January is selfish knitting month: cast on with me!

After the frenzy of gift knitting (which I don’t do…), January is traditionally selfish knitting month. (And I’m using the term selfish in the most positive way: for your SELF!) What are you going to knit? Are you casting on something new, or trying to finish something already on the needles? I need to finish something to clear my needles before this.

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I’m planning to knit the Rose City Yarn Crawl Mystery KAL, so I can have this shawlette for myself. My original will be a sample somewhere for the next year, and I want one for me NOW. Will you be knitting along with me? You’re invited! Check out the RCYC group on Ravelry for ongoing details.

I’m also having a Thrumbelina KAL. If you were lucky enough to register for Lantern Moon’s April retreat, you’ll be knitting your own Thrumbelinas along with me before the retreat so you’ll have cozy toes when you go to Timberline Lodge. No kick off date yet; we’re working out details. But you don’t have to be going on this retreat to knit along. The more the merrier for the KAL, as far as I’m concerned. More thrums for everyone!


And I need to get started on a new design, due in March.

All three of these upcoming knits are fun, but technically for me they’re work, so they’re not really selfish knitting. What about something that’s just for me? I guess finishing the current knit is all about me (my own knit of my new shawl design debuting in February), so that counts. But I’m also dreaming of casting on Lempster from Knitty. While I’ve been dreaming, my friend Sarah has knit two of them! I received some gift cards to Twisted for Christmas, so they may kick start my Lempster. Am I crazy? Can I get all these knits done in a timely manner? There’s only one way to find out!

What’s your selfish knitting for January? If you need some inspiration, go look through the Doomsday Knits and Under 100 Knit Collection sets. And don’t forget, I’m having a giveaway of the Under 100 ebook. Leave a comment on the previous post to enter to win. Happy new year!

14 responses to “January is selfish knitting month: cast on with me!

  1. I’m pretty selfish all year long ……unless it comes to Wingspan. I’ve knit three of those and all three have been (or will be) gifted away.

  2. Still leaning towards making a Central Park Hoodie. Not sure if I want the hoodie part or not. I had the Thrumbelina’s in my queue to knit again, wasn’t sure if I would make for myself or gift them. I have some alpaca in my fiber stash that it might be fun to use.

    • I love my CPH. I hardly ever put the hood up, but I like the way it looks hanging back there. I should knit another one; mine is pretty pilly now!

      I started my next Thrumbelinas at Thrill of the Thrum class on Monday, but I’ll save the rest of the knitting for the KAL.


  3. I really want to make Lempster, too!!!

    • I’m afraid I can’t get to it right now; too many things on the knitting plate! Maybe I should just finish my Honey cardigan as this year’s sweater. I always start too late in the season and then don’t care when spring comes!


  4. Hello M, I am astounded by the spelling of Faire Aisle. I am English so know about the island of Fair ISLE and how Swedish knitting two colours in a row arrived there. I’d like you to tell us about Two colours in a row but knitting one colour and slipping the stitches in between, then returning to the beginning, (using a circular needle)to knit the slipped stitches omitted on the first row. This makes a dense fabric without much give.

    I wish you well in all you do. Rita Day

  5. Hi Michele I looking forward to the mystery knit along. I found yarn I want, but is only in skeins of 65g. Do you think I could get by with this? Or is it a definite 100g each? I don’t want to buy more than I need and don’t know if I should pick up 2 of each . Thanks for any feedback on this. Laura Sent via iPhone


    • Hi, Laura: So much depends on gauge and the kind of yarn (is it thicker/thinner than mine?). I used a single ply fingering weight yarn, 4 oz/120g/475 yards. I used 85g/335 yards of the MC, and 60g/240 yards of the CC. (Actually used a little less, but I round up!) You’d definitely need 2 65g skeins of your MC, and could *maybe* get away with one skein of the CC. Can you buy two of the CC and return one if you don’t open it? I always find that having an extra to return (or keep for something else) is way better than running out of yarn!


  6. If you’re looking for a fun and geeky KAL, my sister and I are starting a year long one tomorrow, making a double knitted blanket. http://wp.me/P30KHy-4v

  7. I’m knitting Granville, a cabled hoodie that’s nice enough for me to wear to work.

  8. Those thrumbelina slippers look so cozy. I made slippers for a few folks this year, but my feet are still cold. Maybe these will be my next selfish knitting project.
    Right now I don’t have a lot of bandwidth, so I’m knitting yards and yards of icord for some upcoming projects.