Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Yarn Giveaway!

For most of us, this is crunch time. Around here, that means running around like a headless chicken trying to get last minute gifts, buying ingredients for our big holiday dinner and wrapping gifts like a psychotic elf. In other words, there is very little peace on my earth right now, and I suspect the same might be true in your house.

Let's start a new holiday tradition, shall we? Let's all vow to do something special for ourselves in the next 24 hours. Nothing spectacular- I'm not expecting you to ditch the extended family for a weekend at the spa or buy yourself that red Mercedes convertible you've always wanted. Just a little something to remind ourselves that we are worth celebrating and fussing over too.

I am planning to sit down in a comfortable chair for an hour this evening and read a novel. I am going to set my kitchen timer- and God help anybody who tries to rouse me for any reason before that bell dings! 

What are you going to do for you in the next 24 hours? Let me know in the comments and you will be entered to win one gigantic one pound skein of cormo yarn in a lovely shade of kelly green.

A winner will be chosen at random at 6 p.m. tomorrow, Wednesday, December 24. One entry per person please. You need not be a shareholder to enter. Good luck everybody!

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Tina said...

I plan to sneak in a little knitting time - just for me on my clapotis. It's been quite neglected lately.

Tina(tinadp on Ravelry)

Joanb said...

Hi Susan - what I am going to do for myself, hopefully (weather permitting), is spend time with the rest of my family in PA. This is really something that I'm doing for myself as I get to be grandma and enjoy the company of my granddaughter (19) and my grandson (15).
Enjoy your book and maybe fudge a little on the timer :)

Kat said...

I am going to curl up with my cats on a blanket on the couch and watch White Christmas. That is my favorite holiday movie of all time!

Meg said...

I am going to knit (for myself!). I am finally done w/ the Christmas knitting, and present wrapping, so I am going to sit down and try to figure out my first lace project.

Ceci said...

When I ditch the baby with my husband to take my shower this evening, I won't hurry so fast I still have shampoo in my hair when I'm done. In fact, I think I'll shave my legs.

Oh dear God, your Word Verificfation monkey wants me to type "ovulatot." If that's an omen, I'm not letting my husband anywhere NEAR me for at LEAST a week.

Cindy said...

I'm going to be knitting socks for my husband and sneaking way too many Christmas cookies. Shopping...done. Wrapping...done! Bliss.


pkrsmom on Rav.

Anonymous said...

I'm just going to try to sleep to get over the flu. There's no fever anymore so I guess I'm feeling better. Better is relative.

larndt on ravelry

Linda D said...

I am going to avoid the icy roads and sit here and spin, coincidentally, Cormo! Mine isn't coming out as pretty as your though. ;)

AMGblaghs said...

I plan on getting the kiddo snuggled in bed tonight and then having a nice cup of hot chocolate, putting in the 2nd disc of the 1st season of The Tudors & knitting & watching TV till I can't stay awake anymore ;)

bythesea said...

Oh to have a bit of spare time, just to put my feet up. Oh, here I am just peeking at the net. I guess that's my down time.

CathyR said...

This evening I'm planning on sitting and knitting on my long neglected socks. I had to give them up for other projects and they are calling to me.

Cassie said...

I plan on spending some time working on my short stories tonight. Just some quiet time with myself, a word document, and tea.

This is basically ridiculously preferable to wrapping presents - a task I truly do dislike. Thanks for the inspiration!

Kristal said...

I am going to sit down on the couch, watch my guilty TV pleasure (The Girls Next Door), and knit on something that is for me, me me.

knittinginpink said...

I'm going to sit down with my knitting and a hot cup of hot chocolate and enjoy my down time while I can... Christmas is at my house tomorrow night, and I only found out yesterday morning! Yikes

JessicaRose said...

I am going to take a nice hot bath with candles all alone with the door locked. With a 4 year old I get walked in on a lot. So a peaceful hot bath/shower would be so lovely. With no child begging my attention. My husband is home tonight, so no worries of him being neglected.

Margaret said...

I'm having a lovely day. I went for a walk, printed out a pattern for a sweater I plan to knit for my chihuahua Salt, and opened presents. (Early! I don't care! :)

This evening I have two things in mind ... 1) work on the nursing wrap I'm making for my about-to-have-a-baby friend, and 2) watch tons of episodes of "Big Love."

I think this giveaway is very cool! Thanks for posting it on Rav! :)

Alice said...

What I am doing for myself today is knitting a Christmas gift at my desk rather than doing any actual work! There's hardly anyone at the office so nobody cares. And it's nice to be able to cross something off the list. Merry Christmas everyone!

Julie said...

Once I'm done baking cookies I'm going to sit with a nice glass of wine and watch As Time Goes By (brit comdy tv series)season 1 from NetFlix.

Peanut said...

I think the blog ate my post...anyway I am ging to work on my simple alpaca scarf...it's soft and the simple pattern is so relaxing...and in the end, it's for me!!! :D

Vaedri said...

I'm visiting my parents right now, and sometimes the enforced 'cheer' gets to be a bit much. I plan to sneak out to a coffee shop and sit with an audiobook and a half-done sock that's all mine.

B said...

I found you via ravelry. Oh I wish I could ditch the extended family! I'm going to buy myself something nice to wear and then color my hair. That is gorgeous yarn!

Kim said...

I am going to paint my toenails a festive holiday red!

Bridgett said...

I'm going to put my foot down and insist my husband stop playing his lame computer game and look at me. I know he's been stressed, but what about ME ME ME? ;-)

I'm also accepting that my mother's bag will NOT be done for Christmas. And that's okay. I have plenty of gifts for her anyway.

