This week, instead of a finished item, like I've been trying and failing to give you, I just want to talk about what I'm working on. I have quite the queue and I'm just gaining new projects without marking much off my list.
First of all, I've been sort of half-heartedly collecting projects to use up some of my scrap yarn. Someday, I hope to have a good yarn area of my house, perhaps in the basement, but only if I can de-damp it. In the meantime, though, all of my stash has to fit in the bottom of my closet and I am overflowing.
I have a handful of babies coming up and baby stuff is great for stash-busters, as long as you steer clear of afghans. Next week, I'll show you some baby stuff I've done.
I've also considered doing a scrapghan, but I don't really want one and that is so much work for a charity type of project.
My hat-making group has been on hiatus for the summer (which is weird to me, I actually have more time for it in the summer and also, a group makes me work) but we'll start back up soon, so I'll be able to construct some of that lovely scrapage into hats.
Also, I've started thinking a bit about Christmas. I'm really not much of a Christmas crafter. There are a couple of reasons for this: 1. It's not cheaper. I always think I'll save money and still manage to give great, personal thoughtful gifts if I make them and I always overspend on yarn. 2. There is just too much going on at that point in the year to rely on getting projects done on time.
But, with things the way they are, I'm really going to have to tighten the proverbial belt this Christmas season, and I know we just went over this, but I really think this may be the way to go. Again. We'll see. Yes, you too can watch me get sucked into the same vortex I get sucked into about once every three or four years.
I never seem to know what to make for people, though. Especially kids and men.
Please, use the comments today to tell me:
1. What do you do to whittle down your scrap stash?
2. What do you think about Christmas crafting in general? And do you have great gift ideas in the crafting department?