I have not picked up my hooks since I finished those baby hats. I hate to even admit that. Part of it is my hectic schedule. I've been running ragged for weeks for now, except for the part where my body said, "Hey. Sit. Or better yet, lay down. For half a week. There you go. Better."
But let's face it, I'm never all that behind on my summer TV schedule. And if I have time for Burn Notice and Being Human, I have time for hooks and yarn. In fact, it's the same time.
I have projects I'm still in the middle of. I have two baby blankets I'm halfway done with and a sweater for myself that I've got almost all the motifs done for. I have two prizes for this here blog that I need to get done, ASAP. I don't know when it turns cold in Wisconsin, but I'm betting I don't have until December. And I promised!
And patterns. Oh, how I have patterns. After my post about organization, I finally got around to putting together a notebook. I've still got about a bajillion paper patterns rattling around outside the notebook, but whenever I stumble on one, I hole punch it and slap it in.
I've been putting together my Christmas crafting list, too. A sweater for her, a scarf for him, etc, etc. And non-crochet crafts as well. Because, let's face it, I'm just not going to have the hours on end I'll need to do everything in yarn. Even if that is more fun. And of course, inspired by Suze's quilted gift bags last year, I'm going to try to do some crochet gift bags for this year. I'm not sure if I can, in good conscious, file that under money saving, but definitely Earth saving.
Which brings me to my point here. I need to get motivated. I don't know if you all have noticed, but it's almost September. That's right, September. Less than four months, people. All those Christmas decorations they are hauling out at the mall, they may be premature and annoying, but they are the perfect reminder for the crafters among us that the time is nigh.
Also, Monday mornings when I realize I have nothing to talk about here are the perfect reminder. Which has led me to this... I'd like to propose that for the next few weeks, leading up to the holidays, I will be focusing this space, this crochet bag space on holiday crafts and gifts. That doesn't mean that I intend to have a finished piece every week (Hah! Have you people met me?!?), but hopefully there will be news on the gift making front each week. The trick will be that these will be largely text-y posts. I'll talk about my trials and tribulations, the great ideas and the sucky fail-fests, but I will be desperately trying not to ruin anyone's surprise.
It may not work. The lack of photographic evidence and specificity may kill it. It may be totally boring. Which is where you come in. First of all, I only see this working with participation. "Oh, I've done that before and this was a big help..." would be great, or "I got one of those once and I loved/hated it!" would be nice as well. Or just, "This is what I'm doing..." But let's face it. You're most important mission here will be making sure I know what's going on. If I'm boring you to tears, you have to tell me! I won't care. Well, I'll care, but I won't cry. Okay, I might cry, but not when you're watching and I'll never tell you about it and most importantly, I'll find something else to write incessantly about.
So, what do you think? Do we have a deal, internet? Will you tell me when I've bored your socks off? Please?