Bridgett said...

Oh, and I'm bwrites on Ravelry.

Gretchen said...

The rest of the family just arrived, so the house is full to bursting. My personal celebration will be an extra hour of sleep as my husband is going to get up with our two girls tomorrow morning!!

A Guy said...

Right now, the best I can do for myself is to wind that skein of Malabrigo lace weight and knit on that Leaf Lace Scarf that I wanted to knit for some time now. That will give me a nice break from all that "must-knit" stuff that we all put ourselves through at the end of the year.

Hilary in Germany said...

I just sat for 90 minutes with a lovely cuppa tea and had a quiet knit on a project for myself, while listening to Christmas LPs from the 1980's. That's right - LP's - black vinyl!! It was wonderful to hear the old favourites again after being packed away for several years.

Bonney said...

I'm excited at the prospect of chopping out an hour just for me. I think it will be tea, in a comfy chair and a few Christmas magazines. Ahhhhhh, bliss!

Anonymous said...

I'm going to take a long soothing bath then moisturize!

Happy Holidays

Twizzler on Ravelry

bodygeek said...

I'll take a nice hot bath with a glass of wine tonight. No in-store insanity!

faith

Amy said...

I think I'm going to take off the last bit of toe nail polish clinging to my toes from last summer (!) and give myself a pedicure. Oh wait, I'll do it while drinking microbrewed beer!

trose said...

I will say a quiet thank you for all the blessing God has given me... my health, a home, a husband, a family and wonderful friends.

SeDress said...

A collection of Ian Rankin short stores, featuring DI Rebus, and a pot of Darjeeling (already brewed).
My word verification is canis - is there a dog in my future?

marianne said...

I'm going to watch an episode of Ugly Betty and cast on a new scarf. I LOVE starting new projects.

Renee said...

What a lovely shade of green. It would be so nice in my hands.

The goat condos are great, BTW -- how funny that they got so proprietary so fast.

Nancy said...

We finished making way too many cookies so tonight I'm going to pull out the spinning wheel and relax. Merry Christmas from all the Popes.

Nadine said...

I'm going to my knit-nite tonight. I should be home cleaning, wrapping, making my list for tomorrows big super market trip, but I'm still going! Those wonderful ladies keep me sane :)
-Nadine (yarnfrog42 on Rav)

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Kirsten said...

I am going to See's Candy and buying myself a pound of assorted favorites :) And I am not sharing them!

Audra said...

My plans are to go to my knitnite tonight with my other Rav buddies and to stay as far away from retail centers as possible.

Maggie said...

Well, I want my dear sis to take the Starsky I'm doing for her on her belated honeymoon in January. So, I will probably work on that. But I'll be in my PJs, wrapped in a comfy fleece blanket, hanging out with my husband, and planning how to spin the beautiful wool for my very own Heather Shawl http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/danish-heather-shawl-with-crochet-edge

Anonymous said...

I am going to crack a bottle of champagne, pour a nice glass or two or three, sit on the floor near the finally finished tree and wrap presents. The presents must be done - the champagne is strictly for me! Let's hope the right nametags get on the presents!

Merry Christmas to you and yours -

Sandy in NJ
Pecsan114@optonline.net

Joan said...

I feel like I'm cheating, since we don't celebrate Christmas, I stay out of stores between October and March (except for necessary forays to the supermarket), and I have been thoroughly spoiled already this month by family and friends. My only contribution to the holiday frenzy is that I always volunteer to cover essential services at work while everyone else takes off - makes me look good, and it's a nice quiet time to be at work and get stuff done without a lot of people bothering me. So for myself in the next couple of days, I'm going to finally finish opening all my birthday presents, and write thank you notes to all my incredible friends and my family.

Nancy said...

I'm going to finish spinning my swap fibers, have a cup of tea and maybe even take a nap.

Jennifer said...

I am going to spend some time drinking a big warm mug of apple cider, while watching my essential holiday movie "White Christmas" in the arms of my love!

Elizabeth (Hutchart on Ravelry) said...

I'm dropping my kid off with my brother for a couple of hours of "me" time (the first since his vacation began last Friday). Because I am going to Trader Joe's, the fact that I will spend this time shopping is actually a treat.

Elsie said...

I am going to see a favorite band where I will run into lots of friends and have a few drinks. That is the social part of the holiday!

Oldlthrnecksgirl said...

A dear friend of mine was diagnosed with cancer three weeks ago and started chemo yesterday. We are going to spend Christmas with him and his wife and I am desperately trying to get a pair of socks finished for him. I am just taking a break, socks, almost black yarn, 45+ yr old eyes, arggghh.

Merry Christmas Everyone,,, Lizzy

katie_guthrie said...

brrrr... its cold. the green yarn is amazing!

happy holidays!

katie_guthrie@mail.com

:)

Sarah said...

First I must tell you, that shade of green is absolutely gorgeous!!!

This Christmas is fairly laid back for me already - just got married and moved to the west coast (BC), all our family is back east. So, just me and my new husband to cook for/celebrate with. In the next 24 hours, we do have to pick up some last minute groceries, but I'm also definitely going to cast on the second sock of my FIRST pair EVER! The first one went well, so I'm even more excited about this one :)

SarahVV on Ravelry!

katygirl said...

It sounds kind of lame, but I'm going to take a nice long shower tomorrow. I'm visiting my mom, and her shower has amazing water pressure, I brought all my favorite bath luxuries, and I'm going to lock myself into the bathroom before the day's busy-ness gets started and totally relax.
Happy Holidays to all the people and animals at the farm!

