Just for the record, I am making an important announcement now, about January.
Perhaps every knitter I know is making at least one knitted gift for this time of year. Many of us are deferring gratification and putting off our desires to knit projects for ourselves.
Never mind that even when we don’t knit, there is a lot of need to set aside personal preferences in December for the good of the whole. It’s lovely to commune with our loved ones, but it takes a bit of a toll on what free time we didn’t have to start with.
In my case, I had a very unproductive 2007 because of health issues (unresolved food allergies). My situation really turned around in a wonderful way, in March of this year. I have been sprinting to the finish line to catch up, ever since.
In 2007 I finished writing/issued 3 patterns. This year I am working on finishing my 10th pattern (some need to wait to be announced). Five of this year’s patterns I actually started in 2006 or 2007.
I am working full-tilt to finish up old and current projects this week and next, so that I can start 2009 with only projects for 2009. Imagine that!
I don’t know about you, but that means to me that I need a reward in January. I am declaring January “Selfish Knitting Month.” Brian asks if it’s International Selfish Knitting Month, but I guess I say it’s Lynn–ternational Selfish Knitting Month at the moment. If some of you out of the US join me, then it can really be international. I hope that happens.
So prepare in your mind… what will you make after the ball drops in Times Square? What will you cast on? What will you make just because you dream of making it, when it’s finally your turn???
First, I’ll need an instant-gratification project. I’m really thinking about knitting a second pair of Fuzzy Feet. I made a pair in 2002, when the pattern first came out (on Knitty) and loved them, and wore them a LONG time before they finally gave out.
I think the knitting only took me a few days, and they lasted so long it’s worth repeating that project again. (Photo today is me in my version after felting, I added the “fur” trim for fun, but maybe won’t add that again this time.)
I have a few sweaters in my mind. I need to replace my favorite turquoise mohair sweater, which has worn thin on the elbows. I bought new similar yarn at Threadbear last year and swatched for it, but never got past a swatch. This one is most important and I think since it’s very simple and blocky I can realistically make it in a month or two if I allow myself to do that selfish thing for a little while.
I also have some Debbie Bliss yarn, it’s a magenta/fuschia tweed in a bulky weight, which I got at Rae’s Yarn Boutique. It wants to keep me warm when February winds blow. I got the pattern book for the sample sweater I tried on at Rae’s, it looks good on me. I may do that design, maybe another.
And my big dream is to knit a Kristin Nicholas pattern. I am *IN LOVE* with her Circles, Bobbles and Stripes Sweater pattern from the Kristin Knits book. It requires five colors of yarn, knitting in stripes and intarsia, and a little embroidery. I am in love.
I’ll have to order the yarn to do it as I dream it in my mind. Kristin designed it in her lovely Nashua Julia wool/alpaca/mohair yarn, but her color palette is a little more subtle than mine. It takes five colors, Kristin never shies away from more! Rae says she can order me some Brown Sheep Naturespun Worsted in colors that I adore, so I am leaning toward that.
I can not find a photo of the sweater on Kristin’s site, but Ravelry has a Project Page showing five different projects made by members of Ravelry based on the pattern (it does not show Kristin’s original, which is photographed on the back cover of the book and which I saw in person at TNNA last June).
Bold is the word, it is totally my cup o’tea! (You need to be a member of Ravelry to see the projects at that link.)
If I do that project, it may take me a full year, as my last long-sleeved sweater did. However, I would love the finished product as long as the yarn held out, I’m sure of that.
I’m excited about this prospect. January 2009 is helping me get through a to-do list with 21 things on it, some of which may take a dozen or more hours. I may defer some personal items to January, but I am determined that my business will be caught up on January 1.
Some knitters never knit for themselves. Would this be your first time allowing selfish knitting? Will you join me? Do you know already what you want to start in January, just for yourself?