un/selfish knitting

 

Time away from blogging has led me to discover new knitting challenges: knitting exclusively from stashed yarn AND knitting for others. Because challenges don’t happen very often, this called for a blog post on a calendar date that also doesn’t happen very often!

Reality finally sunk in, and I realized that I might be near SABLE (Stash Acquisition Beyond Life Expectancy).

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Yikes! 9 big totes plus 3 under-bed totes (and loose yarn on top of totes).

This, along with participating in a “Stash Down” Knit-A-Long, led me to become less selfish and to spread the knitting love to others. For the first two months of 2016, I finished 7 projects – with only three projects for myself! Four projects were surprise gifts, and one is waiting for the perfect recipient. I also have 2 WIPs that are surprises!

It has been extremely satisfying to find a “project / person match,” and then to give the finished item as a surprise. It was difficult at first to not hoard ALL THE YARN, but I am starting to get over that. (Except my Malabrigo yarn. No one touches that…..!)

So far, I made two hats for my nephew. One was a part of a KAL with the designer, and it was a great chance to use up leftovers.

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The Collina Hat pattern can be found on Ravelry. I used Knit Picks Swish Worsted.

The second hat included input from my nephew, specifically the colors and design. He LOVES it. 🙄

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This is his Dragons hat – he has been reading the Wings of Fire novel series, so this is a great match for his current interest. 🙂 Pattern is based on the free Red Dragon Chart!

I also finished two cowls:

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This is the 8th cowl I knit from the Collina Cowl pattern. I seriously love knitting it that much. This particular project ended up as a late Christmas gift.

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It probably looks like I live in a cave from my very poorly lit photos. Hey, I just call it real life. Also, this was the 10th Collina Cowl that I have knit….

Finally, I knit my sister some slipper socks while on vacation.

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This is an awesome free pattern, Simple House Slippers. I used two strands of different yarn held together.

I am almost done with a cardigan that I have owed my mom since last Mother’s Day (oops). I finished the knitting on February 28 and just have the seaming left!

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Hey! There is actually a sweater forming there! Pattern is Connie, available on Ravelry.

It’s been difficult to get over my selfish knitting hump, but I think I have reached the point of realizing the fun of surprising others with a gift that took so much time and thought.

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