A few of my favorite things: January 2013
Happy New Year! Like every year, 2012 had its share of challenges, but overall it was very kind to me. It ended on some wonderful high notes, and I’m excited to see what the next year brings for my little family. I predict good things!
Thorn, by Bristol Ivy
This pattern tested my knitter willpower. Oh, how I love it. I bought the pattern immediately, picked the perfect yarn out of my stash, and now I’m finishing up other projects before I cast this on, which is SO HARD. Thorn is part of Brooklyn Tweed’s Wool People 4. You should give it a look.
Sprouts and swine, via Nom Nom Paleo
Bacon and Brussels sprouts, people. If I wasn’t actively trying to avoid dying of a heart attack at a young age I would eat this every day it’s so good.
Bartek, by Jesska Hoff
The Scientist would never wear this hat, which is a shame because he would look hot in it. Bartek is slouchy and cabley without being too fussy, and I don’t understand why it’s not more popular than it is because it’s a really great, classic men’s pattern.
Quentin Tarantino’s movies are not for everyone, and Django Unchained is unquestionably violent, profane and, at times, uncomfortable. The Scientist and I have been looking forward to this movie for months, and it did not disappoint. Inglorious Basterds is one of our favorite movies, and DU takes the same very basic premise (revenge movie set in an unequivocally immoral time), but this time the setting is the American South, pre-Civil War.
Brock, by Gudrun Johnston
Brock is one of the designs in Knit with Me, a new book by Gudrun Johnston. I chose it because I love the zig zag stitch on the yoke, but there are so many gorgeous patterns in this collection I could have substituted any one of them.
If bodily fluids gross you out, this may not be the technique for you, but I’m so sold on spit splicing that I never want to use superwash wool again (don’t worry, MadelineTosh. I totally will). How you do it:
Lay the two pieces of yarn you want to join next to each other in your hand. Spit onto the yarn and rub your hands together for a couple minutes, making sure to felt the two ends together solidly.
Voila! Two pieces of yarn have become one. I used this technique while I was knitting Mara and at the end only had two ends to weave in. If I hadn’t, I would have had 18 ends to deal with. Tell me that’s not worth spitting on yourself.
Grown-Up Cozy, by Justyna Lorkowska
After knitting Twenty Ten a couple years ago I’ve developed a soft spot for asymmetrical knits. I especially love the slanted pocket and back hem on this. Plus it’s designed to use bulky weight yarn, so it will be a fast knit!
Panic Knitting, via tinaseamonster
Knitting isn’t a hobby, it’s a preparation for the apocalypse. I figure that once the zombies take over, and manufacturing comes to a halt, the ability to make your own clothing will become a highly desirable skill.
Giveaway time! Leave a comment before 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, January 6, 2013 for a chance to win one of the patterns I talked about above. Please note that Brock is not included in this giveaway as it is only available in a book, not as a stand alone pattern. I’ll select a winner via random number generator. All you have to do is tell me your Ravelry name and which of the patterns is your favorite in your comment. Good luck!