Friday Faves

by Ali on December 3, 2010

One of the (many) dangers in discovering more and more of the crafty inspiration goodness that is to be found all across the intertubes (it’s far too easy these days, isn’t it? I mean I can shop a world-wide crafty market without ever leaving my home, or my room, or even my bed, not that I would know anything about that, ehem) is the productivity to non-productivity time ratio imbalance…

Some days it’s more of a problem than others :-)

If this list creates a problem for you, try this:

15 minutes on, 15 minutes off

Do something productive for 15 minutes:
scrub a toilet or two…
go through your inbox and delete spam (this could take two 15 minute sessions if your e-mail is anything like mine)
pay some bills
scrapbook a page or two
you get the general idea…

Then reward yourself with a good cup of tea or coffee, or cocoa (’tis the season!), and sit down for some limited minutes of ooh-ing and aaah-ing, and maybe some ordering (let’s be honest here, ordering happens, and that limited time can help if you’re lacking in the self-restraint department, just sayin’…)

Onto this week’s faves…

1.- I’m thinking my next sweater (for me!) knit may need to be Blue Sky Alpaca’s Swing Cardigan, designed by the lovely and oh-so-talented Bobbi IntVeld.

The pattern calls for their lovely Skinny Cotton, which knits up into such a fabulous feeling fabric and is a great choice for those animal fiber sensitive folks and I suppose those of you who live in warmer climates where wool sweater wearing is only something you read about.  I reside in The Frozen Tundra and know nothing of southern heat, except for my distant memories of youth group trips to southern Arizona and Mexico…

Anyhoo, the immediate challenge is obvious- which color?

2.- Another Blue Sky pick, Olga’s Mittens, but another lovely and talented designing friend, Rachel Russ (facebook link), of Twist Your Stitches.

Important Sidenote- Rachel has recently been diagnosed with breast cancer and will be undergoing surgery very soon.  Please keep Rachel and her family in your prayers, now and for some time to come, as she bravely faces this foe.  She is a strong woman, with a strong faith, and a beautiful and precious outlook on life. Do stop by and show her some love and support!

I’ve been saying for quite some time, years, actually, that I’m going to knit myself some lovely, detailed, fine-gauge mittens, and you know what?  I have yet to do it!  What’s up with that?  I spend the summer forgetting about it, and then the cold air comes in fast and furious, and what do I do?  Why, I knit up some fast and furious chunky mittens, of course.

Maybe this will be my year…

Oh, yeah, and I’m in serious love with the jacket the model is wearing in that pic!  I need a pattern for that, or, maybe, like, a giftcard to wherever it’s from…

3.- Look at these adorable Festive Sheep Stitch Markers, from Etsy seller WeeOnes.

photo from WeeOnes’ Etsy shop

4.- This lovely Royal Blue Yarn Bowlfrom another Etsy seller Ali’s Pots, would be so much nicer than the ziploc bags my yarn balls often end up in on the floor beside me.  I kinda can’t believe I just admitted that.  Yep, I need a yarn bowl.

photo from alispots’ Etsy shop

5.- Check out this Knitter’s Set of Point Protectors and Stitch Markers from yet another Etsy seller, mamastaub.

photo from mamastaub’s Etsy shop

Things like this make me want to run out and buy a bunch of Sculpey, but usually my rational self surfaces in time and reminds me that I need another time-consuming crafty hobby like I need a lifetime supply of bee stings.  I said usually.  I do currently have a small stash of Sculpey, sitting unopened, because, well, I already have quite a few time consuming crafty hobbies, and a growing housefull of children, whom I should really just let loose on the Sculpey and sit back and see what happens…

Ok, enough enabling for this week :-)

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ali December 7, 2010 at 5:02 pm

Isn't it though?! I have a pottery crush…


Addknitter December 5, 2010 at 9:18 am

Oh my gosh that yarn bowl is such the perfect shade of blue!


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