Every Christmas for about the past 4, I have dug out the boys’ old Christmas stockings and thought I should knit/crochet them some instead. The ones they have are some kind of machine knit store bought fair isle things, with loooooong stretches of yarn inside that catch every toy that Santa puts in. And it’s even harder for the boys to get their stuff out. I think, “Hey, it’s only the beginning of December – I should totally be able to crank out 3 stockings amidst all the other Christmas knitting/crocheting I have to do. And the baking. And the decorating. And packing, as we’ve been away from home 3 out of the last 4 years.”
And before I know it, it’s 2 am on Christmas morning, and I’m just finishing up that hat/scarf/mitten and frantically wrapping it so I can have a few hours of sleep before the kids wake me up with their joyous yells of “Santa came!!!!” And another Christmas passes without me making them new stockings.
So, I think, I have a year now. I can work on them in the summer, when it’s awful hot and I’m wishing for snow, and all that. Think that works? Nope. It hasn’t yet.
I’m thinking I need a new plan. I have never done this before, but I’m giving myself crafting goals, if only to remind myself of what I’d really like to accomplish by the end of the year. In the hopes that I will refer back to this when the call of the latest neatest coolest thing from Knitty.com is calling so loud. Or someone brings something amazing to knitnight and I want to cast on one for me immediately. (Not pointing any fingers, JULIE and your Friendly Gray thing that I didn’t even like until I saw yours and now I want one. But in a different color)
1.) New Christmas stockings for the boys – let them pick out their colors for the body and the trim. These will be fairly plain – I’m not going all out and doing fair isle or any of that. I may even crochet them for speed. We’ll see.
2.) Cross stitch one tea towel from that collection I bought 3 or 4 kids ago.
3.) Work on Steve’s Bucs blanket for at least 1 hour every month.
4.) Finish up Maureen’s big black shrug. She’s been way too patient,
5.) Ditto Dulcie’s scarf that matches the hat I already made her.
6.) Start one of my sweaters. Whenever I want to start something for myself, I seem to always make socks. Not that I don’t love my socks, but dang. I actually even have the yarn for like 3 or 4 of them at least, but I just wait and wait.
7.) Finish Kristi’s purple socks
8.) Start some Christmas presents during the year, instead of waiting until December. D’uh.
Something tells me that there are a couple more that escape me at the moment, but that doesn’t surprise me. I’m going to go ahead and post this for now, and print it off and hang it near my bed as a reminder. Don’t be surprised if you see me refer back to this or even add some too it as I come in to full brain power.
Happy New Year!