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(clipart downloaded from sfmonof3.blogspot.com)

It is Monday and the countdown is on. We now have 58 days until Christmas and by now we should have a complete list of all the projects we are going to make, who they are for and a list of all the material we need to complete each project.

My list is as follows:

Afghan
Book marker
Basket
Hat & Scarf
Fashion Scarf

Your second assignment if you choose to accept it is to now take your list and run to your local yarn store and purchase everything you will need to finish each project.

You might just be like me and cannot afford to buy everything at once. I always start with the largest project first and one small one. Make sure when you are buying your yarn that you check to make sure all the dye lot numbers are the same. You do not want to get half way through your project only to discover your yarn color does not match. Another reason to buy all the yarn per project at one time is that you might not be able to get what you need if you have to go back because there is not enough in stock. Remember when it comes to yarn it is always better to have too much than not enough.

Before you go remember to check out your yarn stash. You do not want to buy yarn that you already have at home.

When picking out the yarn colors keep in mind the colors that the gift recipient favors. I know some of my friends have a passion for colors that do not exactly appeal to me. For example, one scarf I crocheted in a neon green was not exactly something I would have worn – but they loved it.

The advantage of having all the yarn in the house is that it will help enable you to complete those projects in time for Christmas. You will always seem to run out of yarn in-between paychecks. This way we are going to buy enough to complete two projects and that should keep you busy until your next payday. This will also help avoid the crocheter’s worst nightmare of getting caught off guard with no yarn.

Note: I always keep the patterns that “in progress” together in a folder on my bookshelf until I am ready to make them. This way I do not lose them or have to go looking through my patterns again.

We will meet back here on Thursday, sorry that does not give us much time but Christmas will be here before we know it.

Until next time, keep those hooks flying.