I’ve been chipping away at my “to make” list for Handmade Christmas, and I’m happy to say that I’ve finished five items, and have five more solidly in the “in progress” column. The best part of the in progress tasks? Two of them are sewing crafts, which tends to be the easiest for me to sit down and knock out in an evening or two, so I anticipate being able to cross off two more items by the end of the week.
I started extra early (for me) because I knew a lot of the items this year were going to be knit. After all, what’s the use of learning a new skill, if you aren’t going to put it into play? Of course, the lineup of knit items is both a pro and a con. On the “con” side of the list, it feels a little daunting to have so many items on the To Make list that fall under this new skill that I’m still not super great at. On the “pro” side of that same list, having those items lined up, with a deadline looming ahead of me, is pushing me to improve, both in terms of speed and actual skills. For instance, I’m actually working on garments for Christmas, despite only having learned how to knit in January/February of this year. Nothing too fancy — baby sweaters are a great start! — but garments none-the-less.