My fellow knitters, their is a great ongoing injustice in your lives. Ask yourself the following questions, as I have recently asked myself:
- How long have you been knitting?
- How much of money have you given to your favorite yarn shop?
- How many hours have you spent knitting things only to give them away and never see them again, much less see them worn by the person you made them for?
- How many lace-weight items has your freaking mother lost?
- How many items that you have knitted to you actually wear/belong to you?
If your answers are anything like mine (1-many years; 2-entire paychecks; 3-enough to earn a college degree, perhaps; 4- any more and I might have to murder her; 5-2, a scarf and a hat), take heart, and decide now to take back your craft – at least for a little while.
Beginning January 1st, 2013, put aside all of your projects for others and join me for three months of knitting for yourself, heretofore known as Selfish Knitting New Year.
Here’s how it works:
- Sign up below.
- Round up as many patterns as you think you can complete in the first three months of 2013.
- Leave a comment below with a link to your planned projects.
- Buy yarn and any other supplies for said projects.
- Stash until January.
- From January until the end of March, as you complete each project, email a photo of it to be compiled into a glorious montage of self-knitting love.
- Buy good yarn: get thee to the yarn store – a LYS (local yarn shop), not some giant craft store with a nearly exclusive selection of Red Heart Super Saver acrylic junk. Not to be a yarn snob (I’m not telling you to splurge on cashmere, necessarily) but get yourself some nice natural fibers at least.
- Swatch like you mean it: none of this guesstimating and knitting with an overpowering sense of worry and multiple froggings that tends to happen when you don’t swatch. Just do it. And then, if you’re coming up short, you have can frog said swatch and have some extra.
- Do not cut corners: you’re playing for keeps this time, so do it right, and if you are unsure of a step, look it up, get inside the stitches and figure it out. If you mess something up, go back and fix it. These items will be ones you will be proud to wear.
Selfish Knitting New Year is about making something for yourself, or a number of somethings that you’ll cherish as much as your work deserves to be.
Are you in?
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