Happy New Year! I’m looking forward to a year of making things, particularly if that means finishing my unfinished projects left over from the year (or years) gone by. Maybe that’s one of your New Year’s resolutions, too?
Chances are if you’re reading this, you’re a “maker” yourself. I have a favorite tote bag (like a lot of knitters, I have quite a few) that reads, I Make Therefore I Am. With a nod to Descartes, it explains very simply why I pick up needles and yarn. But I must admit, making = finishing. And a lot of my tote bags hold unfinished projects.
How about you? Are you a monogamous stitcher, finishing each project before moving on to the next? Or do you, like me, have chronic Fiberstartitis? (Early warning signs: 3 or more filled project bags.) Nothing wrong with that at all, if you’ve got a lot of storage space.
GYI wants 2016 to be the “Year of the FO.” To help you git-r-done, we are announcing FINISH FIVE BY FEBRUARY – you can earn up to $10 in GYI store credit just by completing five projects. Here’s how it works:
- Choose five projects – they can be knitting, weaving, crochet, or any other fiber art involving yarn – that you know you can finish by the 29th of February. (Note you’ll have an extra day, thanks to Leap Year.) Tell us what your five are by either (a) registering them at the shop, (b) posting in the Finish Five by February discussion thread in our group on Ravelry, or (c) emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- While we would love it if all your yarn always came from GYI, projects using yarn purchased elsewhere are eligible this time around.
- Your five can include brand new projects, not just unfinished ones. It’s all about the finishing, so regardless of when your five are/were started, they only need to be completed by February 29th.
- When you notify us (as above) that you’ve finished your five, we’ll give you a $5 store credit, redeemable any time in 2016. If you use your credit within 30 days of finishing your five, you’ll receive an additional $5 credit! (As with Frequent Buyer Points, your $5 credit can be used on a $20+ purchase of full price merchandise; save $10 on a $40+ purchase.)
I’m going on record with my five right now and will try to post before/after pictures as I check them off the list:
- Conversationalist hat – needs its pom pom
- Very Gifted Cowl (blue) – just started
- Very Gifted Cowl (grey) – not started yet
- Kenzie Shawl – half done
- Building Blocks – 8 squares done and blocked, 4 to go
If I hope to finish all five, I need to get right to your FOs…
Kim is a new customer at the shop and a new knitter, too. You’d never know it from her first finished project, though, this handsome pullover made with Berroco Vintage and a vintage Vogue pattern. Wow!
Made the “old-fashioned way” on straight needles and seamed, this is an impressive debut. Just look at those set-in sleeves! It helps that she has a friend and mentor who is an expert knitter, but still…
Her in-progress shots take me back to my early days as a knitter. I think it’s time for me to make a sweater “from the bottom up” again. Anyone else interested in some retro knitting?
Maxine is another of our intrepid sweater knitters. She chose Berroco Maya for her Second Story Tee, a pattern by Debbie O’Neill that appeared in Interweave Knits. Hers is another beautifully knit and finished garment.
Kathy made her dramatic #112 Dramatic Lace Top-Down Wrap Cardigan* from SweaterBabe in Cascade Pacific. Yes, folks, this is the proud smile you get when you wear a sweater you love – a sweater you made yourself.
Kathy also shared her lovely Crochet à la Brioche Scarf* in Berroco Vintage. Alla Koval is the designer.
By now it’s no secret that Berroco Vintage is a topseller. Jill used 4 skeins for her Thirsty Rose* from Carol Feller for her granddaughter. This cute little sweater jacket can close with a toggle button high up on the collar (not shown) to keep out the chill.
Joan’s Drachenfels* from Melanie Berg turned out to be a real stash buster. She used four different shades of tosh merino light and “something sparkly” from her stash. Her palette takes a pattern that can be just another striped shawl to a whole new level of elegance.
Joan also zipped through two pretty cowls recently. First, Laura Chao’s Cross Stitch Cowl* in soft cotton/silk Lana Grossa California. Next, Craig Rosenfeld’s Brice cowl on US 10.5s with alpaca/wool Classic Elite Wynter. Brice would be a great cowl for a beginner. It looks like complicated color work, but it’s simply alternating rounds of knit in a main color with rounds of purl in a contrast color.
Linda made this charming stranded colorwork ear warmer for her music teacher. She used Shibui Staccato for the Musica Headband from Deborah Tomasello.
Joanne liked one of Catherine’s pattern picks from her Twelve Weeks of Hats so much she made one for herself. Here is Palindrome, designed by Kristin Bellehumeur, in Manos del Uruguay Maxima.
Brigid has passed quite a few knitting milestones this winter. She has mastered DPNs to make these snazzy fingerless mitts with sportweight Austermann Step.
And she calculated the extra stitches to cast on to our Wynter Queen Cowl, shown below, to make it a long infinity scarf of Classic Elite Wynter.
And then she created a jaunty beret/tam using the Wynter Queen stitch pattern, gathering the top edge for a built-in ruffly pom pom. Brava, Brigid!
Finally, here is my first Conversationalist, a Plucky Knitter Design. The yarn is the cushy and comfy Knit One Crochet Too Après Ski. Darling daughter models her size large on Christmas afternoon, when I snapped her picture sitting out in the 60-degree sunshine. We have just a few skeins of Après Ski left after our big sale last week. Grab these crazy bright highlighter colors while they last. My second Conversationalist is on my list of five to finish (see above). It will be the small size in green and white with a flourescent pink pom pom for my granddaughter. I’d forgotten how much fun making pom poms can be!
Note: Patterns marked with an asterisk (*) are available at Gosh Yarn It!