In the spirit of the original 5ives Lists:
Five knitterly announcements that you may or may not already be aware of:
1. It's official. I want a wheel. Like, to spin with. Let's be honest- we all suspected this would happen once I gave it a try. Which is why I held off on trying one for so long. Yeah well, all that blissful ignorance disappeared this past weekend, when I was lucky enough to take a friend's on-loan Lendrum out for a spin (hehe...*ahem*...sorry), thanks to Lori. Lori was a great teacher. MJ, you would be so proud! It took a little while for me to establish the necessary coordination needed in order to get things going, but eventually I did get the hang of it and soon I was spinning! I do enjoy the process of hand spindling, but oh the fun (and quickness) of a wheel! I liken the experience to a tendency I have while baking. Sometimes when I'm baking I prefer to mix ingredients by hand, because I like the process and motion of mixing by hand, using a big ol' bowl and a wooden spoon. At other times, in order to accomplish what I need to accomplish, a mixer is the way to go. I love my spindles, but a wheel. I must have a wheel. Must...have...
2. I don't know how or why it happened, but I've been bitten by the holiday knitting bug. Until a couple weeks ago I didn't intend on knitting any gifts this year. But somehow my brain is now consumed with small-scale holiday gift knitting project ideas. I've even finished one gift so far:
A pair of Cabled Fingerless Mitts by Carissa Browning for my longtime friend/hairstylist. She wears a lot of (if not all) black, so I felt it only fitting to knit these for her in some stash-busting Karabella Aurora 8 in 1148 (aka black). They are oh so soft. I hope she likes them!
3. While knitting the above, I decided that I want a pair of fingerless something-or-anothers for myself. I would love full on mittens, but in SoCal, they are not so practical. Fingerless gloves, on the other hand, completely so. ;) After seeing Julia's, I think I may need to be a copycat and knit me a pair of these.
4. Kat's book, Boho Baby Knits, is available (Congratulations, Kat)! You must check it out. And I'm not just saying this because several dear friends/fellow knitbloggers contributed patterns to this book. I have a copy and I can tell you, all potential biases aside, that this is a beautiful book, filled with lots of cute projects that look like a lot of fun to knit up. (Oh, and the models are freaking adorable!)
5. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, a mass donation day for Ravelry has been planned for Thursday. Some thankful Ravelers (Ravelriers?) came up with this idea which I think it's great. Ravelry has become nearly indispensable for many of us and we have Jess and Casey to thank. If you've been thinking about it, but haven't yet donated a little something to help them out (or even if you have) here's the perfect opportunity to show them some love. Just think- if we all gave even just $1...!