Susan in Maryland said...

Hi Susan, I'm going to sit and knit for a while and listen to Christmas music.

Katom Burke said...

I did one thing this afternoon: I got out of work early and spent about an hour at my LYS (without the toddler), buying yarn for a traveling scarf project I am starting in Jan. Tonight I plan to sit on the couch, eat ice cream and watch the Bruins game....all alone (well, as alone as you can be 8+ months pregnant)

Jennifer King said...

I am going to knit for an hour tonight for sure, it always helps me de-stress. Happy Holidays Susan!
Jen

Anonymous said...

Actually, though this sounds sad, the thing I'm going to do for me is clean up the apartment so that I can actually relax when it's time to open gifts on the 25th!

Merry Christmas! (Khakigirl on Rav)

OrganicStills said...

I'm pretty much going to be finalizing getting my Christmas dinner supplies, spending time with my husband (our first anniversary was yesterday) and making sure my office is nice and clean for when I get back in January!

Happy Holidays to you. =)

~Natalie~
(organicstills on Ravelry)

sunniechick said...

tomorrow I plan to knit on my Maja shawl while sipping on some lovely tea and hopefully watching a Christmas movie, and while it may sound like work for some, I'll be baking a carrot cake to take to the in-laws' on Christmas. :)

bigevilgrape said...

Since I don't get any vacation time I will be working tommrow. After that I may or may not go to a party at my local bicycle shop. If I dont I'll be going up to Webs to get some yarn so I can play with my new loom :)

Meg said...

I'm knitting for myself. I just finished hats for my boyfriends niece and nephews, and my Mom, as well as exams. Then I intend to take over the bathroom for a nice soak in the tub with a good book.

Woolly Stuff said...

Drinking a steaming mug of camomile tea while watching a dippy Christmas special on BBC (yes, that means costume drama, ghosts, and people called "queenie"... And then, getting back to finishing all my Christmas knitting!

Owl Chick said...

I hope to finish a few more tiers on my Lady Eleanor, now that knitting for others is out of the way.

And drink some spiked mulled cider :) Lots of it! Yay!

Allisone said...

I bought myself a pair of cashmere socks (that I didn't have to knit myself.) I'm going to put them on, make a pot of tea and pop a ready made pizza in the oven - no cooking tonight.

Brandy said...

I plan on cooking a nice dinner then covering up on the couch with a warm blanket. I'll probably try to finish my Christmas crochet while catching a movie.

Please pick me for the yarn! That color is beautiful!!!!

Anonymous said...

When I finally get in from work tonight, I am going to curl up with a glass of sangria and daydream about furry critters in coats and what I could finally knit myself if I had yarn of such a gorgeous hue, considering that I have yet to knit anything for me….

Somehow it seems that every time I start a project it is for someone else. (Anyone else ever have that happen?)

And while I am at it, if you will pardon my newbie yarn ignorance, what is Cormo?

I am RedDaLeftyKnitter on Ravelry and I admit to leaving a comment in the forum there because I was not sure if I was to leave one here or there.

busyknittinmom said...

I am going to sit by the tree and watch the ornaments twinkle off the lights and drink a nice cup of chocolate coffee.

--Deb said...

Spinning. I'd really, really like some time to sit in front of my spinning wheel--it's been weeks! So .. tonight's the night!

Becky said...

After I finish cleaning the house, wrapping the gifts, cooking dinner, doing the laundry and paying the bills, I'm going to have a cup of hot tea and cast on for my next pair of socks.

beckyzzz on Ravelry

Kathleen said...

To-night I will force myself to sit quietly with a little Kahlua & milk before I fall into bed.
Cheers to All!

Katie O said...

I am going to the pool tomorrow and read... relax in the sun, put some christmas music on my Zune and relax... no phone, no roommates... and I'll prolly sit and knit a little bit too. My mom comes on Thursday, so I might use and extra hour of "ME" time to clean up the clutter while the roommates work, so I can do it my way, at my own pace... surprisingly that makes me relaxed to do it that way... hope you enjoy your relaxing!

MarieAngel said...

I need slippers! so I am going to knit some for myself tonight :)

This is how I am going to spoil myself within the next 24 hours :D

Seeing the pictures of your farm made me miss my farm. We had 400+ goats for milk. And the winter delivery of water was the job I dreaded the most, same as you!

Great contest, great site. Thanks,
Angel

D said...

would love to win -- for myself - take long baths to relax and go see relative in hospital who will be there for a while thanks trubed

Amy (amyx7620 on Ravelry) said...

I'm planning on finding a Christmas movie on t.v. and watching it in peace and quiet with only the Christmas lights on... I can't wait!
Merry Christmas!

kmriley said...

I already did my personal time! It was just me and a long run, no music no people, just quiet (and cold air).

thanks for the wonderfully timed give-away!

Manise said...

My indulgence (as odd as it sounds) was going to Acton Toyota to get the heat fixed in my car! I sat in the waiting room for 3 hours (!) and did some Christmas cards for an hour and the rest of the time reading my Clean Eating Magazine. Great magazine btw. It provided me with some down time away from home and whiny kids. 2 people I hadn't seen in a while walked in and I got a chance to catch up. All in all, I now have a warm and safer car - try driving down 495 with a windshield and wipers freezing over in the the snow. Kind of scary.......

Cindy said...

