Have you noticed that January is now being called the month for “selfish knitting”? The reasoning goes that all gift knitting for the holidays is finished, and – for at least 31 days – we should be knitting only what we want for ourselves. I’ve been around enough knitters to know the “us vs. them” battle rages all year long. I hear “I never knit for other people” as often as “I give away everything I make.”
Right now, I have one of Jared Flood’s Turn A Square hats almost done. It started out as a gift, but the intended recipient gave the helical striping a thumbs down. Since I totally love the stripes, I’m going to keep it for myself. Does that count as “selfish knitting”? Either way, I’ll be the warmer for it, since the yarn I’m using is delicious mYak Medium. How about you? What’s on your needles this month?
In this post, “them” is definitely winning out over “us,” and it’s easy to see why. Here are three adorable child-friendly projects, starting with Gina’s Mice Socks, knit in Cascade 220 Sport.
Sandy has been working on her Googly-Eyed Gator baby blanket for… let’s just say “awhile.” Designed by Ashley Rao, the pattern appears in the book 60 Quick Baby Blankets (available at GYI). She used Sirdar Snuggly DK. Sandy freely admits she jumped into the deep end with this project, having to learn several new techniques along the way, but she has created a masterpiece of intarsia knitting.
Bonnie chose Ultra Wool for her sweet Schleifchen Cloche* from Stephanie Carton. You know I just had to look up the German/English translation. My one year of college German taught me that -chen is a suffix that creates a diminutive, but what did Schleife mean? Ribbon! Voilà… the “little bow cloche.”
Stella, however, is squarely in the “us” camp. Her scarf uses no pattern, just simple 1×1 ribbing and soft ombré Gomitolo 200 from Lana Grossa. With one ball weighing in at a generous 200g/765 yards, she cast off at the desired length with more than enough yarn left to make a matching pair of armwarmers – for herself, of course.
The next post will sing the praises of two of our favorite yarns that will be fully restocked next week: Ultra Wool worsted and Vintage (both worsted and chunky weights) from Berroco. Watch for lots of pattern ideas for these workhorse yarns!