panic

Christmas Panic.

Every year. Every dang year. I try so hard not to freak out in the last week before Christmas – this year I even had gift ideas and plans all lined up months ago. But it happened anyway, things get in the way and you never get around to starting early. I hate the Christmas Panic, I really do. All the stressiness ruins my Christmas spirit. I’m trying really hard to just Ho Ho Ho through it and enjoy making these things for people that I hope will enjoy them.

To be fair, nothing I have to finish in the next week and a half is particularly difficult, there’s just lots and lots of little bits to do. And one big bit. But even that isn’t *difficult*. It’s not like thinking you might be able to knit a whole sweater vest in a week. (Based on a true story.)

Just in case anyone is looking who shouldn’t be (I doubt it, but better sneaky than sorry), here’s just a little peek of what I’ll be trying to finish in time for the big day.

Unfinished Christmas Presents.
Unfinished Christmas Presents.
Unfinished Christmas Presents.
Unfinished Christmas Presents.

And some other little things. And one thing I haven’t exactly decided on yet. Oy. Ho Ho Ho!

Are you freaking out?

Map Sampler – 2 days to go

MK Map Sampler - WIP

I pretty much have to get back to stitching STAT! but I wanted to show my progress. It’s been a non-stop stitchoramafest here for the last 5-ish days, living and breathing nothing but this project. I so wish it was finished. So much. I keep daydreaming about knitting and reading and knitting. I think when this is done, I will treat myself to a fun instant-gratification-type knitting project before I tackle the joy that is Christmas crafting (hint: those posts will probably be tagged with ‘panic’ as well).

Remind me not to leave projects this late before the deadline, ‘k? Thanks.

So this is how far I am now, with about two-three days to go. There’s lots of spaces left but they are now mostly small spaces. That means it’ll be tricky to come up with fill small enough for them, but faster to stitch.

Then I will stitch over all the borders in backstitch, big fat backstitch, in a very dark blue. You can get an idea of how that will look in this odd picture (sorry, taken as I worked in poor / weird light):

MK Map Sampler - WIP

I might start that soon, just to break up the fills because I’m starting to hit the wall a little now. I’m running out of ideas for stitch patterns and running out of the will do to anymore! Naw, I’m kidding … a little. I am awfully happy with it though. I bet it doesn’t look like much now with the areas all kind of blurring into each other, but I know adding the dark border lines in will really make each section pop and tie it all together.

Until then, here’s some close-ups of some of the ‘neighborhoods’ to keep you busy while I go back to stitching (click through to Flickr for bigger versions).

MK Map Sampler - WIP
MK Map Sampler - WIP
MK Map Sampler - WIP
MK Map Sampler - WIP