Every year, I say that everyone, family and friends, will get a handmade Christmas present from yours truly. Sometimes, I even write down a list with names and, actually, attach an idea of what pattern or project said name will get. I might even pick out some yarn and get something on the needles. I might even knit or crochet a bit every so often.
Next thing I know, November pops up on the calendar and I wonder where all the time went that I could have spent knitting or crocheting. I rush to finish whatever project I have on the needles before my December deadline. This deadline usually involves looking up the shipping deadlines for various postal services because, of course, I don't live near most of my relatives. Everything has to be shipped.
I am always surprised when December 24 rolls around and I still haven't finished gifts. I will still be knitting up until the New Year and sometimes, (GASP) still be working on Christmas presents in March. I think I have, possibly, shipped out a Christmas present as late as April or May one year. I NEVER get everything on my list completed. Most years, I rush around shopping online to make up for the lack of handmade gifts.
This year, I have actually begun my Christmas knitting early. Yes, I know, that is a new concept for me. I am determined not to procrastinate this year. I have made my list. It is a long list. As it stands, at this moment, I have 24 names on my list. Yep, 24!!! There are even some relatives on the list that have never gotten a gift from me, of any kind, ever.
Some names on my list have patterns listed next them. I have even joined a Christmas Knitting group on Ravelry to get some support in my quest to actually finish everything on my list by Christmas. And, guess what? On May 10, 2015, I cast on for my first gift. No procrastinating, I just did it. On May 16, 2015, I actually finished, yes, I said, FINISHED, my first gift. One down, only 23 more to go.
Admittedly, I started small. A lot of hat projects are on my list. I'm not, totally, unrealistic. All of the nieces and nephews are each getting hats this year. And, each one will be different.
I found this adorable kit at my new LYS here in Florida. The hat is called Top This! Hat by DMC and there are 12 different kits.
And since, probably, most likely, NONE of my relatives read my blog, I think it will be safe to keep the blog updated on my progress this year. I plan to do whatever it takes to keep myself motivated. I want a procrastination free zone this holiday season. This year, it will be Christmas at my house all year long.
Keep you posted.