Holiday stitching

Every year about this time, I think about all the crocheting I didn't get done in time for Christmas.  This year feels a bit different:  It has finally dawned on my thick skull that ornaments and garlands and small projects like wrist warmers are perfect summer stitching:  they are portable and often made from threads and yarns that are thin and/or not wooly.  Rather than saving this stitching to November, as last-minute quickie projects, when so many folks are scrambling to finish sweaters and afghans for holiday gifting, it really does make sense to have these ideas floating around in June or July when the weather may be too warm for bigger projects.