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I was feeling really good about my Holiday Stashdown progress last week, when I somehow completed an entire gift in one day.
The Bruges lace scarf I made for my friend, JS.
But then I happened to look at a calendar. You may remember that my personal Holiday Stashdown deadline is Sunday, November 18 because I hate shopping after Black Friday. Well, since that date is only about 11 weeks from now, it looks like I need to get moving on these holiday gifts.
Most of my projects are small and can probably be completed within a week if I create a schedule and stick to it. I decided to look at my list – again – and think about the order. I’m currently working on an infinity scarf using the Bruges lace pattern I designed for one of the ladies in my dad’s family.
I think I’ll work on the remaining projects in this order:
Week of 9/3: Knit a cabled for my dad’s partner.
I plan to use this Cascade 220 Superwash I won in a Robyn Chachula’s giveaway.
Week of 9/10: Finish the hexagon Christmas stocking for my grandfather.
I need to make 12 more hexagons and join them to finish the stocking.
Week of 9/17: Crochet a scarf for another lady in my dad’s family.
Week of 9/24: Knit a hat for my uncle.
My uncle’s hat will be something like these ribbed beanies I made for my male cousins.
Week of 10/1: Crochet a scarf for another lady in my dad’s family.
Week of 10/8: Make a hat or a pair of house slippers in charcoal grey for my special guy. I’m not sure yet if this project will be crocheted or knit, or what pattern I’ll use.
Week of 10/15: Crochet the last scarf for a lady in my dad’s family.
Week of 10/22: Make something for my sister. I’ve thought about using these slipper soles I bought for her a few years back, but I’m not sure if that will be too warm for her since she now lives in New Orleans?
Week of 10/29: Crochet a scarf for my high school BFF, CG.
I bought this awesome yarn – Nancy’s Hair by No Two Snowflakes – while in Philadelphia with CG in mind.
Week of 11/5: Knit a hat for my other high school BFF, JM. I’ve been thinking of using this pattern since he’s a coffee fiend.
Week of 11/12: Finish the Pineapple Doily Shawl, which I can give to my mom since it is made with yarn from her mother’s stash.
It’s been hibernating all summer. I’m planning to do a CAL with my crochet students, and classes don’t start until the end of September.
Week of 11/19: If everything on this list is completed, start working on pet gifts at a leisurely pace.
This sounds really (perhaps overly) ambitious, but I am going to go for it! If you are working on your holiday gifts now, have you had to switch around your priorities as the summer comes to an end?
Feel free to share your progress on your personal holiday gift making journey in the comments!