Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Holiday Stashdown Challenge: Week 4

I'm participating in Underground Crafter's Holiday Stashdown Challenge.

So, writing the posts early nearly guarantees that I post on time. Sounds like a good method to me, but it means that some of my writing may come off as dis-jointed. I apologize in advance.

The prompt this week: You’ve made your list, you’ve thought about yarn, and you’ve scoped out some pattern ideas.  Can you try to match up your projects to people?  What about setting some completion deadlines?  Now’s the time to think about how you are going to make this all happen early this year, rather than at the last minute.  Do you have any organizing or motivating tips to share?  Are there any pitfalls you are worried about?  Tell us how you plan to get your holiday crafting done earlier this year.

I answered part of this question last week, when discussing pattern ideas. I think I'm going to go back to my list from the first week to help me figure some things out.

  • Mom & Dad
  • 3 siblings- T, D, N (1 sister, 2 brothers)
  • E- [as Marie put it] my special guy
  • K, A, B, 3 of my closest friends
  • R, M, 2 of my out-of-town friends
  • 3 aunts, 1 cousin (on my mom's side, all women)
  • E's family (5 children, 9 adults)
  • 16 co-workers (something small)

Some of these are totally planned out, but a few may prove problematic.
My immediate fam is easy: I'm nearly positive that I'm going to put together a 12" block afghan for my parents, and do a smaller individual gift (yet to be determined) for each of them.
My sister is getting a scarf- I just placed a KnitPicks order that included yarn for that- also probably a hat and fingerless mitt- all in blue & purple tones (her request)
Brother N is getting (hopefully) a knitted vest that I've been working on for ages, and probably a nice scarf to make up for my slowness.
Brother D is the hardest- still thinking on that one.

The friends and extended family are getting a variety of scarves or fingerless gloves- patterns to be picked out as I go along- yarn either from stash or my most recent KnitPicks order.

I think I'm going to make snowflake ornaments for my co-workers- those will be from stash yarn.

The rest are still to be determined. I'll probably refine the lists once I'm done with the big summer wedding!


  1. Sounds like a great plan. I love the idea of snowflake ornaments (I may have to borrow that one). I also have a few people that are tough to choose a project for...

  2. Snowflake ornaments hooray!! Our library has a great book of 100 snowflakes. I made many last year. I totally forgot about them until you mentioned it. (That's why I love this challenge!) All this planning is so hard for me! I really want to be organized, but it seems to go against every fiber of my being! I'm hoping that if we stick together it'll help us all!!


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