I joined a bi-monthly knit-a-long (is that lame?), you should join me too! It's for dishcloths so it's easy, a great way to practice new techniques, great for gifts, and won't take up too much time. Their blog is
http://monthlydishclothkal.blogspot.com/ and then you have to join the Yahoo Group in order to see the patterns. They give out a few lines a day and after a week, voila!