In castleville game you can ask for items you need, instead crafting them that takes time and items, you can easily ask for these items in advance . Go to your crafting building, will it be a kitchen, studio or workshop and if you don't have the items like cotton thread, or oats. instead planting the oats you can ask for the oats with asking button in a kitchen, this can save you a lot of energy and time. the pictures below show you what you can ask for, there are other crafting materials that you can ask your neighbors for it.
As you can see instead crafting those items in your crafting buildings you can easily ask for them, that will save you time and energy.