Something I put off because of all my animal chores - I'm going to spin some fancy STORE BOUGHT roving! It's a gorgeous alpaca/silk blend that is crying out to me. And like you, Susie, I'm going to have to set an audible boundary with the kitchen timer. I got a lot done today, and there are still some things to do, but until I get some zero-pressure-to-perform time, it's not Christmas for me. So, off I go. After I feed the alpacas.

PS - warmer today - very little ice to bust in the water buckets. YAY!

whitknits said...

Now that I am finally done with grading for the semester, I plan to reward myself with plenty of time to catch up on all of the blogs I've been ignoring for the past few weeks (actually, I already started, hence being here!).

paganhomemaking said...

I'm going to crochet in front of the t.v. And it's not even a Christmas gift neither, just an afghan....woot!

chester said...

I am going to put my laptop in my lap, plug in the headphones and watch WALL-E for the second time- hopefully, with no interruption.

nix said...

I'm going to frantically hit some 24 hour stores for some last minute things and the rest of my holiday groceries. Then I will be knitting about 25 more gifts which of course I can finish by Christmas in between cooking my parts of the three meals that I will be attending with my families. Then...well I'm sure I'll have a few spare moments to watch a movie, take a bath, walk the dog, and spend time with my sweetie. We came way too close to losing him this year, so no matter how busy and stressed out I get, I will never lose sight of how lucky I am this Christmas. Thanks for the giveaway, and happy holidays :)
Auntien on Ravelry.

Threadless said...

I'm going to sound crazy, but I opted to shovel the newest snowfall instead of letting DH do it. I rarely can find time for myself to exercise so this was a nice treat!

Patty said...

I haven't had much reading time lately, so I'm planning to spend some time tonight curled up on the couch with a book.
~Patty Pope

Carrie said...

Baby is in bed, and I've been updating my blog and photos for christmas! Click on over to see my beautiful girl! I"ll also try to get some me-knitting done tomorrow.

tamraclove on rav.

Angela said...

Bubble bath + wine + candles + Keith Olbermann on the TV = heaven! Then probably some knitting...it doesn't really fit into the bubble bath scene too well!

Michele said...

Speed knitting to finish my last present! Then... wine :)

fruitloops@hotmail.com said...

I hope to finish sewing a coat for myself. It's a gorgeous dark brown wool that I can't wait to snuggle up in.

Denise from Maine said...

I've just finished my Christmas shopping, survived the mall area and the trip home on the turnpike during rush hour. The husband didn't want to meet for supper - wanted more time to clean the house. Fine.
Once the holiday is over, my sisters & I are going to play. The husband can stay home and deal the electrician by himself on his vacation.

mari said...

I will be enjoying a yummy glass of wine sitting by the fire while reading a book. Sounds like a perfect way to spend the afternoon before our one day early Christmas Eve dinner.

ItsJustMeHeather said...

I will be attending Christmas Eve service with my family. We are military stationed in Japan on the tropical island of Okinawa, so we are about 15 hours ahead of the rest of the USA. It doesn't quite feel like Christmas without the snow, but the beach makes up for it :)

Carol from Paris TN said...

I am going to spend my free time reading my 2 new sock knitting books. Then I might even cast on a new pair of socks. I treated myself to a set of the *signature* dpns for Christmas and can't wait to try them out.

kelly-ann said...

I will be knitting the last 4 rounds on my husbands sweater vest (his Christmas present). Oh, also baking & decorating cupcakes for Santa with the kids - no cookies for Santa this year ;)

Sophia Marx said...

I've had enough. I'm going to sit for an hour or so and cry while I write memories of last Christmas with my sons Casey and Kerry. Kerry died Nov 4, age 2.

After that, I'm going to finish MY hooded scarf (mostly sage green with a stripe of pale brown/sage ombre). Then I will start a Seraphina shawl for ME from some yarn I received in the mail today (YIPPEE!!!!!) that is Moda Dea Cache GYPSY.

I have done for charities and family all year. I need something for me.

I am snmarx on Rav.

Gwendolen Gross said...

you know, I think I'm going to knit a few rows of my just-cast-on Central Park Hoodie. And then I'm going to make a list of what I want to do with my hubbie while grandma takes care of the kids!
Thanks for hosting this, and inspiring selfish thoughts!
Gwendolen Gross
www.the-other-mother.com

Kathleen said...

have a happy holiday! I am hoping to catch up on some reading...although I did grab a knit lit book at the library.

Anonymous said...

I will be knitting on one of many projects on the needles: mitts for my sister. I did something for myself last week, when I decided she'll get them when they're done, so I'm less stressed about finishing them on time.

mkey on Rav

:)

Tiggywinkle Knits said...

I saw your post on Ravelry and thought, "I should enter that, if I win, I can use it with that pound of green cormo I spun last summer!" LOL! We've been snowed in (Portland, Oregon) for almost a week, I must be suffering from cabin fever!

none said...

I have to wash the guest room sheets, put some gifts in bags and then I'm sitting down with a glass of Chardonnay and working on my first pair of socks.

Happy Holidays!

MaureenC said...

I plan to bake some bread and while I am waiting for the bread to bake, I plan on starting Fletcher, using some lovely Noro Iro.

floderten said...

I already did something - tonight I watched the daily episode of the Christmas calendar on TV (Denmark) with my boyfriend, and then later I watched Kung Fu Panda with him and my dad and brother.

I've been working like a fiend - at the store, and on my exam project. So no time for boyfriend or family (or cooking or cleaning or laundry). So it was bliss to just ... sit down and watch a great movie with the people I love.

