... because no one wants a new calendar once January has already started!
It's easy to think you have plenty of time in September, when you recklessly purchase a couple of blank calendars in Lidl.
"That will make a nice Christmas present for the grandparents," you say to yourself. "I can just stick a few photos in, and embellish them a bit."
Then you have to actually find twelve photos. Preferably not all of the same child. Preferably taken at appropriate times during the past year so you can have a summery photo on the June page, and a Christmassy photo in December.
And the kids are sick through most of December and not very photogenic as a result.
And then you have to print them out, and find suitable backing papers for each page.
And then it takes longer than you thought to glue them all in straight. (Or wonky as the mood takes you.)
And you haven't got the right embellishments in your vast box of things, so you decide simple, uncluttered pages would be nice.
But eventually, on 28th December, when the grandparents have all gone home after their Christmas visit, it is actually finished.
Just have to remember to take it to the Post Office tomorrow. And hope Royal Mail can get it there before February!
Let's face it; knitting a scarf is one of the most boring projects going.
Which is exactly why I love this pompom yarn; knits up super fast and super easy!!
The big scarf is for a Christmas present and has been knitted two or three rows at a time in snatched spare moments, and the little scarf is for Poppy's stocking and took about thirty minutes last night.
Actually it's a snood.
You might recognise it from this post.
We've been into Birmingham today and my stupid, foolish, lovely husband failed to place the neatly folded ring sling into his bag as per my direct request.
Luckily I was wearing the snood. It's a little stretched now, but it worked just fine!
Okay, so I seem to mostly crochet round things, but it's still crochet.
Here is my bear hat, which came out rather large - toddler size rather than baby, then I made the chicken. I know it's not Easter but I like chickens.
Finally I made the little earflap hat for a friend's baby. It is his baptism on Sunday, so I'm going to give it as a gift. Hope he and his mum like it; it's always rather nerve wracking when presenting a handmade gift.
I was born in 1974 and remember the 1980's with love and happiness.
I got a snood one Christmas. I think it was mohair. I wore it with my reversible dalmatian sweater and some leggings. There were possibly some legwarmers in the equation while we danced along with Shakin' Steven and ate Caramacs...
But back to 2010. I found myself in Lidl, a pack of chunky acrylic and a circular needle fell into my trolley, and my new snood was conceived in a flash of inspiration.
I'm really rather pleased with it; it's basically just a knitted tube, but all soft and cosy, just right for keeping my ears warm on those chilly school run mornings.
And I promise to wear matching purple eyeliner at all times.
So here are my first two Christmas cards. I tend to make them a few at a time and all slightly different because I do so dislike making something twice!!
To make these I used a digi-stamp for the first time - basically an image you print out instead of stamping with ink. I coloured it with my watercolour pencils which I love because they are super quick, finished with some glitter and a peel off greeting.
(This digi-stamp came from Imag-e-nation. If you sign up to their email newsletter they will let you download a free image every week.)