As you know, our lives have changed quite drastically recently, and the best and most effective thing we can do to play our part in the situation is to stay at home. And trust me, I know it’s hard, especially given just how social knitting can be. There are some ways you can stay productive and knit some positive feels into your project, though.
I know how much our community loves giving back to those in need, so if you’d like to give to others, I’ve put together this list of organizations that would gladly accept your knitting donations. Let’s put those needles to work! Every small act of goodwill can make a huge difference.
Have you noticed all of the lovely trees in bloom? The pretty, yellow daffodils? The weather has warmed up and I’m excited! I usually start designing my spring projects right after the holiday season so I can be ready to launch a spring KAL and have fun with all of you.
I love how spring presents the opportunity to work with lighter yarns and knit drapey fabric. Thankfully, we’ve got a nice range of quality yarns to work with as the weather warms up. If you’re joining me for the Palm Canyon KAL, you’ll love both yarn options suggested for the pattern.
I can’t wait to get started on this project with you all, our community is so supportive. Especially during this time of social isolation, it’ll be great to come together online and enjoy our love for knitting.
How many projects have you knit this past year? How many of them were gifts and how many were for yourself? Many of us spend a lot of time knitting gifts for our loved ones. We love to see their happy faces when receiving our projects. But as we exit the season of giving, it’s nice to enjoy a little “me time” and treat ourselves to projects just for ourselves. It’s a great way to reconnect with the joy of knitting for the sake of it.
That’s why I like to think of January as “Selfish Knitting Month.” It’s a reminder that you deserve a little something for your own enjoyment!
With that in mind, here are five patterns for inspiration:
Have you got your gifts ready for the holiday season? As a knitter, I enjoy sending my love by knitting gifts for my loved ones. It’s cozy and meaningful, and I also feel like I’m knitting my appreciation and good wishes with every stitch. I know that this time of year, a lot of knitters end up in the following situation: you think you’ve given yourself enough time to prepare, but when it comes down to it — you realize you’re running out of time! I know the feeling. To help you along, I’ve put together some quick knit projects that you’ve still got enough time to make.
I can’t believe we are almost finished with our 9th knit along, the Hudson Valley Cardi KAL! I am floored that over 540 knitters have participated. It thrills me to see all of your amazing projects! I hope you’ve enjoyed yourselves and picked up some new skills along the way. Prizes will be awarded any day, so make sure those project pages are set up!
Though the KAL is almost over, the fun doesn’t have to end. I have plenty of patterns to keep you knitting all the way into fall. Some of these patterns also come with full video instructions, making the process even more informative and engaging for you. I should also remind you that you might want to start thinking about knitting for the holiday season, but there are plenty of smaller items to think about for that!
I missed writing this one for Thanksgiving (as I did a few years ago), and this year I’m less interested in end of year resolutions as focusing on gratitude.
I’m grateful for so many things, for all of you first of all. The year has not been perfect, at times is was hard, at times wonderful. But through it all there was always yarn, knitting, sheep, friends, and all of you.
I know, I know. Your mind is probably filled with projects to knit and craft for your loved ones. But isn’t it just as important to think about good gift ideas that THEY can put on their shopping list for you? Or better yet, perhaps you should put something on your own list as a reward for a job well done in 2018. If you’re looking for a truly spectacular gift for yourself (or your fellow knitter), then keep reading, because I think I know what should be on your list.
The Importance of Yarn
If “clothes make the man (or woman),” then surely “yarn makes the sweater.”
There are times when the silhouette of a design comes first and then I go hunting for a yarn, and then there are the times when a special yarn is the start of my design. The moment I saw (and felt) Anzula’s For Better or Worsted I knew it would be the perfect yarn for my first (drum roll please) custom dyed SWEATER KIT!!!
Another Video KAL comes to an end and as always, I was amazed by the talented knitters! Over 525 knitters joined in and the results have been truly amazing. Harbor Springs was a result of requests for a looser fitting raglan pullover. I wrote about understanding ease, and checked in on how things were going after Clue #1, and now The KAL winners have been chosen and awarded!
If you are feeling inspired to try it, Harbor Springs + pattern comes with over 4 hours of video tutorials, all the sweater modifications and knitting how tos for only will be $15.00!!
Through it all, the help and support of every knitter on the Ravelry group was always there. Over 2900 amazing knitters let every first time sweater knitter know . . . they were not alone!
Never too late to jump into any sweater class, as the videos (embedded in the pattern) never expire, and the message boards stay live forever.