Why didn’t I start, like, four months ago?

Dear Curtis and Claudia -

It's like a spy photo from Alias, courtesy of my Palm PilotHi. How are you? I am fine. I hope this letter finds you well. I am writing to let you know that you might be able to celebrate Christmas on December 25th with the rest of us because it is entirely possible that I will actually finish the Christmas stocking I promised your son before Christmas. Despite my best efforts to underestimate the amount of time this project would take and knit mistakes into the work which require huge amounts of tedious frogging, I am finished with the heel, which means that with good knitting momentum, I should finish the last motif early tomorrow morning today. Then, just the toe stands between me and a finished Festivus Stocking (or as I am calling it privately, The Project I Should Have Started in July).

Raise your hand if you desperately need blocking to reach your full potential I realize that this note may seem like I am falling down on the job as far as my Fairy Godmother duties go, that even though I am not an official caretaker or role model in your son’s life, I may still serve more as a horrible warning than a shining example in the human behavior department. Lest you worry further that I will fail to complete my holiday task, let me remind you that I am 99 percent sure that FedEx delivers on Christmas Day, and I am even more sure that I will not have to resort to that. Because I am going to finish the stocking. On time. Early, even. Let us not mention the fact that I was forced (forced, I tell you) to start a new pair of socks because a. it would have been foolhardy to try and take the stocking on a cross-country plane trip – I have trouble not making mistakes when I’m sitting still. and b. I left my Retro Ribs (and my knitting box and my ballwinder at my parents’ house over Thanksgiving (I know that this is like “the dog ate my homework” excuse).

Socks for mom - who couldn't love that?What? A vacation, you say? I’ll tell you, a week in San Diego (non-knitting, beach and sun pictures here) seemed a lot more reasonable before I realized that the first week in December is prime Christmas knitting time (yes, I realize I’m going to hell for suggesting that I would forgo vacation to stay on deadline with this nutty stocking project). And yes, not only was I away from the stocking all week, I knitted something else too. (Fortissima Colori Socka Color, #9069, if you care) But they’re for my mom. So I’m in the clear. My mom wants socks, no deadlines, no strings attached, so of course, they fly off the needles. But I swear I haven’t touched them since we got back! It’s been all stocking, all the time since we returned to the land of snow and ice, because I love you two and I love your son.

Love (and I mean that),

Donna

P.S. I’m looking forward to seeing you tomorrow. Please come as late in the day as you possibly can.

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