Showing posts with label 12 months to christmas. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 12 months to christmas. Show all posts

7 Months to Christmas! Goals for June!

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May was a busy month for me- a lot of progress was made, but not a lot of finishing was done.  I'm hoping this month will be good for some finishing!!!  I've been updating my lists as I go along, and you can see that I have one person completely done and almost one thing done for every person who is getting multiple items.  Some items changed- based on other things that I tried or worked out.

Check out my updated list:


Must Craft For:
Queen Bee  -   pillow/snowflake  (pillow needs back, stuffing and seaming)
Striker – single serving treats/pies in jars/something food/hotpads/snowflake {blanket 2013}
Lily – a bed sized blanket/snowflake 
Lucy –  bed sized blanket/snowflake
MIL - snowflake/hotpads/hat/scarf{blanket 2012}
SIL - cowl/snowflake {blanket 2013}
Linney – dw mittens/snowflake/ dw crochet hook
Hubs -  Extra big & long blanket/sampler style?  (12 squares of 24-30 done, depending on how big 24 comes out)

Would like to craft for:
Aud - snowflake/hotpads/crochet hook 
Kynz - fingerless mitts
Efan -  Creeper hat
Humph - mittens/cardi?
Shep - hat? (aquabats)
V -  snowflake/horse something?  computer sleeve?
FIL –club covers?
STLM - club covers? {blanket 2013}  (1 done, 2 to go)
GGJ- Snowflake/hotpads
Soo- Snowflake/hotpads
Al- hp crochet hook

In Progress:
club covers
cowl for SIL
Testing for blanket designs for the girls
Extra big and Long Blanket- Sampler
Pillow- need back and seaming

Designs to do:

Completed:
All snowflakes for misc people
dw crochet hook
hp crochet hook
crochet hook with grip
Creeper hat
12/24 or 30 squares for Big and Long Blanket
1/10 Hotpads
Pillow Front

As you can see, I've completed a few things that make me happy- particularly the squares for the big and long blanket.  They're working up really nicely and I'm working out many kinks as I go.  In fact, I'll probably host a Mystery CAL after the holidays with this as the pattern!  I've got 10 different squares I've designed, and am using 10 different colors throughout (kind of an experiment in using up some leftover yarn in semi coordinating patterns)

I've pretty much set everything that everyone is getting, and am now focusing on making big progress on wiping out some of the easier projects this month so I can cross some more people off my lists!  I will be doing a lot of traveling this month and was thinking that hotpads would make great car projects!!  Plus, cotton is easy to fit into bags and they're light and small for the summer heat.  

This month, make sure your list is finalized, and try and finish a person or two to make the rest of your year easier!    Let me know how you're doing in the comments below!

8 Months to Christmas! Kick into Gear!

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With the start of the summer, comes outdoor activities, less crafting time and more heat!  Smaller projects are a virtue during the summer, so that you don't overheat.  This is the time of the year to make hats, mittens, socks, and all those other small projects!  That isn't saying that you shouldn't work on blankets, especially if you live somewhere that you have cool nights!  I myself have switched to working motifs for blankets since it's getting warmer!
Well, without further ado, welcome to May!  May should be a big time for finalizing portions of your list and knocking out a couple of projects!  Trust me, you'll feel better if you do!  Time to review our lists!

Here's how mine looks after April's work:

Must Craft For:
Queen Bee  -   Shawl like black and white one/snowflake  
Striker – single serving treats/pies in jars/something food/hotpads/snowflake {blanket 2013}
Lily – tiny animals, totoro set, a bed sized blanket/snowflake
Lucy – animals, aquabats anything, TMBG dolls, bed sized blanket/snowflake
MIL - snowflake/hotpads/socks{blanket 2012}
SIL - cowl/snowflake {blanket 2013}
Linney – socks/mittens/snowflake(something knit)
Hubs -  Extra big & long blanket/sampler style?

Would like to craft for:
Aud - snowflake/hotpads (something knit)
Kynz - fingerless mitts
Efan -  Creeper hat
Humph - mittens/cardi?
Shep - hat?
V -  snowflake/horse something?
FIL – Green Bay Packers Blanket/club covers?
STLM - club covers? {blanket 2013}
GGJ- Snowflake/hotpads
Soo- Snowflake/hotpads

In Progress:
club covers
sock testing
cowl for SIL
Testing for socks and mittens
Testing for blanket designs for the girls

Designs to do:

Completed:
All snowflakes for misc people

All of the items that are stricken out are finished, the blue highlighted items are in progress, the green highlighted items are ones that I have something in mind and the yellow highlighted items are in the planning phase.  As you can see, I've finished some of the bulk work that I wanted to do and have made some headway on both testing and work on projects for people.  I've also worked on refining my list to pinpoint people that I have figured out or ones that I need to work on ideas for them.  This month, my goal is to finish off the two projects that I currently have in progress and work towards the designs for several others.  

