Last week I received an email from Michaels with a make-your-own-50%-off-sale coupon (as did everyone else on their mailing list) and Lucas treated me to a shopping spree on Saturday.Â Wow am I a lucky girl!Â I used the 50% off coupon on something I’ve needed for a long time … a knitting bag.Â I’ve been pining for one of the Ravelry totes but it’s on my Christmas list.Â The fact that I needed something useful for carrying my WIPs around became very apparent this past Thursday when the first official meeting of the SE Calgary Knit & Crochet group took place.Â We organized on Ravelry.Â It started with me looking on the Calgary discussion board for any groups that were already meeting way down in the SE.Â It turned out that there weren’t any, so once it became apparent that there were several showing real interest in the idea, we just decided to make our own.Â We met at a local Starbucks and it was really great!Â There were four of us total with one other confirmed to be there next month along with a possible sixth member, too.Â It was a great way to meet and get to know
each other. As I was getting ready for my first knit-and-crochet-in-public social event, I realized I was carrying my current WIP (a baby blanket for the Ckalieys) around in a Safeway bag.Â Sad.Â I managed to scrounge up something for Thursday but I was elated to pick up a real knitting travel bag at Michaels with my coupon and it’s so handy!Â Just look how pretty!
And that’s not all I got at Michaels.Â I’ve been carrying around a tattered yarn wish (read: need) list in my purse for all the yarn required to make the Christmas gift items on my to do list this season.Â Most of it was on sale and so I picked up more yarn in that one trip than I’ve bought over the last several months combined. Needless to say, it was an exciting day :)Â Just look at all of that luscious yarn!
I’ve got several digital scrapping freebies ready to give away (I’m glad everyone liked the CU paper edgers from yesterday!) but also on the horizon are some tutorials for working with the My Memories Suite digital scrapbooking software I use.Â I’ve gotten a few emails lately from users asking about its features after they read my review, and now that I’ve had the software for nearly a year and have been using it extensively, I think some tutorials would be a great idea.Â Inspired by an email I got today, I’m already working on a basic features intro and a tips and tricks for layering paper tutorial.Â I know it won’t be of much use to those of you who don’t use My Memories Suite, but perhaps the free videos will inspire you and get you excited enough about the software that you’ll want to pick it up for yourself! :)Â I really can’t rave enough about it.
So that’s what’s new on the crafting front.Â See you back here soon for more freebies later in the week and some software tutorials.Â And with all of that great yarn I just got, you can be sure there will be some more WIPs to share in the very near future :)Â Have a great week! :heart: