Pinterest, Ravelry, Etsy and other time suckers

Why is it at this time of year I start feeling even more craftsy? As in, I want to do something other than knit or spin. I want to make a few handmade Christmas cards as I've done in the past. I want to make or buy some handmade gifts. So what does one do when one feels this urge????  Go visit Pinterest of course. After hours upon hours of sifting through all those items of I any closer to having anything made? Nope. lots of ideas though. :-)  Then the next step is to go look at Etsy or even Artfire. Both of those are time suckers. Then of course, there is Ravelry. Handmade gifts??? lots to pick from.............fingerless mittens, cowls, shawlettes (all perfect gifts). You can stalk Rav all day and never reach the end. Did I cast on anything? well, yes, but I frogged it. So back to the drawing board so to speak.

OK, so yesterday while everyone was enjoying their turkey, I was in my hobby room.  Still working on organizing my stash and stuff. It's not really organized, it's just better contained in Rubbermaid clear bags so it's easier to get out of the closet. So, I was digging around on a top shelf that I thought was just some cotton yarn and some other stuff I don't use very often. It's amazing what gets hidden over time.  I found this....

I'm pretty sure the pattern is probably from Charlene Schurch Sensational Knitted Socks, but I have no idea which one. I have one sock completely done and one more skein to do the second sock. yeah right!  The other question is, do I really want to do another sock?  I've really been enjoying knitting socks with Raggi, using size US4-5 needles, not size US2.  Maybe I could use the finished sock as a handcover in the car on these cold mornings?
Whaddya think??

I also found more Wildfoote (really nice yarn).
2 more skeins to make another pair of socks. Love the color!!!

More digging through stash and I found some more yarn to give to Chris' prayer shawl (browns, tans, etc). In addition, I came across some Elsebeth Lavold Silky Tweed. A cotton/silk combination which I think would make a nice decorative cowl.  (This is what I cast on with but didn't like the pattern I chose.)  Does that mean I need to stalk Ravelry some more? heeheeheee possibly.   I have 2 skeins of the light gray and 3 skeins of the burgundy.

While stalking Rav yesterday I also came across another Advent Scarf KAL. I've always wanted to do one. Question is...would I stay caught up? If I do, then what happens to the other projects that I already have on the needles? I don't have any extra hours in a day so when do I think I would get those done? Well, in the event that I do get time, I decided to use up more stash yarn and knit it in a laceweight. I love the hues in this one.  If you want to do the KAL too, here is the linky for the English version. The webpage will be updated daily with that day's pattern. It starts on Monday December 1 and there will be 24 days worth of patterns. It can be knit with or without beads.  The beads are placed in the sections between the daily patterns.  Come join me if you like.

The last thing I need to knit is the One Plus cardigan pattern. I've decided to knit it with Katia Jamaica. This is for a friend's grand-daughter. I'll be casting this one on today. Such bright colors, I love them!

Meanwhile, I've been enjoying going through my stash and deciding what I can do with the yarn I find. It's almost like going to Stitches without the crowd.  Speaking of Stitches, it's in Nashville this year, at Opryland. I'm ambivalent about my feelings that this event has moved to Nashville rather than being in Atlanta.  No more road trip. No more chatting and laughing in the car together. No more stacking and packing in the hotel room. Do I take days off from work or just manage Saturday and Sunday? Do I take a class so I can get into the market for free?  Class cost $80, market cost $15 per day, plus there are usually coupons. It would be cheaper just to pay to get in the market. Do I drive in to Nashville or get a hotel/motel room? My roommates of days past are not staying at a hotel, so do I get one and treat it as a retreat of sorts? See my dilemma? It's not until April, so I have some time to decide.


Wow, I can't believe it's been over a month since I've posted. I've had true intent on the weekends, but somehow time gets away from me.

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and a time for giving thanks. I have a small list of what I'm giving thanks for:
  • Life, breathing, living
  • My dear husband, who I cherish with all my heart
  • My family and friends
  • my health and my job and the ability to help provide for my family
  • my job provides the ability to feed my passion (knitting, spinning, etc) and having a 4-day weekend to spend time on my passion
  • ability to see so that I can read and play with needles and spindles
  • the use of all my fingers and toes
  • ability to connect to the internet even though I'm out in the middle of nowhere
  • the list goes on........
I have been getting some knitting done and some finished projects.
I think I mentioned in the last post that I finished the Yoked Cardigan. The adult size for me. I hadn't posted any pictures of it and these aren't the best, but all I can come up with.  There is no pink in the middle of the sweater, it's just the lighting. It's a baby blue color in Queensland Bebe Cotsoy. It's very soft, it flows well and it sheds a lot.  It's all over my black slacks by the end of the day, but I love it.  My first finished sweater just for me.

The next sweater top I've been working on is the Mudita. I'm making a few modifications to it, but the top of the pattern (raglan shaping) I've kept the same. I've changed up the 2x2 ribbing so it wouldn't hug my middle section.  I'm probably 3/4 of the way through it now. This yarn is Berroco Touche which I believe has been discontinued.
As I was pawing through my yarn stash, in addition to finding some yarn to donate to Chris' prayer shawl ministry, I found a WIP bag. It was holding an almost finished triangular shawl on the needles (wondered where these needles were) and 4 balls of yarn left. No time like the present to finish up a WIP, right?  I decided to pull 2 of the balls out and make a Wham Bam Cowl. The shawl itself I'll probably donate to Hospice. I'll post a pic of the shawl once that is completed.  I just started the 2nd ball for the cowl so it won't have much more to go.  This is knit with Plymouth Expressions which is also discontinued (according to Ravelry)

So this weekend I'll finish the shawl and the cowl and will also work on the Mudita. I'm also going full speed ahead on the log cabin blanket with my project leftovers and handspun.  I'll try to post of it's progress sometime over these 4 days. 
Enjoy your Thanksgiving and turkey with all the fixins'.