Oh gosh, I’ve dropped the c bomb in an October blog post, and on a Sunday too – the shame!
No you filthy-minded readers I don’t mean that c word I, of course, mean Christmas.
Hardcore crafters among us would no doubt have started back in January and stashed away each item in a drawer ahead of the festivities.
To all those who do this I salute your forward planning… but what about those of us who have just realised that the countdown to Halloween is a slippery, and fast-paced slope, to Christmas and want to get their knit on?
In a nutshell – get your act together and start now.
A couple of years ago I decided to make my nephew a knitted jacket – the Alexander Jacket by Millamia – and I started it on November 25.
I was still sewing in a sleeve and the decorative patches on while battling travel sickness in the back of the car come Boxing Day morning as we went to visit them.
It was finished just in time and the delight on his face when he opened that package was worth every fretted stitch.
Last year I decided to make my friend’s baby a floral knitted pram cover in time for her being born in November.
I started in October and, as I admitted at the time, making 48 individual squares, sewing them together and then crocheting around the edges is no mean feat when you’ve got 31 days, a full-time job and you’d quite like to fit some sleep in.
In the end it turned into a Christmas present which although turned out beautifully I was furiously stitching, pressing and praying it would be completed in time at 8pm on Christmas Eve.
Both of these projects caused me untold levels of stress, and the more I panicked the less I enjoyed putting the finishing touches on then.
Though in both cases I would definitely do it again – their reactions more than made up for the knitting-induced panic I was started to feel towards the end of each one!
I love the stitch design – it looks so elegant. Definitely making a mammoth one of these in time for next winter…
So the plan is, in an attempt to be a little more organised this year, I’ve already cast on the few bits and pieces that I plan to make including a couple of scarfs and a pair of fingerless mitts.
I’m also planning to make a minion hat Despicable Me-style for my 4-year-old nephew…. Though I’m finding it hard to find a knitted pattern as all the ones I’ve scouted out from the likes of Ravelry and other online pattern providers are crocheted ones.
Does anyone know of a decent knitted hat pattern? If so, if you could leave a link in the comment section below that would be really helpful.
I am absolutely determined to fulfill that notion of sitting cosily in front of an open fire, glass of wine to hand, watching a festive film and enjoy knitting whatever’s on my needles with no deadline panics.
What are your tips and tricks for a stress-free Christmas craftathon?