Goals for May: 

Pin down the final designs for all remaining people that you haven't started projects for.
Finish at least one small project and work on a larger project.
Be able to cross at least one person off your list!


As a bonus, here are some quick and easy projects that you can try to cross some people off your crafting list!

Lace Scallop Hat (Knit)

Unforgettable Hat (Crochet)

Sifu Soap Sachet and Scrubbie


Soft and Sweet Heart Sachet
Bulky Stacked Shell Cowl
Luxe Cowl

There's some quick and easy projects to get you started.  Here is hoping you can finish a project or two this month!!!  

(Oh and hey, shouldn't I get props for being on time this month??  *bows*)









9 Months to Christmas- Craft your way to a Happy Holiday! April's goals!

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April's Goals are the most simple of them all.  Hopefully you've started on your big item (or at least one of the items on your list), and maybe you've even finished something!  I am halfway done with one present and have been testing things for another.  You'll want to come back to your list again and look and see if any of your ideas have changed.  Here is my list (with updates and more comments!)

Must Craft For:
Queen Bee  -   Shawl like black and white one/ oval doily/ bath stuff/snowflake {blanket 2012}
Striker – single serving treats/pies in jars/something food/hotpads? {blanket 2013}
Lily – tiny animals, totoro set, a bed sized blanket
Lucy – animals, aquabats anything, TMBG dolls, bed sized blanket
MIL - snowflake/hotpads/socks{blanket 2012}
SIL - cowl/snowflake/hotpads/socks {blanket 2013}
Linney – socks/mittens?(something knit)
Hubs -  Extra big & long blanket/sampler style?

Would like to craft for:
Aud - snowflake/hotpads/socks (something knit)
Kynz - fingerless mitts
Efan -  Creeper hat
Humph - socks/mittens/cardi?
Shep - hat?
V -  horse something?
FIL – Green Bay Packers Blanket?
STLM - club covers? {blanket 2013}
GGJ- Snowflake/hotpads
Soo- Snowflake/hotpads


As you can see, I've added more "bulk creation" items (where i can make similar "copies" of an item for ease of gifting).  

I have a collection of snowflakes that I had been working on in my spare time, so this seems like a good year to give them out- so they've been added to my list, and hotpads are super easy- I love this vintage thick and easy potholder and all of my giftees love them too!

While I can't totally cross anyone off of my list yet, I've got a good start and lots of testing going.  I'm hoping this month to finish at least one project, sort through my snowflakes, and complete some testing/begin crafting on tested works.

Your goals for April are:

1) continue working on projects that you started in March.
2) test what you need to to prepare for work
3) work even more on finalizing your list
4) Finish at least one project, no matter how small- Just so you can have the pleasure of marking one thing off your list!!


10 Months to Christmas!!! March Goals!

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I wish I was better about being "on the ball" about posting on this topic, but somehow life keeps getting away from me!!  This month, you should be having some good ideas about the things that you want to be making for people- my list hasn't changed much from last month:

Must Craft For:
Queen Bee  -   Shawl like black and white one/ oval doily/ bath stuff/ {blanket 2012}
Striker – single serving treats/pies in jars/something food? {blanket 2013}
Lily – tiny animals, totoro set, a bed sized blanket
Lucy – animals, aquabats anything, TMBG dolls, bed sized blanket
MIL - {blanket 2012}
SIL - {blanket 2013}
Linney – (something knit)
Hubs -  Extra big & long blanket

Would like to craft for:
Aud - (something knit)
Kynz - fingerless mitts
Efan -  Creeper hat
Humph - cardi?
Shep - hat?
V -  horse something?
FIL – Green Bay Packers Blanket
STLM - {blanket 2013}


Now we're on to finalizing and starting work on things.

Here are some of the patterns that I have honed in on as things that I want to make for people, in no particular order:

Shawl:
Gail (Nightsongs)
Or this one:

Ashton Shawlette


A selection of flower motifs that might eventually make blankets for my girls beds:
Simple 10 Petal Afghan Square
Sunflower Motif
This awesome horse (but not for mittens!)

