Friday, November 6, 2020

It's yarn sale season! And upcoming holiday mystery craft -alongs...

 Happy Friday everybody! I have deemed November to be a Fun Friday month, and each week will post some frivolity about upcoming opportunities in hobbies and enjoyable online classes. I think we could all use more frivolity in our lives of late, yes? This week our topic is CRAFTS! 


We do chat about crafts a good deal on this blog, but we don't always focus specifically on mystery -alongs that are tailored to a holiday season, do we? Yes indeed, we need mystery gnomes. And we also need mystery dolls!

If you're a knitter, I think we can agree that you need an Advent Gnome in your life: 

And his name will be Gnutmeg, what more detail could you possibly need?! This Mystery Gnome -Along starts December 1st, and the pattern is available for 50% off through tomorrow (11/7), so do rush over to purchase if you'd like to participate! I chose wintry colors for my Gnutmeg, and I can't wait to get started! He will be knit with fingering weight yarn, for planning purposes.

If you're a crocheter, then you need a Christmas doll to brighten your home this holiday season, I do think this is mandatory. ;-)

I've never made a doll before, so I'm excited to try this one! This pattern is also on sale, in this case until 11/20. It's 50% off until then, which is the day before the MCAL begins! So this one begins in just over 2 weeks, the weekend before American Thanksgiving. The doll's name is Sally, and she will have a holiday theme and outfit!

Since I don't have all of the needed colors in my yarn stash, it is fortuitous timing that Knit Picks is having their annual Big Sale this coming Monday, November 16th. Despite having enough yarn to survive the fallout of the apocalypse (the zombies will all have handknit socks and sweaters ;-)) I look forward to this *every year*. I log onto Ravelry that morning, and sip coffee while participating in the excited chatter in the Knit Picks Lovers group leading up to the sale prices dropping at 9 am EST. Then I partake in the stampede to the best deals on the yarns that I had on my wist list, and in the inevitable impulse buys of new limited edition colors and other goodies. On my list is a nice acrylic in a bunch of colors to make the Christmas doll, plus a scene of Nutcracker figurines, because OF COURSE TIFFANY IS MAKING THAT. 

Oh my gosh, y'all, I am so excited about all of this! 😎🎅 Is anybody joining me in a holiday craft -along? Getting your fast fingers ready for the Knit Picks sale on Monday? I want to hear all about it in the comments!


  1. I haven't crocheted in a while and even then, it was mediocre at best. Any patterns for sewists? I'm by no means an expert, but I'm over sewing masks at this point. �� I will, of course, make them for anyone who asks me, but I'm ready for a more fun project, lol

    1. Hi Kity, so nice to hear from you! Crochet takes time, to be sure, and I find YouTube infinitely helpful, if you're ever looking to pick that back up! I could go peek and recommend some videos if you're ever interested in that, just let me know!

      For sewing, I have no skills, so that's not my area of expertise, hee hee. What about doll clothes? That seems like a fun project, and great for gifts! I've always wanted to become more proficient in sewing so that I could make quilts and table runners. Have you ever quilted? Maybe a Christmas table runner?

      ooo, found a link for free patterns on Connecting Threads, Knit Picks' sister site!

    2. I found a project! I'm helping make dresses for One of the ladies from my mask making group was asked for 440 dresses to go to Colombia and abt 1500 bound for Kenya. So I get to be helpful this season ��.

  2. I love this November theme idea! I'm in for the gnome mkal. I already purchased the pattern and found stash yarn. :) I'm doing more traditional Christmas colors and I'm excited for December 1 to get here. It will be my first gnome.

    Those Nutcracker figurines look perfect for you. I'll be excited to see them as you work on them.

    1. Hi Melanie! Yayyyy for the Advent gnome! My kit from the Loopy Ewe shipped yesterday, and I'm SO EXCITED! I chose the winter neutrals colorway. *beams* Crafting is really lifting my spirits this year, for sure.


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