I have too many hobbies. I really do. But let's not get into that just now, because this month I'd like to combine three of my favorite hobbies - knitting, books, and the Internet
And share some fun knitting links. Last week I bought myself a new book of patterns:
Felted Knits, By the queen of structural knitting, Bev Galaskas. It's a great addition to any collection of felting patterns and contains an amazing felted moccasin pattern that I can't wait to try out. Beverly also wrote one of my all-time favorite patterns, A Felt Flock. Aren't those sheep adorable? They're really a fairly quick knit, and make great gifts when they're finished.
Another great way to combine my three favorite hobbies is to visit Ravelry. The site's still in beta and is invitation-only, but the typical wait isn't too terribly long. And once you're in, It's an amazing place to list all the projects on your needles and to save knitting projects planned for the future! Knitters can catalog their stash and their needles, organize all their WIPs (works-in-progress), visit message boards, discuss patterns, trade stash, and see photos of how patterns turn out in real life. It's typical to spend several hours at Ravelry each and every time you visit because the community is so incredibly robust.
Oh, and one of my favorite places to buy yarn is KnitPicks. Their super-fine Alpaca yarn, Decadence, is a joy to knit with: soft, with a lot of body, and incredibly rich colorways. It seems there are a great many ways to waste time - (I mean, have fun) - on the Internet while pursuing knowledge about the art and craft of knitting. Now excuse me while I go get lost in surfing for fun knitting patterns!