Meaghan's Mittens
Then I think I have someone in mind for a hybrid of these two Catching Fire Cowl patterns:

the Huntress Cowl

District 12 Cowl Wrap

So on to your goals for this month.... they're pretty easy still...

1:  Start working on one thing.  If this is a large blanket or simply a new pattern, it's better to get started on it now, rather than later when you might run out of time.

2: Continue to gather gift ideas and inspiration, pin yourself down to patterns or crafts and try to have at least half of your list finalized for April.

3: Create a "secret place" (mine is a box up on the top shelf of my closet) to store your finished gifts once they're done.




















11 Months to Christmas, February's Goals!

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In January, I introduced a monthly section on my blog devoted to helping you become a crafting master and increasing your ability to craft for everyone on your list.  January’s task was to just start thinking.  No need to start crafting yet (unless you were feeling very ambitious), just making lists of people that you would like to craft for and also gathering ideas of things that you would like to craft.
Before we move on to February’s goals and tasks, I would like to share with you my work done in January so that you can kind of get an idea about what goes on in my head when planning for Christmas all year long.

First up, my list of people whom I would like to craft for this year (nicknames have been provided to protect the innocent)

Must Craft For:
Queen Bee
Striker
Lily
Lulu
MIL
SIL
Linney
Hubs

Would like to craft for:
Aud
Kynz
Efan
Humph
Shep
V
FIL
GGJ
STLM

Now before I share the second stage of my list (which is very very messy) I would like to share with you how I keep my madness organized- First I have a pinterest board full of Christmas Crafting ideas.  Some of these I have found and marked with particular people in mind and others I have pinned just to have a general sense of some of the ideas that I would like to try.  Second, I start making notes- about comments people have made, prior years gifts (ie who has received a blanket from me before, as I try to cycle those), and other personality quirks and likes that I know my friends and family have. 

Now here’s where the fun comes in.  I have my first list again, this time with my possible gift ideas written next to each name.   Some names may have lots of items, and others may have none at all.  None of these are set in stone- they can change based on my mood, other projects that come along and many other fleeting things that happen in my life  (so in other words, if you think you’re on this list- you may or may not get anything on this list, instead you might get coal.)  The notes in parentheses are core requirements for whatever I make, if there are any.

Must Craft For:
Queen Bee  -   Shawl like black and white one/ oval doily/ bath stuff/ {blanket 2012}
Striker – single serving treats/pies in jars/something food? {blanket 2013}
Lily – tiny animals, totoro set, a bed sized blanket
Lucy – animals, aquabats anything, TMBG dolls, bed sized blanket
MIL - {blanket 2012}
SIL - {blanket 2013}
Linney – (something knit)
Hubs -  Extra big & long blanket

Would like to craft for:
Aud - (something knit)
Kynz -
Efan -
Humph -
Shep -
V -
FIL – Green Bay Packers Blanket
STLM - {blanket 2013}

I will continue to add to this list as the year progresses, as I find projects to start and things that inspire me.  

Next up, I always make a list of cool "group" gifts- gifts that can be made in larger quantities and gift to multiple people.  At the top of my list this year are cooking and baking ideas, followed by bath and then home decor.  In the end, what I do will all depend on how my mood fluctuates throughout the year.  

Now....   You've got a list started, you've got some vague ideas from a pinterest board... where to move from here?  How do you start working on things for Christmas this early?  Well, start with what is fun, what makes the most sense or what strikes you at the moment.  It's cold out now, and if you're a yarn crafter, that means it is the best time of the year to start working on blankets or sweaters- plus, these items can sometimes take a great deal of time, and starting on them now will ensure that you have them all done by the time Christmas comes around (or if not, you'll have enough time to at least know that you'll need to ditch it and head toward something easier for that person!)

So this brings me to your goals for February (being that it's so late in the month already, be thankful that your goals are easy)

1) Keep working on identifying gifts that could be nice to give to people.  Keep pinning and making notes.

2) If you find something that you love, or that is particularly seasonal in crafting (ie blankets and sweaters as I discussed before), start working on it!  Don't delay if you don't have to!  There's nothing wrong with getting a Christmas present done early!

Your main goal is to have all of your big ideas sorted out early.  This way you can get started on them in the first part of the year rather than later!  

In March, we'll see where my list has progressed and start organizing and checking items off our list!