first, let's take a look back at that mid-september to-do list, shall we?
goal 1: figure out who is getting handmade gifts. ugh. this is hard. i have to be practical about how many gifts i commit myself to finishing, and how big those gifts are, and how much time i will have and all that. haven't even started on this goal yet.
i haven't made the greatest progress on this one. so far i've written a list of about 8 people, and crossed off the ones whose gifts are already done (5) but i have no idea what to do for the other ones. this means that i can't calculate how long it will take to complete them because i seriously don't know what they are.
goal 2: finish my sister's wedding present in time to give it to her for christmas. for those of you playing along with previous posts, you know that this is a giant cross-stitch monster that has taken me well over a year to this point. but, the end is in sight. if i finish one page per month starting this month, i'll have the whole thing complete by the end of november. this should give me time to clean it, press it, and get it to the framer in time to get it back by christmas. in my head, this plan works. finishing page one should happen in the next couple weeks, so i'll let you know how that goes.
this one is going super well! i finished the september page on the 23rd,
the october page on the 18th,
and i'm two columns away from finishing the november page, which is the last page, and therefore the end of the project! i think i will be ahead of schedule on the stitching portion. the washing and ironing and framing portion may be a different story... does anyone know if michael's will frame needlework?
goal 3: prioritize other projects (for babies and such) by when i will logically need to have them completed. try and make a list that reflects that logical prioritization. stop thinking that everything needs to happen today. if a baby isn't due until march, i've probably got some time after christmas during which i can make the gift. if i know i'm making a gift that is designed for when the baby is a little older, i can also take my time, even if the baby is born tomorrow.
this one threw the first two off a bit. i had seriously miscalculated the due date for one of the babies on the list, and was unpleasantly surprised when i found out the shower is going to be on november 16. this resulted in a week of furious knitting that produced an amazingly adorable dress:
however, knitting this piece of super cuteness took me away from the aforementioned christmas gifts so now i'm ahead in one place and behind in others.
goal 4: remember that no one is expecting handmade gifts. if i don't get them all done, it's ok. they can wait until next year. i'll just have to find something non-handmade to give them this year.
this is an ongoing struggle. but i shall have to keep reminding myself daily.
hey the best part has been the incredible fall weather we've been having lately. i've been able to sit outside on my backporch, listen to my audiobooks and work on my projects...
this is truly the life. can't wait to get home and do some more!!