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Nov 27, 2016

Tis the Season: Holiday Films for Holiday Knitting

Thanksgiving has arrived, Christmas is right around the corner, and my knitting list is way too long.

In other words, things are just as they always are in the buildup to peak holiday season. Last year, I had a calm, well-reasoned plan that served me (fairly) well. Everything that had to be knit was completed, and along the way, I made a bazillion chenille Christmas trees.


While everyone was wonderfully appreciative of their little hand knit gifts, many optional projects fell by the wayside and weren't completed until after the holidays.



At the moment, I'm buried under a pile of life and work demands deeper than I am tall, so this year's plan is so supremely simple, it may sound a bit goofy. First, I made two lists:

Knitting List
  1. Christmas Trees Classic
  2. Christmas Trees Contempo
  3. Mitts (Wyndfael)
  4. More Mitts (Kintra)
  5. Rainbow Afghan
  6. Tikkyn Afghan
Viewing List
Since I'm a fan of classic films, I'm focusing on the original versions, most of which are from the thirties, forties and fifties:
  1. Bachelor Mother
  2. Christmas in Connecticut
  3. Desk Set
  4. Holiday Inn
  5. It's a Wonderful Life
  6. Miracle on 34th Street
  7. The Bishop's Wife
  8. The Christmas Story
  9. White Christmas
  10. Woman of the Year
Then, with my lists in place, I developed this ridiculously basic action plan:
  • Pick a project to work on.
  • Cue up the appropriate film.
  • Knit, knit, knit. 


Easy, right?

In a perfect world, I'd knit like the wind and in record time finish every project on the list. Since the world is far from perfect and I'm anything but speedy, my goals are to knit faster than a snail taking a nap and finish every must-have gift item. Then, if there's time to spare (feel free to laugh, I certainly am), I'll tackle projects that don't have an immediate deadline.


Will it work? I don't know, but I'm optimistic.

At minimum, I'll get some knitting done while I revisit some favorite classic holiday films. If all goes well, I'll accomplish both plus a little more. Either way, immersing myself in holiday knitting and films will infuse each day with the spirit of the season and help me complete a few things, which is a very good thing indeed.


Love your suggestions for great holiday films, keep 'em coming!

6 comments:

  1. so so so adorable! beautiful work!

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  2. Desk Set is a great one! I finally saw it for the first time this year.

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  3. These are so sweet! And White Christmas is my absolute favourite. Glad to see it on your list :)

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  4. You might like to watch The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey. It's my favorite Christmas movie. It's not exactly vintage, but it's a great story and appropriate for all ages. Your little knitted trees are precious!

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  5. Lol, I love your attitude. "Faster than a snail taking a nap"! I love it. I hope you get most of your list done, and get some great movies in to boot. PS, I love those trees!

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