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Archive for January 1st, 2009

International Selfish-Creating Month

Thursday, January 1st, 2009

Knitters (and other creative folks), you probably just finished a period of time where you made things for others more than yourself. If for some reason, you resisted that part, you still no doubt spent the last several weeks with more social obligations than usual, and less time for self-nurturing activities.

Well, my solution to this imbalance, for several years now, is to declare January my Selfish-Knitting Month. I have responses from you folks, including three countries, so this year I am decaring it International Selfish-Creating Month. I am inviting all creatives (knitters, cooks, musicians and more) to join me in a month of no-guilt making things we want to make. I highly encourage you to keep the item(s) you make for your own use.

In celebration of this first day of the new year, I have already spent some time spinning multicolored yarn on my spinning wheel. I did start this single bobbin of singles (one ply) before today, but I finished today. It is not much fiber on its own, I have no idea what it will be, but I was curious about how it would spin up.

It is much prettier than I expected, and that is great since the ball of fluffy wool roving was very lovely to start with. The yarn is more turquoise than I imagined. Darn! After all, turquoise remains my fave color. It also has hot green, hot pink, and some black in it, but the dominant impression is turquoise.

I will probably ply it (twist it together with another strand) but with something different, so that it will go further. I have never spun silk, but I have a solid turquoise “silk hankie” (flat bit of silk fiber for spinning) somewhere in this house.

Maybe I will see if I can figure that out. I am not sure how my wheel will like it, but since I am intent on learning spinning “by guess and by gosh,” I will look for that hankie and see if I can give it a try. Even if I do a good job, I have no idea how many yards I might get. I am OK with it not working out, but now is the time to try new things.

I am also working on a felted bowl pattern that I hope will be complete and ready to go tomorrow, January 2. I have a lot of bowls knit but not felted. The pattern is basically done but has no photos. Hey, even selfish knitting times need to be alternated with work!

I’ll get you a photo of the bowls as soooooooon as I can. For now, I’m offering you a photo of socks I knit for myself in January 2004, which I still wear every week.

So what about you guys? What new creative project are you starting this week? If you want to send me photos to: Lynn AT ColorJoy DOTcom I will post them here. Or just send me a link to your blog and I will tell folks here to go check it out.