Christmas can be the most hectic time of the year. From finding the right presents, putting up the decorations, writing cards, finding a boys sparkly party costume for the school play, distributing said cards and presents, need I go on? While we are busy running around doing all these things, there is one thing that always get pushed to the bottom of the list. Taking care of ourselves.
This year I’m inviting you to do things a bit differently. Unfortunately I haven’t got a magical recipe for a stress-free Christmas (when I do though you’ll be the first to know!), but I can encourage you to put yourself at the top of the list every day, at least for a little while.
If you’ve been following me on Instagram or reading the blog for a while, the idea of creating your own advent calendar won’t be new to you. If not, it’s an idea I started last year in response to not being able to afford to buy any of the beautiful yarn advent calendars that I’d seen on Instagram.
This year I’ve decided to take it one step further and invite you to join in the fun by creating a calendar of your own. The idea being that each day in the run up to Christmas, we all take a little time out of our day to open our advent calendars and enjoy the contents. You can share your little moments of calm on Instagram using #AdventAlong2020.
My hope is that it will provide you, and me, with some much needed calm and community during what is set to be a very strange Christmas. It’s not too late to join in. Whether you like to sit with a cup of tea, read a book, get creative, or do nothing, as long as it’s something you enjoy and allows you to take some time for yourself you’re more than welcome to pop in whenever you like!
I love knitting socks, so with my homemade yarn calendar I’ll be knitting socks again like last year. Sometimes just picking up the needles and knitting a few stitches whenever I get the chance can be really soothing. But the idea of picking up/ putting down and socks don’t often mix. That’s why this year I have created the Keep It Simple socks. A simple sock recipe that requires very little thought on your part! With an afterthought heel and instructions for both toe-up and cuff-down socks you can cast on without a care in the world. The only time you’ll need to concentrate is checking the length and while you’re decreasing (or increasing) for the toe and heel.
As my gift to you, you can get 25% off the Keep It Simple socks from now until 6 December. Simply use the code KISS when you visit my Payhip store.
I hope you’ll enjoy knitting your socks, and I look forward to seeing you over on Instagram for the 2020 Advent-Along!
NB. As always, a low-vision accessible version is included which uses Arial font in size 22, all black text and no italics. All instructions are written in full.