Now, I know for a lot of people, this is upsetting/depressing/whatever. But for me, this is just the best! I love this time of year when some of my favorite things/times just come at once!
But I was already thinking about it, since in my family, there are 15 birthdays between October 1 and December 30 - we call it The Birthday Marathon. Fortunately, I don't have to have gifts for every single birthday, but I do like to at least try to send a card so that they know I'm thinking of them.
Plus, our anniversary is October 28, and The Tim's birthday is November 18 - which always throws me off, because all of a sudden one happens, the next happens, Thankgiving happens, Christmas happens, and BAM it's the new year!
However, this doesn't mean I start to panic. First of all, as I said above, I really like this time of year. Secondly, for the past few years I have tried harder than ever to live in the moment. So, although I try to plan ahead as far as gifts are concerned, I don't let myself *get* ahead of things. I've always been able to do this to some degree, but it's even more so now. And as a result, I appreciate it, enjoy it, and am always sad to see things end.
I have not actually started any gift knitting yet (long story involving misplacing things, but it's all good now), but I'm ready. I'm not making a whole lot of things, but my goal is to be finished with things needing to be mailed by the end of November - end of first week of December at the most. And I'm thinking it's completely doable.
Things for The Tim can take longer, because I don't have to mail them, but I try to not leave those until the last-minute either.
Some hats and some kiddo socks (house-type/slipper socks in worsted weight) are the main items I'm planning to knit that will need to be mailed, so I think I'll be OK there.
I'm still knitting away on my Pabaigh, and am not that far away from finishing it, but then it's not likely I'll start anything for myself that I want right away until after the holidays.
Though I reserve the right to start a Christmas-themed project for myself because Christmas comes every year, and it will be for me, so if it isn't finished until January, it will be a surprise for me next year as I will pack it away until then.
But for now, I have to finish September, and get ready for the birthdays to begin. The first birthday, on October 1, is my nephew's 50th, and though I don't generally send him a gift, I'm hoping to get something together to send him that I think he may like. I'll keep you posted. :-)