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It is now November.  It’s time to make your list and check it twice!  Whether you’re counting down to Christmas, Hannukkah, the winter solstice, or New Year’s Day 2015, we’re coming up on our due dates.  I’m going to focus on New Year’s Day, when I can fully embrace starting fresh and making a list of new goals for the new year.  Between now and then I hope to make some warm and wooly gifts for my friends and family.

What should I be looking at, with 8 weeks left?

If I have any big thing on my project list, now would be the time to start it.  Usually by November I’ve chosen a pattern and yarn for anything the size of an afghan or sweater that I might want to make for someone on my list.  This year, I only have one big project on the list – the chunkiest cabled throw you’ve ever seen:

Chunky Cabled Throw

Anything I want done ahead of Christmas should be on the needles soon.  This stocking was cast on last weekend and should be done in plenty of time to give to the lucky person with a few weeks to hang in her house before the holidays.  We just restocked the most popular styles of this classic kit that uses Candide yarn and old-school patterns.

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This is our year to go to my in-laws for Thanksgiving, and it would be great if I had their Christmas gifts done by then.  What am I going to bring this year?  Oh, man… I’m not sure.  Maybe a pair of these adorable double knit potholders by Laura’s Knits for their kitchen:

Heart Potholders

And my brother’s birthday is around Thanksgiving – another watch cap for the long days of snow shoveling that are sure to come this winter?  This Seaman’s Cap pattern by Brenda Zuk was the very first hat I ever knit, which I gave to him.  I think I’ll make it again!

I’ll be putting off some of the smaller projects and projects for people I will be seeing/giving gifts to for new years.  I’d probably start thinking about anything for Hannukkah soon, though, since it starts December 16th.

What’s your timeline looking like?  Do you have any larger projects that you’ve started or a pile of smaller projects already completed?  Here comes 2015!