That is exactly how I used to live my knitting life, scurrying around to finish something for Mom, something for Kathy, something for Andi, you get the picture. A few years ago my whole philosophy on knitting for people for Christmas changed. I still give people knitted treasures for Christmas, I just approach it in a different way. I knit things I love all year, then in December I carefully look at each one and know who they are for. Like this little beauty. . .
My treasures have been growing over the past year. I've found many beautiful things I love and have been knitting away. In December, I will unveil which treasure will be going home with what friend. I will even have more treasures into the mix by then. It is probably too late to develop this knitting philosophy for this year, but think about it for next year. It may work for you!