Sunday, September 10, 2006

Productivity and Christmas in September

pink scarf

After starting the TV blanket for Shawn, I've started to realize that Christmas isn't really that far away. And when making handmade gifts, one needs to start well in advance in order to complete the gift on time. This got me thinking and using yarn again got me dreaming about all the other yarn I have stashed in a bin at the bottom of the closet. So I dug it out. And inside I found a partially completed scarf. Now if you've been reading my blog at all, this would come to no surprise, you'd know that I am amazing at starting, and not so great at finishing.

So where am I going with all this? I was beginning to wonder myself.

I finished the whole scarf yesterday, and am going to give it as a Christmas gift. And that means already, I have one down and many more to go. The great part is how economical it is to make gifts, especially when you have more than enough fabric, and every craft supply imaginable. So this year, I am challenging myself to make all gifts, and in the spirit of Simple Sparrow's Use What You Have I will try to use only craft items that I've already purchased. However IF there is something that is required to complete a project that I don't already have(i.e. quilt batting)these types of things can be purchased. So basically I will try as hard as I can to make these items with supplies I already own.

Back to this scarf, it fills all the criteria AND I've also finished something that was incomplete. I think this is going to be great. I’ll document the process.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

WIP Thursday?

color-bar blanket

I know it really is WIP everyday around here. I promise there will be some finished projects eventually. As September started to approach I realized that it is time to start working on Christmas gifts. Especially those that require 140 crocheted granny squares. This is a gift for Shawn(my fiancé)he loved the idea of a TV blanket for snuggling up and watching TV. He's seen the blocks in progress and knows about it, but I will keep the finished product hidden until Christmas.

I sort-of knew how to crochet but never really made anything. A new friend gave me a refresher course, and now all I want to do is make these squares. On the bus, at my desk at lunch, at home in front of the TV. It's a real shame I can't make them in my sleep. I have been dreaming about it, but no finished squares on the nightstand in the morning.

Friday, September 01, 2006

WIP Friday


I'm really disappointed in my lack of posts. As it is Friday though, I thought I should post a WIP. since I have mostly WIP's. Tell me crafty ladies, how do you stay motivated to see something to completion? I just want to start projects. Too bad I couldn't teach the cat to sew, I need an assistant to do the finishing.

Note: My job is super busy right now and this week is just the beginning of extreme busyness. So I apologize in advance for not being in the computer mood when I get home from using it all day at work. :S