Good mail day



I don’t know how, but somehow all the knitting-related things I ordered in the last two months arrived in my mailbox yesterday. Granted, there were not many things, but still. My sister was visiting for the day and both times I went to the door to let her in (when she arrived and after she moved her car) there was another package. Seeing as she was also in town (in part) so I could teach her how to knit a hat, it felt a bit like fate was telling me to spend my day off knitting. Ahem.


This means I’m pretty much set for the holidays now. I was planning to pick up The Yarn Whisperer anyway, since I own everything else Clara Parkes has written and have found it invaluable to my development as a knitter. I pre-ordered her book way back at the beginning of October, and while on Amazon I saw that I could also pre-order Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting, which sounded so entirely excellent that I added it to my cart before really thinking twice (I’m pretty sure I read an excerpt somewhere, too, but I can’t think where now.)


The yarn is a real treat. It’s Gynx Self-Striping Strong Sock in the Christmas Bells colourway, and it is for my Christmas socks. Every year, after all my gift knitting is finished, I knit myself a pair of socks over the holidays. Generally, I cast on right after finishing my gifts and try to cast-off before New Year’s Eve gets underway. It’s a general guideline, though, and last year I cast on my holiday socks before my last gift was finished because I needed some social knitting to do around my family. I thought about knitting myself something fancy this year, but since these socks will be mostly knit while in transit or sitting around with family, it’s better to work on something that won’t require constant attention. With such fun stripy action, I’m thinking this year I’ll knit myself another pair of Jaywalkers.

Do you have holiday knitting traditions?

5 thoughts on “Good mail day

  1. Cassy

    What a great mail day! Yarn-related mail is the best. I’m trying Gynx yarns for the first time with some socks and I love it! Can’t wait to see how that colorway looks as Jaywalkers! That Clara Parkes book is amazing too. I’m almost finished with it, but I’m trying to savor it bit by bit.

  2. Julia M.

    Well, last year, I spend the 25th of December (in Germany, you get your presents at the evening of the 24th) finishing the second sock for my mum, because I couldn’t do that in time. I hope that this WON’T become a tradition, though. :mrgreen: .

    I have to check out the books! Last year, I put the Yarn Harlot’s books on my wish list but didn’t receive them, but both titles seem very interesting. šŸ™‚

    The yarn, btw, is gorgeous, too – somehow, the texture of US yarns differes from the European ones I’ve used so far (do they ply that differently)? I’m already curious how your Jaywalkers will look! šŸ˜€

  3. Audry

    Oooo, fun holiday sock yarn! I’m looking forward to seeing how it stripes up.

    Our holiday tradition around Christmas is to have a family dinner Christmas Eve and go out to a movie Christmas Day. (We don’t really do presents, which only sucked when I was little and there would be the inevitable school assignment of “what did you do/get for Christmas. Now it’s great because there isn’t any expectations or disappointment.)

  4. Andrea

    Oh, such fun mail day! Never heard of these books so thanks for putting them on my radar. The yarn, oh the YARN! It looks so awesome and those socks are going to make for happy feet. No holiday knitting traditions here, but (1) because my Mr. goes away to school again before New Year’s, (2) I get half the day off from work on the 31st, and (3) I’m not a partier, I’ve decided I will seclude myself on New Year’s Eve and Day and just knit and hand quilt to my heart’s content.

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