Thursday, December 2, 2010

In no mood



I know that I should be battling the freezing cold temperatures to shop for some gifts, but I haven't been able to muster any enthusiasm for the job at hand. That is, I haven't until the Sur la table catalog came in the mail today. Now I'm full of ideas and even though I have two relatively nearby stores, I can shop for the things I liked with the click of a button in the warmth of my home. Excellent! My mind is full of ideas of what I can knit with the time I save commuting, not to mention time lost standing on lines, or putting up with ill mannered shoppers.

First there was the totally ridiculous sock monkey wine sleeve that really excited me. I can get several of those to pair with a bottle of wine as gifts. I know I could make them, but who needs the pressure? I liked the rosemary and bay leaf wreaths, too, which are perfect gifts for my friends and family who adore cooking. For my coffee loving friends, I found the Italian ceramic coffee jars that I could pair with a pound of Michigan roasted coffee beans or perhaps the French press travel mug for friends on the go. I could knit quick little cozies to go with those!

My blogging friend, Karen, reminded me of the Black Sheep Weaver's Guild holiday sale this weekend. It's in the town of Hartland which isn't too far away. That should take care of my fiber loving pals. She also sent me the picture of the kitty in hand knits after reading yesterday's blog post about McSissybritches.


Suddenly, I find I'm in the mood to shop with thought and care. Maybe it was the calls from friends, or the Christmas cards that have started to arrive--I don't know--but I'd better jump on it before the feeling falls by the wayside.

A note on the knitting photo at the top: that's the Mock Cable Hat well on its way in Cascade 220. I keep finding myself wishing it were in Shepherd's Wool, but I do have to use up my stash, so Cascade it is. The pattern is fun, and that Jane is a clever designer. When I got done with the brim section, I couldn't visualize turning the hat inside out, but having faith, I followed the directions and had an aha! moment. This woman can write a pattern! It should be done sometime tonight if Tweedle Dee, Tweedle Dum and the Blockhead don't kill me.

I've got some right clicking to do. Have a great day!

10 comments:

The Bug said...

I haven't been in the mood either, but I just ordered three gifts today while I'm at work (shh!!!). One of them is the sock monkey wine cover LOL - it's perfect for Mike. Thanks for the idea :)

Barb said...

I have always hated shopping. Online or Bust for me!

Gail said...

Online shopping has saved me!

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

oh my gosh that is beautiful! it seems like every time i come here i say that! ha ha but it's true!

smiles, bee
xxoxoxoxoxoxo

colenic said...

Online shopping is the way to go....although I do love those sock monkey wine bottle covers....the first of my online orders arrived today...
I am in awe of how quickly you can knit up a hat....

Charlene said...

I haven't shopped in brich and morter stores for 5 years. The UPS guy comes to work every day to pick up and this way we see him twice!

That picture of the cat in a blue sweater is prescious. I cannot imagine getting Felice to let me put cloths on her.

Denise said...

I love that picture of the cat. My four would have me needing stitches for even letting the thought enter my mind.

I wish I could knit a hat that fast. Very pretty.

Jane/WTKnits said...

So glad you're having fun with the pattern and that colour is stunning! I might just have to raid my stash for some 220 myself. I'm sure I've got some squirreled away.

Stephanie V said...

That cat is too funny! And I can think of a couple of recipients for the sock monkey wine cover.
I do like to shop locally but at this time of year not so much. Good luck with yours.

Sandy said...

The inspiration hasn't found me yet. I'm still feeling a little bah humbug.