It's Christmas in July, at least in my stitching chair. I started this stocking project for my son Oliver. It's a hefty project, so I'm not sure I will finish it before his first Christmas, but I doubt he'll care much either way at 10 months old. It's a Dimensions Gold kit #8839, "Snowman & Friends", stitched on 18 ct white aida. This pattern incorporates a lot of half cross stitch, which speeds up progress a bit. Plenty of blended colors create some nice shading.
My tentative goal for this year is the bottom half the chart, which is actually more than half the project, this being a traditional stocking shape. I hope to finish by Christmas 2015. At close to 2 years old, he'll probably want a personalized stocking to coordinate with Mommy's and Daddy's.
I've also been working on his knitted baby blanket.. the Tree of Life, in Knitpicks Comfy. I finished the main body of the throw a long time ago, then stalled on the border... it's a about 20 rows, repeated over and over, such a slog. Thanks to Craft Day, I finally finished the border. Though I considered using my sewing machine to speed up the process, I mattressed stitched on a motif or two and was smitten with the look. So I will be hand sewing the whole thing. I hope to finish by the time he's 6 months old, which is less than a month away. The sewing is around 25% complete. This is certainly a reasonable goal, if only I can make myself work on it.
For next time, I'd like to work on nursery decor projects, like the baby quilt, and a cardboard name sign. Plus another sewing project, a shopping cart cover. Oliver is sitting up pretty well on his own now, and I think he would enjoy the vantage point of sitting in the cart (now I babywear him in the Ergo).