For Christmas this year I decided to make gifts for many of my loved ones. I mapped out a plan around the beginning of November which if followed would have everything done in time for Christmas. Of course, I sat on it and didn’t spend my two weeks at home not traveling doing some of the prep work I assigned to myself because I was too busy just not doing anything. 😀
Over Thanksgiving I planned to cut out some rectangles for a throw for my in-laws but then managed to forget my rotary cutter back at the house. I did get a large chunk of knitting done for my niece’s Christmas sweater and finished a pair of socks for myself. The end of November was coming and while I was making headway on the knit gifts I had to keep myself in for a weekend doing nothing but cutting fabric so as to make some headway on the sewn gifts.
I replotted my timeline and moved two sets of gifts into the “if I have time category” and added a gift for the SO of a family member. The first Saturday in December was spent at a friend’s house in a sewing marathon. I had one gift to finish so it could be delivered the next week!
I am really grateful that my family is the kind of family that truly appreciates handmade gifts. There is always plenty of oohing & aahing and appreciation for the time spent on the item. I was even lucky enough to be on the receiving end of a lovely set of bags from the boy’s side of the family this year.
While I had to can three sets of gifts, so I mostly achieved my goal, I think for this year I may need to plan to start a little farther out from Christmas if I want to complete this volume of handmade gifts again.
Throw blanket for my in-laws
Socks for my sister’s boyfriend
Not pictured – hot pad sets for the boy’s aunts and bags for some of my girlfriends.