Tomorrow I'll take a long, hot shower and knit on the couch until the rest of the family shows up. (Sadly, boyfriend had to go home to his own family, but we'll see each other on the 26th.)
I'm going to knit a scarf by Anne Hanson using a lovely toffee-coloured merino-tencel blend sock yarn - my brother gave it to me for my birthday!

Happy holidays everyone!

(P.S. Love the word verification - mine was 'ockfucta'. Sounds like a very special side dish or something.. ;))

Jane in Maryland said...

I sent the family off to the basketball game (Georgetown Hoyas versus ???) and am staying home alone to watch guilty pleasure TV and knit! I love being with everyone, but need some time alone to recoup and regroup. If I can stay awake, I'll do some spinning, too. All the stuff I need to do to get ready for Christmas can wait until tomorrow, and I'll be happier if I spend time with yarn.

Ann Thompson said...

I'm going to curl up with a mug of tea, some guilty-pleasure television, and my knitting. And that's it.

Mel (Ravelry ID Mariell) said...

I'm going to make our traditional Christmas bread for my daughter and try to get closer to finishing the socks I'm making for my MIL

tripletsmom said...

Well, I just woke up from what I did for me. We've all been sicks for a while. I've been trying to still get everything done. We just had all the festivities from the girls birthday and need to finish up wrapping, baking, and cleaning for Christmas. But, this afternoon, I said it can all wait. I curled up on the couch with one of the girls, the other two were on the other couch with hubby, and we all napped for a blissful 1 and a half hours:0)
Happy Holidays!

Arielle said...

Spin cinnamon colored baby llama fiber on a drop spindle while watching old episodes of Xena.

Debbie said...

That is a great idea! And I totally wasn't going to be doing something for me tonight...but now I will. I'm going to find a comfy place, turn on my audiobook and knit for a whole hour! It will be great...and relaxing. Thanks for the reminder, and Merry Christmas!
Rav: scubaknit

Keri (MmeD on ravelry) said...

Hello Susan,
Lovely idea and so generous of you! Well, I just had my third son this past Sat. the 20th and I am going to take time out to devote solely to him (as soon as the nurse is done for tonight) and just gaze at him, hold him and smell his new baby smell. Once I go home from the hospital tomorrow, my other two sons will be clamoring for attention and I will be on to my new role of a mom of three boys ages 5, 3 and brand new.

Sue said...

Well after a day of shopping with my mother at the mall and then a trip to the market to food shop, I am going to have a nice long hot shower and sit and finish the last project that is on the needles...and tomorrow it is just a day of baking....which I enjoy
MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL

Elaine said...

I'm going to cook in the morning and play Rock Band all afternoon with my snow-bound buddies!

Erin said...

If it's Tuesday night, I'm at a girlfriend's house knitting. Also, finished the Christmas knitting last night, so I get to work on whatever I please. Yippee! Tomorrow morning, I'll probably make some Toffee Biscotti--a nice break from all the super sugary goodies.

missfire said...

The Dark Knight just showed up in the mailbox, so hubby and I are going to spend the evening snuggling and watching movies. And I splurged and bought some awesome drinking chocolate for us to sip while we snuggle. :)

Anonymous said...

I heard a rumor that we're getting out of work at noon tomorrow (hopefully). If this is true, I'm heading down to a yarn store I've never been to and have wanted to go to for awhile but haven't had the time to. Have a great holiday!!!!
woolkitty on ravelry

Kim-n-Cocoa said...

I have 2 more presents to wrap and then... reading, knitting, and a bath with bubbles! And some snuggle time with the pup!

Merry Xmas!

KimnCocoa

Angela said...

We're having waffles for dinner. MMM, breakfast for dinner! That's nice for everyone ;) Hmmm, just for me? I plan to get up and go for a run in the AM, the first time in a week and a half. That is definitely for me, though not tonight - maybe it's close enough?

daizie_ray said...

I am going to start plying my "special" skein on yarn. I have been working on creating this yarn for the last several months (off and on). I dyed blue and green fin sheep fibers and blended it with black alpaca. When I ply it, I will include some sewing thread that is silver so that it has a bit of shimmer. I have been dreaming about this yarn for some time. It took me some time to work up the courage to try and bring it to life. Sorry for the long post.

Missy said...

Thanks for the opportunity to win this gorgeous yarn!

In the next 24 hours, I am going to take some time to just sit and gaze at our newborn son. He was born on Friday (Dec 19) and I feel like I haven't had a chance to just absorb all of his gorgeousness and perfection. It is what Mama needs most right now.

Darlana said...

I plan on rush knitting on my mom's clapotis, hopefully finishing it during break tomorrow at work. After work I'm off to Christmas Eve church, which will probably see the clapotis... if it isn't finished before!

Zoe said...

I took a little time for myself this afternoon and finished a book I have been reading. It felt nice to slow down the whirlwind for a little while. Now, back to the wrapping!

Liz said...

Oh, what a great idea.

In the next 24 hrs, when I have one more sock to finish to complete a pair for a gift and lots of baking to do, I vow to sit down, take a deep breath and do some spinning. Nothing else calms my nerves like feeling fiber run through my fingers.

Have a wonderful, peaceful holiday, everyone!

Jenibug said...

I plan to sit quietly and enjoy the sounds of silence, and maybe a needle click or two as I work on a sock. If I get tired of the silence I will listen to one of my audible books. Right after I was the Grinch, one of my all time favorite Christmas cartoons. Brings back a lot of memories!

suburban prep said...

I plan on making a few batches of cookies and wrapping presents and finishing a knitting project or two that I just have to put together.

Andrea Moberly said...

