For Christmas this year, I totally surprised my son. He had been interested in a designer hoodie that was priced at $200. It's too high a price for his or my budget. So, he asked me if I could make one. Well, that was months ago, some time late summer. Just before Thanksgiving, he said "You have all these sewing machines, and you don't use them for sewing." Man! Nothing like a major meltdown from a kid as a reminder that Christmas was coming quickly.
He didn't know that I had saved the image of that hoodie so that I could copy the pattern. Between Thanksgiving and Christmas while my son was in school, I had my countdown to producing "the hoodie". Monday-Friday daily for two weeks, 2:30 P.M. became my alarm. I would clean up all materials and vacuum up all the threads. At night, I worked on socks for my dad and daughter. I didn't want a nosy kid discovering my gift to him.
Yes, I'm not the fastest knitter, but who really cares since it's my time, my countdown.
With that, I leave you with a countdown that I can't control, a new year.
Wishing everyone a very Happy New Year! May 2013 be peaceful, healthy, and prosperous for all.