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How to Plan (and Make!) Last Minute Gifts

December 4th, 2012

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How to Plan and Make Last Minute GiftsIt’s holiday crafting crunch time, but I’m here to tell you that everything will be okay. You can finish all of your gift crocheting and knitting with a bit of planning. Here are some easy tips to help you achieve all of your holiday crafting goals.

Step 1: Make a list of what you want to achieve. Choose the patterns, the yarn, and the gift recipients.

Step 2: Be realistic. Do you have enough time to make all of these items? If you have to buy yarn, will you have it in time? Can you really knit 5 Aran sweaters with heavy cabling in 3 days? Consider what you can reasonably accomplish, then edit down your list. Try using thicker yarns for fast-finish gifts. Being realistic is the best way to eliminate handmade gifting stress.

Step 3: Prioritize. Figure out which items are your must-finish projects, and start those first. If you won’t see your aunt until New Year’s Eve, you can probably start her gift after you finish Mom’s holiday shawl.

Step 4: Edit once more. Once you get working on your gifts, you might find that cowl you thought would take a day really took five. That’s totally fine! Revisit your list and adjust accordingly. Remember, it’s absolutely okay not to craft for every single person on your holiday list.

Step 5: Plan for the unfinished gifts. Even with the best of plans and intentions, sometimes life gets in the way. Set yourself a deadline, and if you find yourself getting a little too close for comfort, consider alternate plans. You can give an IOU card if your gift will be finished shortly, or consider gifting some handmade items from a local store or market.

By staying organized, you can relax and enjoy your crafting instead of stressing about deadlines. Good luck with your gift projects!

Pictured above: Amigurumi Christmas Mouse Ornament

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  • melodie

    I have a free crochet pattern for a snowman can someone help me?

    • Jess Hicks

      Hi, Melodie. If it’s a LionBrand.com, we’re here to help! Just call 800-705-8636 or email support@lionbrand.com.

      • melodie renee

        Thank you Jess. all i need is to find what yarn i need. I do not know what I need will they help me? Do you know what I need? Thank you so much Melodie.Renee

        • Jess Hicks

          Hi, Melodie. The yarn will most likely be indicated in the pattern. If the pattern is a LionBrand.com pattern, feel free to reach out to our customer service department for assistance. Otherwise, I recommend that you try to contact the person or company who produced the pattern. :)

          • melodie

            Hi, Jess. I thank you all I need is to know now is to read a pattern. I no go head I am silly I don’t know how to read a pattern ;/ I am having a good time hahah!