Let the Selfish Knitting Begin!


All of our holiday knitting is done, and now we have a chance to settle into the bleakest months of the year with some woolly goodness, and some knitting projects made out of gorgeous yarn that we will actually get to wear for a change.

Madeline Tosh Merino Light Fingering in Winter Wheat

Do you have your yarn and patterns? Be sure to tell us what you’re up to in the comments below, but in the meantime, let me show you what’s on my plate for Selfish Knitting New Year!

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How to Look Boyish in a Skirt

Big comfy sweater with elbow patches, big men’s shirt, tights, chunky heeled boots and a big ring. It’s dusty and casual, but still looks really put together.

via Nesairah N.

Wearing a skirt or dress without looking too feminine is something I’m always trying to pull off. I hate dresses and skirts for the most part – I’m not the girliest girl on the block, but I love this look, minus the hat. A different hat would be nice, or maybe with the hair styled up in a mohawk?

Daily Inspiration – Slouchy Rainbow Hat

I don’t know what this is exactly, because the page this linked to was in Icelandic and I couldn’t find the actual post (again, Icelandic), but I love it. I think I could make a lovely hat with this sort of pattern…perhaps slouchy…

Dammit, now I have an excuse to buy a bunch of rainbow worsted merino. I’m seeing Madeline Tosh DK for this. I need more rainbow in my wardrobe. Super-Pride-yeah!

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Looks like I have a pattern to figure out and bring to y’all!

Making Christmas

So I’m sitting at school yesterday, working on Mr. Skellington, when I get to the eyehole part of the pattern. Although I’ve been knitting on and off for awhile now, I’m still not the best when it comes to visualizing patterns. I just kind of follow the road and hope it doesn’t dead end. So I’m happily buzzing along, slowly but surely (I ripped open two fingers with a feather razor while cutting this Philippino dude’s very difficult hair-cut open fingers do not help knitting any), Band Aids dulling the feel of the merino sliding though my fingers. The pattern is written for either circular or double-pointed needles, I’m using double-points. I’ve never knitted anything with a small circumference, like a hat, on circulars, because all of the circulars I have are really freaking long.

My first set of needles (and it was quite the selection) was given to my by my alternatingly cool and completely nutters ex-mother in law. Sometimes they go hand in hand, though, don’t they? She even gave them to me in this pretty case she made. Neat, huh?

Then there were some from Grandma Pony (also known as Antoinette, or Toni, but my 3-year-old soon-to-be stepdaughter couldn’t say Toni at the time). She has had pretty bad arthritis for some time now, but I suspect she has a massive stash of needles and accessories that may float my way one day. I get this idea because my other grandma, Grandma Zetta (also known as Rosetta – again, the little one) passed away this past April, and as I’m the only yarn addict in the family, I now have tons of circulars and other needles from her. I’ve been slowly working on replacing all of the metal needles (who am I kidding, I never get rid of anything – I will end up doubling or tripling my stash this way) with bamboo. When I get back down to living in the city in 9 months or so, I’ll be taking public transportation a lot again. This means it will be me, my coffee, by big black bag, and hopefully warm blonde bamboo needles instead of the Hoth aluminum daggers of death. That, and those slippery little aluminum bastards just jump out of my WIPs in the ever-shifting black hole that is my bag. It is a hell dimension unto itself.  But so many pockets!

But yes, the Skellington! So I’m rolling along with the stockinette in the round, and then get to this place in the instructions where I am told to BO 2, knit 11 for a total of 12 sts on the right needle, BO 2 again, put those stitches on a holder, then start purling WS. Of course I’m thinking, the advantage of knitting in the round is that there IS no wrong side, and wait, what?

Now if I had been able to think it out, this is a pretty simple idea, all it would have taken was for me to look at the squishy bunch of fibers in my hand instead of in my head, but a quick Ravelry check set everything right.Apparently I’m not the only one that couldn’t figure this out. If you decide to make this hat, find the errata here. Here’s what it looks like in progress.

Knitting Mr. Skellington

Getting into my third skein now.

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Projects galore

I have a problem of late where I get way too many projects going at the same time, and then things fall by the wayside.  Well, not of late, pretty much always.  So that’s a problem, but the other one is my pathological need to refine things over and over to the point that I never really consider them “finished.”

These days, life is pretty busy.  I’m going back to barber school (Canadian license didn’t transfer to Illinois) three days a week, 12-hour days, another three days a week working the front desk at my barbershop (not mine, really, it’s just my shoppey home), I have a 3-year-old soon-to-be stepdaughter, and I’m planning my wedding for next August, as well as helping my sister plan hers for next July.  I’m freaking busy, and if I don’t have my crafty meditation time, life kinda sucks.

So here’s the plan.  Simplify.  Sometimes good enough really is good enough.  And just keep up on things, you know?  Have my list of daily to dos, weekly, monthly, whatever, and use my calendar.  I am going to get my shit together, and part of me hopes this blog helps hold me accountable a wee bit.

So although I have four more projects in my immediate queue, I am only starting two right now, mostly because I left the baby hat at school, and won’t be able to get at it again until Monday, and I can’t go two days without knitting.  I really totally can’t.

Gooseberry Hat

via Suvi Simola on Ravelry

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