I’m Still in the Mood for Afghans – Getting an Early Jump on Christmas Presents!
I don’t know about you but I’m already thinking about next Christmas. I don’t usually give handmade gifts for Christmas but I decided this year I just might. My crochet and knitting skills have improved to a level where I feel I can create something worthy of holiday gifting.
This year I decided I want to make more Afghans. That’s a GREAT goal, right? Wrong…
See, I have project ADD. I looooooove to start projects. The thrill of the hunt for the most superb project… Feeling all the lovely skeins until I find the ideal texture… Grouping different color combinations until I find the perfect shades…. Trying and frogging until I get the pattern down with no mistakes… Get to row 5 or 10 then – BAM!! – boredom set in.
I plead with my mind, “just do a few more rows.” I get to row 15 and the bargaining sets in.
“I know! How about if I do a few rows a day. Sure it will take me a month longer but that’s manageable, right? I will do 15 rows tomorrow.” Gets on Pinterest…2 seconds later, my brain screams, “ohhhhhhhhhh look at that pretty pattern!!! I HAVE to try it!”
Searches stash to try it out. Now I have two Wip’s (works in progress)… and on and on and on until I get where I am today with 8 projects sitting here just begging me to work on them yet, I’m still on Pinterest!!
This has to stop!! If you have any ideas on how to keep motivated while working on a large daunting project, PLEASE let me know!! I really want to achieve my goal this year! Thanks! I know you’ll have some great ideas for me!!
Ok, well let’s get to it then. I have been scouring through some darling patterns lately that I am trying to narrow down for Christmas gifts. Let me know which ones you like.
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Granny Square Afghans
A classic Granny Square Pattern is always nice. Here’s a great FREE GRANNY SQUARE TUTORIAL from Kathryn Vercillo on Craftsy. I have made many squares in my day… really. I love trying them. Unfortunately, I haven’t made enough of any one type to color scheme or anything to sew them together. Someday….
Aren’t they wonderful? Check out some of the other work from Clothogancho. There a lot of nice inspiration there. (You may need access to a translation program, like Google Translate)
Granny Stripe Afghans
Large Granny Square Afghans
This amazing creation also strikes my fancy. It is a free pattern from a wonderful website called Purl Soho! Since I have been learning to knit, I have been there a TON! I wonder if I’ll ever be able to finish all these in my lifetime! I need more hours in a day!!!!!
Sampler Blankets seem like a nice idea to keep from getting bored. They are also great Stash Busters!! I may try one of these beauties as well!
Up for a challenge? Try these babies!!
So those are my ideas for crossing off a few family members off my Christmas List! How about you? What’s your favorite Afghan / Blanket Pattern? Let me know in the comments below or Tag me in a photo on the Karla’s Making It Facebook Page!!
You may be interested in – More Free Afghan Patterns
Make it a Beautiful Day,