Knitters, prepare! 2013 is only two weeks away. Are you ready for Selfish Knitting New Year 2013?

Two weeks ago we did a massive roundup of 42, count ’em, 42 Ravelry knitting patterns to get you pumped to knit yourself some goodies, including 12 pairs of INSANE LOTR-themed socks. Be still my freaking heart.

Galadriel by Claire Ellen

Galadriel by Claire Ellen

So what are you making for yourself? Post your links below, and if you haven’t done it yet, sign up to be part of the SKNY movement, and share it with your knitting friends!

Selfish Knitting New Year 2013 is Coming…

With every cool evening where a chill creeps into the air and makes you reach for a snuggly sweater, we knitters get the itch to dig our fingers into the wooly stuff.

But remember Selfish Knitting New Year, and our vow to actually knit things for ourselves on occasion? I know it’s only September, we’re all already in the middle of Christmas present knitting, and these last few months of the year go quickly. So while you knit your gifts, make sure you’re also gathering patterns you want to wear, stash that yarn, and prepare.

Selfish Knitting New Year 2013 is coming…

Nina Chicago

Nina Chicago, my favorite yarn shop in the world

Join up, knit yourself some pretties, and get a free copy of my upcoming sweater pattern!

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Selfish-Knitting New Year – Snapdragon Fliptops

Now that I have quit smoking (kind of, I still have a few weeks of the patch left, so I don’t consider myself there yet), I think I deserve a treat.That treat will be a pair of Snapdragon Fliptops.
For a long time I was hesitant to knit something for my hands. As a (former) smoker and exclusive user of natural fiber, non-crappy yarns, I knew that if I made myself a pair of gloves or mittens or whatever, the smoky smell would infiltrate the fibers completely, making them gross and dingy in no time.
They call for MadelineTosh DK yarn, which they are currently out of at Fuzzy Wuzzy Yarns,my only good local yarn shop (they have worsted, but that doesn’t help me right now).
I am completely loving the Candlewick colorway (the one shown for the finished fliptops is Gilded, but they’re close), especially since I figured out my perfect color palette – variations of peacock (blue green and purple) and yellow.Red and orange have no place in my wardrobe, they makes me look dead.
But now that I’ve kicked the smoke, I deserve something nice. As luck would have it, the DK is scheduled to arrive in January, just in time for SKNY. Oh yes, this will be item #1 for Selfish Knitting New Year.

What are your Selfish Knitting New Year project shaping up to be?

Selfish Knitting New Year

It seems something I mentioned in the Meaning of Life Scarf post really struck a chord with some of you. I know it was the first time I had seriously thought about it, and haven’t been able to stop since.

Elf on a Shelf

via Coffin Confections

Selfish knitting, people, let’s talk about it. How long have you been knitting? How much of money have you given to your favorite LYSs? 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 belong to you and you actually wear?

If your answers are anything like mine, smack yourself in the head, run a bubble bath, pour a glass of wine, and get ready to pamper yourself a little bit.

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