As mentioned in my last post, I've been feeling really crafty this holiday season. Just dying to make a little something for pretty much everyone. And I've been pretty manic about it - while working on one project, my mind is already racing ahead to the next project (or often the one beyond that!) It's been hard to reign myself in to stick to completing one project before moving on to the next one.
MANIC: affected with, relating to, characterized by, or resulting from mania.
MANIA: Symptoms of mania include rapid speech, racing thoughts, decreased need for sleep...euphoria, impulsiveness, grandiosity, and increased interest in goal-directed activities
Yep, that about describes my crafting behavior and focus over the past month!
If Christmas weren't right around the corner, not sticking to one project wouldn't bother me. I have no real problem having two or three projects going at once, just for a little variety. I do tend to limit it to two or three because I really value the feeling of accomplishment from finishing the projects. UFO's ("Unfinished Objects") are distracting to me, just laying around undone. (That is not at all to say I don't have them - I certainly do. But I try to avoid the situation.)
But this season I've had to really make a point of being realistic. Fortunately, my realism surfaced back in August, when I began working on a gift for my mom. Then I worked on a couple of gifts for my dad. So those were out of the way early.
But here it is the week before Christmas. And I still have plenty of crafty gift ideas scurrying around my head. And sure, it would be really nice to give homemade fudge to everyone - the bus driver, my hair stylist, the neighbors. It would also be nice to give crochet coffee cozies to my daughter's science teacher, the janitor, and my son's debate coach. And wouldn't be fabulous to hand-knit some tweedy chunky mittens in a full family-of-four set for that friend of ours from college? Oooh, and a digi-scrapped memory card game for my niece! Oh, oh! And a fused plastic bag grocery bag for maybe my brother (after all, he bequeathed me his entire 'collection' of plastic bags for my birthday in August!)
Unfortunately, all that isn't realistic for me. I clued into this when I started working on the family-of-four set of mittens. The pattern *looked* easy enough, and I even conned sweet-talked a knitting friend into walking me through several rough spots in the pattern (rough for a mitten-newbie like myself, anyway). If you follow me on Twitter, you may have seen tweets mentioning how my project was faring, real-time.
want to knit/crochet chunky mitten set for a family - any super easy pattern links? Also, how do you avoid a hole when you 'M1' (make 1)? - 1:59 PM Nov 23rd
Heading out to knitting group - going to learn to Make1 for my mittens! :) - 5:58 PM Nov 24th
stitching up the thumb on my second mitten - decided on this quickie pattern: http://snipurl.com/6tgpj [susanbanderson.blogspot.com] - 2:50 PM Nov 25th
just realized the second mitten I started today? yeah, it's also a righty. Casting on for a lefty after I do some web content rewrites. - 9:48 PM Nov 25th
casting on for a LEFTY mitten this time! :) http://snipurl.com/6unl5 - 2:21 PM Nov 26th
giving up on the knit mittens - switched to a crochet pattern today. 50% chance it will work. ::grumble:: - 10:46 PM Nov 27th
giving up on family set of mittens entirely - going w/ local goodies tucked in crocheted reusable grocery bag instead. - 9:44 AM Dec 1st
I had to admit the mittens weren't going to work for me and just move on. Today I realized I'm probably going to have to give up on the idea of a digital-scrapbooked Photo Memory card game for my niece. Yes, it would be nice, and yes, I would enjoy working on it, and yes, it would be the most fabulous photo memory card game EVER MADE, but dude, Christmas is next week. Is that *really* going to happen? I'm cutting myself that slack, and just moving on. Concentrating on things I can realistically get done and still have a nice holiday with my family. Still make sure people know they mean something to me, and that they've added something to my life. Still share a little something of myself with them.
Like with handmade, reusable fabric wrapping. Totally do-able this week, right??
Wait, what was I talking about? Oh, yeah. Being real-IS-tic.
If I had more time, the solution would be to turn to others to create for me - still handmade, just not by me. I'm totally hitting Etsy hard next year. I actually just ordered three fabric reusable gift bags - hope they get here in time!