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It is 62 days until Christmas, Take a deep breath because it will be here before you know it. The holidays can be overwhelming and stressful for some, while for others they just seem to sail right through them. How many times have you had the intention of making some wonderful crochet Christmas gifts for the ones that you love only to have the day arrive and you sat there with half finished projects.

I have organized a plan to help us get to the arrival of Christmas with all our Christmas gifts completed by giving you periodic assignments. The most important key to achieving this goal is to be realistic about the amount of time you can set aside for crocheting, your skill level and how fast you crochet. This will be different for all of us.

Come along and we will travel this road together and hopefully remove some of the stress out of the holidays.

One of the biggest mistakes people make is to just go with the flow. One of my favorite quotes is “If you fail to plan you will plan to fail.” How true this has been in my life. When I set down and make a plan, then follow that plan one of two things will happen, either I will complete my goal or I will have finished more that I would have without a plan.

With that in mind here we go, The first assignment is to set down and make a complete list of the gift you would like to make. This list should include the persons name, the gift, and the material needed to complete each project.

When you are making your list keep in mind the things I mentioned above, be realistic about how much you can finish by Christmas, this can be judged by how much time you can invest daily to complete each project. You also need to consider your skill level. You can choose a pattern a little harder for you, but if you are presently crocheting at a beginner level, then do not choose an advanced pattern. It is better to give a gift that you can perform your best at- then to give a harder one that will look like you struggled.

I personally am going to crochet five gifts, one afghan for a family member and four smaller gifts for four of my close friends.

If you choose to travel this road with me, you have until Monday to finish this assignment. On Monday I will give you your next assignment to help you crochet through the holidays.

Until next time, keep those hooks flying.