As I write this, Christmas seems a long way off.  It’s over two months until Christmas, yet I have an urge to begin my Christmas knitting.

Some years I have been too busy to knit, and some just haven’t felt like Christmas much.  Last year I learned that sometimes even when you don’t feel like Christmas, is when you need it most.  Just like the song from Mame, “We Need A Little Christmas Now.”

Last year I started knitting Christmas ornaments in December.  They actually helped me get ready for Christmas.

Wondering how?  By knitting an ornament in the evening, it was a great way to relax.  And I found myself thinking about how it would look on my tree.

This year, I’ve decided to start a little earlier and see if it helps put me in the right frame of mind.  And yes with the news lately, knitting is one of my favorite stress-relievers.

Do you need to knit yourself a little Christmas early?

Sometimes you just need to knit something for Christmas.  Even if the weather seems more like fall…or maybe summer.

Why Should I Make a Christmas Knitting Ornament Now?

Why begin knitting Christmas ornaments early?

  • They are small projects and can usually be finished quickly.  Making a bunch of Christmas ornaments can get you in the mood to do some serious Christmas knitting.
  • They can help use up odds and ends of a skein of yarn.  Like when the pair of socks you knit left a small ball of yarn, not enough to knit a big project and too large to just throw away.  And in this economy, you may be feeling more frugal than usual.
  • They’re a great gift that can become a treasured heirloom.  Even simple ornaments can bring love and cheer to your tree or someone you love.  And your Christmas knitting can bring cheer to a window or hang from furniture if there’s no tree.

My snowflake Christmas knitting ornament pattern is a great place to start if you like knitting in the round.  I like making them with leftover sock yarn, even if they are not in the traditional red and green Christmas colors.

You can read more about my Snowflake Christmas Ornaments here.


To your healthy and happy knitting & caregiving,

Dr. InaAbout The Knitting Dr Logo
Ina Gilmore, M.D. (Retired)
“The Knitting Dr.”

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