I've been reading all day - and sleeping - I'm sick, so my family has taken pity on me and granted me a day of rest! I plan to continue this as long as i can get away with it ;)

Jenn (aka: Darksocks) said...

Let's see.... I'm going to sleep. That's what I'm going to do for myself. I'm a preschool teacher (3 year olds) and I have 3 sons (7 and under), a husband, and my best friene (male) all tied to my apron strings. I am going to take my "octopus" (check my ravelry notebook, I'm darksocks) to bed and I'm going to sit in my quiet testosterone-free room to knit in peace.

vanessa.e. said...

i'm going to get up early and make donuts tomorrow morning! sure they will be shared with the whole family, but it's my craving that i'm giving into.

:-) happy holidays!

Nancy Trun said...

I'm going to ice sugar coolies and then make some tea and eat a whole bunch! Maybe I'll put some whisky in my tea.

nancy

Britt said...

After too many days straight of staying up too late at night to frost cupcakes, finish knitted gifts, weave in ends of knitted gifts, and wrapping 'em up cute, I scheduled myself a nap! I only had to work half-day today, so I was home before anyone else. I curled up in my favorite chair with a snuggly blanket and was out like a string of lights missing a bulb!

Camping Jason said...

Ooooh pretty! Don't know that I'll have the ability to set aside time for myself in the next 24. Between working tonight and visiting family tomorrow, I'm booked solid! But if I could, I would knit whilst watching hockey.

Lily Lemon said...

I'm going to go rock climbing at the gym and then I'm going to sit by the fire, sip some wine, and knit for ME!

Kristina said...

I am going to spend time with my daughter who just turned 3. We might open a few presents early, cook a few things for fun, and burn off some energy by playing in the pool (indoors) at our local Y. Just fun with the kid...nothing stressful. I will probably knit while she naps.

mimers66 said...

I am going to knit of course! :)

Diana said...

Mmmmm...time to sit on the couch, petting a pug--maybe Bluto, who's probably celebrating his last Christmas with us--and knitting on a sock for ... ME!

Happy holidays to all.

Christie said...

I think that I will take a nice long soak in a hot tub. Very relaxing!!

Christieb4 on Rav

Viki said...

I am going to watch a cheesy movie (Housebunny) with my husband and drink a glass of wine...after I've caught up on my blog reading of course!

Anonymous said...

Since I have to work Christmas Eve and Christmas (PM shift) at a hospital, tonight I am going to spend time with my hubby and 2 dogs, probably watch a good DVD, sip a steaming mug of tea, eat too many cookies and savor every minute!

picksupsticks (on Ravelry)

Aria said...

i'll be baking myself some yummy christmas cookies tomorrow. thank goodness for a day off of work! thanks!

knitmit on ravelry

marne said...

I think I might just sit under the Christmas tree with the lights on and a mug of hot chocolate for a bit, before the crazy gift-wrapping/laundry doing/packing frenzy I have to do later.

Lenore D said...

Susan,
Love your idea of me time. I actually was wondering today if I turned into Cinderella with no ball to attend and no prince. Just a husband and 3 sons in there 20's all home, so I can cook and spoil them.
Tis' the season! I think I'll give up on all and go start a new knitting project-thanks for the permission.
Lenore

zuzu said...

Mmm. . . I'm between projects (just finished another pair of toddler socks to donate), so I think I'll knit up a donatable scarf out of a nice thick and thin yarn.

Pat said...

I'm meditating, doing some yoga, and taking a nice walk.
Love the pictures of your farm in the snow.

Mrs. Tommie said...

We've been baking cookies and making candies. Tonight I'm going to sit with my family and watch a family favorite Christmas movie. Then I'm going to cuddle in a blanket with and audio book and knit. Tomorrow is Christmas Eve. We'll package up our cookies and drop some off at our local fire department and some friends' homes.

Dena said...

I plan on making some caramels for Christmas gifts, knitting and enjoying the snow. P.S. I love the idea of being a shareholder. I hope to buy a share or two in the new year.

mel said...

what an awesome idea...i hope your hour went by nicely, and not interrupted beyond all belief...in the next day i'll likely waste a huge amount of time on ravelry LOOKING at knit stuff, instead of...ummmm...actually knitting...and then...at some point i will decide to step away from the computer and actually knit...yep.

happy festivus!!

mel

Elysa W. said...

I feel like I've been running since October 1. So I turned down all my invitations for Christmas day and am curling up on the couch with some good books I picked out. Even have a bottle of white wine chilling if the mood strikes me.

Dawnmaire said...

I think I'll knit a bit, cuddled up with my snuggly fleece blanket. I don't have anything going for myself at the moment. I should start something. Maybe I'll give myself a manicure, that'd be nice :)

Lisa said...

Book, hot tea or cocoa, blankey, animals to snuggle with, knitting, maybe a movie....heaven!

amy said...

my xmas season has turned disasterous - my daughter, who lived with her father, was asked to leave their home, so she's currently camping out with me while I try to get some agency/ANY agency to help us get through this. he doesn't want her back, but he doesn't want to give me custody. go figure.

so - my shopping is done, my shipping out of packages is done, in the next 24 hours, i'm going to treat my daughter and myself to a session at the tanning center, and we'll come out warm, and relaxed, in the middle of the wisconsin snow.

and hope stuff gets better.

merry xmas everyone... hug your kids, please.

Sara said...

That is beautiful yarn...Please enter my name to see if I can win it...

Miss Mildred said...

I'm going to wipe down the dining table and work on my art project for as long as I can. I have a deadline and the holiday responsibilities are getting in the way.
ps that green yarn sure is pretty.
rav id hormiga

yarn-sitter said...

