With just over 10 weeks until Christmas we have been looking at our list of Christmas gift knitting and checking it twice. Where has the time gone and how will we get them all completed? Way back in August, a new waistcoat for Uncle George seemed such a good idea but now the pack of 4 ply yarn is a bit scary.
We thought we would offer you a few tips on how to tame your gift projects if, like us, you are running out of knitting or crocheting hours.
Choose smaller projects but use bigger yarns. There are so many great patterns for chunky or super chunky accessories or home wares that you can practically knit in an evening.
If there is someone you really want to make something special for but you don't want to rush it, give them an IOU in a card. Then you can choose the yarn and pattern together and be sue they will really love what you make them.
Edit your list. Will your friend really appreciate a beautifully crafted hat or would she appreciate some delicious chocolates just as much. We all have such good intentions but now is the time to be realistic.
Most important of all choose projects you will enjoy knitting or crocheting so that your Christmas Spirit doesn't run out wrestling with an impossible pattern before the big day comes round.