Last year, I did a lot of advanced holiday crafting, and I even finished all of my gifts by mid-November. This year, not so much. When Thanksgiving rolled around last week, I realized I was in for some trouble and sat down to look at my handmade holiday list.
I started this nativity set for my Mom at the end of May, using Carolyn Christmas‘s Amigurumi Nativity pattern. Currently, I have six heads and I just bought fiber fill, pellets for the bases, and some safety eyes.
A few weeks ago, I received this beautiful skein of Mountain Colors Twizzle in Swift Current from Mountain Colors to review. I figured you can’t review a yarn without trying it out, and something about it said shawl to me. On Friday, I picked up the delightful Shaping Shawls by Anna Dalvi (an awesome book, by the way) and decided to try my and at designing a simple knit crescent shawl for my younger sister. It’s about two-thirds finished now.
And speaking of my sister, I started an earwarmer for her boyfriend. They currently are in law school in New Orleans but he’s accepted a job in Houston after graduation in May. This will be reversible: one side will be for the New Orleans Saints and the other for the Houston Texans. I’ve finished the first side in Tunisian crochet and it will need some serious blocking before it is gift.
I have little more than these notes I took earlier this year about my Uncle Bill’s hat. He has one of those factory made cashmere hats, and I was planning to make a handmade version with some scrumptious Galler Yarns Pashmina I have on hand. So far, other than the finding the note (which took some time!), identifying the yarn, and picking out needles, I’ve done nothing.
Luckily, I have finished one project - from my original YOP list, no less - a baby blanket for my dear friend’s newborn.
And then there are the 7 or so more handmade gifts that I haven’t even started yet. Oh, and 4 design samples due in mid-December for a magazine (but I haven’t received the yarn support yet).
So here’s my challenge to myself: finish a project every 2 days between now and the end of December. What do you think? Can it be accomplished?
For more Year of Projects posts, visit this thread on Ravelry.