I'm going to pour myself a glass of eggnog, listen to Christmas music and knit away on my socks.

Vasili said...

Hopefully go to the yarn store. :|

Nichole said...

I'm going to sleep in tomorrow morning and let my husband take care of the baby:)

Emma said...

Today I ordered some lovely yarn and starting tomorrow I am only knitting for me for at least two weeks.

This is fabulous. Thanks!

knitnsticks said...

For the next 48 hours I will: finish knitting a cowl; sew a purse for my sister-in-law; wrap ALL my presents; make a couple of dishes to take to my Mom's for lunch; laundry; go to my mom-in-law's; go to my Mom's; hopefully I can squeeze a little time in to breathe and maybe sleep!

Anonymous said...

I plan on making a chocolate cake using the recipe that was given to me by my grandmother. My 11 year old daughter will help and then the cake will be taken to the Christmas Day celebration with my family. (jsample on ravelry.)

Anonymous said...

I am going to watch my favorite Christmas movie of all time "The Miracle on 34th Street. I like the old version with Natalie Wood as the little girl.

Knittingdancer on Raverly

shosh15 said...

Tonight, I'm going to take some time to spin, it is a gift for someone else, but spinning calms me and gives me quiet time and the fibre is just gorgeous to spin, so I'm really looking forward to it.
Tomorrow I'm making cinnamon buns from the link that you posting, I haven't had a good one in years so I'm totally looking forward to it.

April said...

I went to my LYS and indulged in a skein of Manos wool- cast on for a So-Called Scarf!

Nina said...

I'm working on my alpaca cabled scarf, even though I should be doing the seams on a pair of fingerless mitts for DIL for Christmas.

XenaBob on Ravelry

Jenna S said...

My plans sound strikingly similar to many of the above and that makes me very happy. Christmas eve we curl up on the sofa, light a fire in the fireplace snuggle up with the fuzzy family members and watch The Bishop's Wife ( with Cary Grant.. sigh!) and relax into Christmas with a little knitting.

Happy Holidays to all!

patita said...

I sent IOUs for unfinished projects rather than stressing over getting them done, and just put a nice ribbon on the rest of it. Setting a timer to make sure you get to read is simply brilliant.

Crista said...

I am going to read a bit of Santa Cruise, a holiday mystery...

Joy said...

IM GOING TO LEARN HOW TO KNIT!!

Sounds easy enough...right?! Crocheting is my "thang" and Ive gotten so good at it that Im scared to start over again with another fiber art (knitting). Ive been milling this around in my head and Ive decided to go for it!! Wish me luck!!

NERVOUSLY KNITTING,
Joyous7 on Ravelry

babyjenks said...

i'm going to make myself a good cup of coffee when all the cooking is done and put home made whipped cream in it. my favorite holiday treat. then i'll sit down and read a novel for the first time in a while.

thanks for letting us in on all of the farm going ons!

~ sabe (aka babyjenks)

Nicole said...

I took a nice hot bath and soaked all my sore muscles (mmm, shoveling ice). I also just got done watching Horton Hears a Who while working on some knitting.
Now it's time to snuggle with some blankets ...

-crimsnmastrpc on ravelry

Cinda said...

I plan to curl up with one of my knitted afghans, a Jane Austin DVD and my two sweet little dogs, Petey and Skippers and just chill out.

Kim C. said...

Sadly, I'm just going to be working. I'm a night shift nurse so it shouldn't be too bad. When I get home, I'm still knitting a few last minute requests I got from siblings for gifts. I'm just so excited that my siblings actually asked me to knit them things for once! kimothyjones @ ravelry

Fromagette said...

I plan on baking bread. Yes, it is for dinner tomorrow, but I really enjoy cooking, especially baking. And the bread I'm making is amazing (I just tried the recipe today).

Karyn said...

I'm going to watch House and work on my cashmere fingerless gloves.

pj said...

I am going to sleep!!!
Worked the last 5 nights at the hospital. Myself and the dogs are going to pile into the bed, I will get out for dogwalking then going back in it!!!
Pj

S. said...

I'm doing it right now--grabbing some time after the spouse and kid are sleeping, catching up on blogs and get started on the next sleeve of the sweater I have underway.

I work retail (I own a bookstore). The only way I get time for myself this time of year is by staying up past my bedtime.

Marlitharn said...

I'm at work right now, but when I get home I'm going to sit down with a glass of chocolate milk (liberally doctored with coffee liqueour - yum!) and finish the last chapter of Lord of the Rings. Then I'm going to go to bed and NOT set my alarm, because the child has no school tomorrow!

Donna S. said...

I am sleeping in tomorrow!!!

Anonymous said...

Finishing a cowl in scrumptiously fuzzy Colinette Isis (Crem Tea color)--with beautiful silver baguette buttons I bought this afternoon. I'll be all snuggly for Christmas!

bewts on Ravelry

Dawn said...

I am going to bake a batch of sugar cookies - just for ME - while sipping a glass of wine.

dmarie19 on Ravelry

Dianne said...

I've just taken the last batch of Christmas gift cookies out of the oven (11:30 pm) and I'm now going to put my feet up, browse the December issue of British Country Living, and have a cup of hot cocoa....with a dash of Kahlua added for extra comfort! Merry Christmas.

Virginia said...

Does it count if I did it today? I totally slacked on getting ready for Christmas and read a whole book today. Yes, an entire novel, "The Friday Night Knitting Club" I think it's called. Great book.

Virginia, ge0rge on Ravelry

Karen said...

Well Susan, its an admirable gesture, but my 24 hrs will be extended to 48 hrs. My plan for "me" was to treat myself to a mud mask facial. Then a long soak (with candles to set the mood) in a hot bathtub filled with bubbles and Lubriderm oil while listening to my uncle's jazz cd. However, I worked late tonight, so it will happen on Christmas Eve, probably after I help my mom bake another pie.

Happy Holidays to EVERYONE (incl. the sheep!)

Hugs, Karen

Laura said...

I'm going to watch tv without doing anything else! No wrapping or last minute stressful crafting!

Diana said...

assembing a knitting kit for a project just for me. I am thinking the French Market bag from Knitty, some beautiful heathered Lupine colored wool from Wild Apple Hill Farm.... Casting on will be pure bliss

Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas!

Rebeccaknits on Ravelry

Michelle said...

I'll be making pumpkin pies and knitting while spending time with my family. Merry Christmas!

Jenny in St. Louis said...

Pop some popcorn, build a fire, and drink hot cocoa and knit by the fireplace

caracolina said...

On Christmas Eve I'll probably be the last person at the office because my hubby has to pick me up (we only have one car) and he's working until 4PM at least. We are looking for some quiet time together in the evening. First we'll make dinner (probably a salad), then he'll tinker around on the computer catching up on news or blogging while I will do some spinning or add a few more inches to the scarf I'm knitting for him. Our idea of fun at home! Thanks for another great giveaway, Susan, and I hope you guys have great Holidays and a Happy New Year!

Sarah said...

I just finished a hat for my sister, and now I plan to settle down with a season of House and start on a hat for myself. Tomorrow, my lovely boyfriend is coming over and we are going to make a gingerbread house! Then, I will spend some quality time with my mom, because she has to work on Christmas.

Happy holidays, and thank you for this lovely giveaway!

Anonymous said...

Well, I just finished making a giant batch of peppermint bark. Yummy.
Earlier, I went through my stash (about eight huge boxes) of shrunken wool sweaters, choosing several for different things. Tomorrow I will make my hubby and daughter each a pair of mittens with leather palms. These are sewn, so probably take about an hour each, with the cutting and sewing.
I have a batch of Pioneer Womans Christmas Cookies to roll out, cut out and bake. Yummy!
It would be nice if I could get to the post office tomorrow so I could pick up the mail.

Robyn in the Northwoods

Jadon said...

I am going to start my first noro ribbed hat - I've loved the look of Noro yarn for a year now. I finally said, the heck with it, I deserve it, bought 2 skeins, and can't wait to see the finished project. This is the first project (in a long time) that I've decided to make for myself, its Christmas! Who knows, maybe I'll finish it before I go back to work Tues.

miss ewe said...

Hear, hear!

I spent 90 minutes at the gym today when I "should" have been finishing the Christmas knitting. It was some much needed me-time.

Gorgeous colour!!!

Stephannie said...

I'll play!

I'm working on a sweater....

...for me!

Infinitespirals said...

I am going to make cookies with as many chocolate chips per square centimeters as is physically possible...and then I am going to eat a bunch of them!

George the Girl said...

I put down the Christmas knitting to knit myself a pair of mitts...because I wanted them NOW :)

abeesley said...

I'm going to walk on the treadmill while watching trashy TV shows!

leeann said...

I'm planning on knitting for myself. I cast on a stole I've been wanting to make for a while, and now that all the Christmas knitting is done & mailed, I'll finally have time!

Anonymous said...

A hot bath with the candles lit. Maybe even adding bubbles. Just me. Just quiet. Just for a little while.

emilysmom on Rav

magurk said...

Spending time with the family and the dogs. Knitting of course. Hoping and believing in the randomness of being chosen for free yarn. :)

Lushorama said...

hmmmmmmm...it's hot here in Western Australia, so I plan on turning on my air conditioner, grabbing a long, tall cool drink (perhaps alcoholic, who knows, but it will definately have a straw and a fancy umbrella!), and kicking back and doing some knitting. Then tomorrow, I'm going to my Mum and Dads' place for breakfast, then home again for a day of relaxation and snoozing with my dogs, then back to their place for Christmas dinner, with my brothers and their wives. A lovely day!!
Thank you for such a lovely contest, and Merry Christmas to you and yours!!

Anonymous said...

I am going to try to find the Yak Trax and go for a snowy run...just a short one. I haven't run since Thanksgiving and I need it (especially after eating all that bread!).

Have a great week!

Kathleen

ikkinlala said...

I'm going to sleep in for an hour, or, if I can't sleep, read for the same amount of time.

Anonymous said...

I plan to grab a lovely skein of sock yarn and cast on for a nice sock project while listening to a new audiobook. :) Nadine (NadKnitBlog@aol.com)

Anonymous said...

I'll put snowflake decals on my nails. So festive! Then I'll breathe deeply and remind myself that the small details (like a clean house) are NOT what is important this time of year.

Rebw12 on Rav

nhoran said...

What I'm looking forward to doing most today is going to church with my two little granddaughters and afterwards relaxing with them, their uncles, and their great-grandmother at my son and daughter-in-law's house. At just three years old, this is the first year that Michaela really gets what is going on and she is sooooooooo excited!

Anonymous said...

I plan to finish the sock for me! And enjoy relaxing as I'm done. Everything is knitted and wrapped!

neurula said...

I'm going to spend an hour on my own, in a quiet room away from the rest of the family, knitting socks and listening to the Cast On podcast. Can't wait!

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