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A few of my favorite things: January 2013

Thursday, 3 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.


Django Unchained

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.

Spit Splicing

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

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

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!

36 Comments leave one →
  1. Julia permalink
    Thursday, 3 January, 2013 7:41 am

    Could it be that I am the first to comment? Well Happy New Year! I hope 2013 is filled with good things for you and your family. I won’t lie, I’ve been eyeing Thorn myself.

    BangersAndMash (on Ravelry)

  2. Thursday, 3 January, 2013 8:56 am

    Happy new year! I enjoyed Inglourious Basterds so I have a feeling I’d enjoy Django, too.

    I reaaally want to knit Thorn. It’s taking all my willpower not to cast on!!

  3. Mom permalink
    Thursday, 3 January, 2013 9:04 am

    Love all these patterns and I know a certain brother of yours that would love the Bartek hat…He wears the other one you made all the time. Have to say, can’t wait for you to knit Thorn – beautiful!

  4. Thursday, 3 January, 2013 9:19 am

    Hi there – Love this post. I think giving a try to Grown Up Cozy would be fun!

    On Ravelry, I’m thekittyknitter.

    Happy New Year!

  5. Laura permalink
    Thursday, 3 January, 2013 10:30 am

    Spit splicing is fabulous! It makes me giggle every time, explaining what I’m doing. I love the cardigan, but I guess I would have to vote for Thorn. Every time Brooklyn Tweed releases a new collection, I want to knit it all! (culabrat on ravelry)

  6. Queen B permalink
    Thursday, 3 January, 2013 11:20 am

    I would love to knit bartek for my DH. Ravelry name: thao713

  7. Thursday, 3 January, 2013 11:24 am

    SPIT SPLICING 4-EVA! When I instruct my students at the LYS on this technique I tell them to just get the ends wet in the sink or something… but I also say that I usually just stick em in my mouth. So there are bodily-fluid-free ways to do it. But really who would bother when you have a perfectly good mouth handy at all times. Haha.

    Also, LOVE Barket. I’ve never seen that pattern, and you’re right! It’s great!

  8. Thursday, 3 January, 2013 11:39 am

    Mmmm, Brussels sprouts. My favorite winter veggie for the past two winters!

    Spit splicing is fabulous. I don’t tell gift recipients about it…in class I tell my students you can have a glass of water handy, but who ever really does that?

    Bartek: I think I could get DH to wear that, and he’s lost track of the other hat I knit for him…

    I’m pdxknitterati on Ravelry (and twitter, and everywhere!)

  9. Thursday, 3 January, 2013 11:53 am

    Ooo, giveaway! I love that Bartek hat pattern, too. I’m serafinapekkala on Ravelry!

  10. Pam Wood permalink
    Thursday, 3 January, 2013 12:33 pm

    I love the look of thorn and have a stash that needs to be used prior to getting more yarn,but there are so many beautiful yarns out there. Ravelry name is pgwood

  11. Jodi permalink
    Thursday, 3 January, 2013 1:19 pm

    Happy New Year to you! Thanks for sharing your wonderful blog with us 🙂 What a generous way to start 2013. I love the Thorn pattern. Definitely a must knit for 2013. I’m wwwknit on rav.

  12. Debra permalink
    Thursday, 3 January, 2013 2:26 pm

    I also have been coveting Thorn. My ravelry tag is: fowlervillesdeb

  13. Thursday, 3 January, 2013 2:47 pm

    Oooh I love that pullover! and a sweater in chunky yarn would be SO fast to knit. (caitling1212 on rav)

  14. Kate permalink
    Thursday, 3 January, 2013 4:03 pm

    My fave is the bartek! (katepricey on rav)

  15. Thursday, 3 January, 2013 4:04 pm

    I have to admit I haven’t noticed Bartek before, but I also think it should be more popular & would love to knit it. My rav id is juicyknits.

  16. Thursday, 3 January, 2013 8:44 pm

    I’ve loved spit splicing since I learned about it. 😉 Thorn looks like it would be warm and snuggly in the right yarn. Check out Smitten Kitchen for brussel sprout recipes. I’ve used a couple of hers to get myself into the whole brussel sprouts mode.

    Hope you and your little family have a great year!
    Ravelry – pnwbookgirl

  17. Thursday, 3 January, 2013 9:21 pm

    I’m in agreement. Bartek should be more popular. It’s a great looking hat on an equally good looking model.

    • Erin permalink
      Thursday, 3 January, 2013 10:24 pm

      Brock stood out to me too in that lovely collection but i love that hat! I always look forward to reading your favorite things post – thanks (Rav name is cosmosisknits)

  18. Thursday, 3 January, 2013 11:35 pm

    I’m sinnomen1977 on raverly (and everywhere else!!!) and I think Thorn looks nice!

  19. Caroline aka FiberTribe permalink
    Thursday, 3 January, 2013 11:37 pm

    Lovely offer, thanks. All of the patterns are on my short list!

  20. Friday, 4 January, 2013 3:32 am

    Hi Kate,
    have a joyful new year!
    Are the sprouts with bacon included in the giveaway?! Noooo? Oh what a pity!
    I would be glad to challenge myself with the thorn. Brooklyn Tweed’s project are so elegant.
    Viviana (Vivi3u on Ravelry)

  21. Kristin permalink
    Friday, 4 January, 2013 4:58 pm

    I spit slice every chance I get : ) I would love to knit Bartek for my 13 year old son.
    kristinsknits on Ravelfy

  22. Aimee permalink
    Friday, 4 January, 2013 8:46 pm

    Just knit the Scientist a Bartek hat and tell him to get over it, lol. It’s a great looking hat. (And don’t worry about entering me in the give away, I have more project than I can handle as it is.)

  23. Friday, 4 January, 2013 9:37 pm

    I really like Thorn, and I want you to know I have been a faithful reader of your blog for a couple of years now, and I really enjoy reading your posts. Rav name is crochetrenee. Thanks for doing a giveaway, and I hope you, the Scientist and Charlie have a great, exciting and happy New Year!

  24. Saturday, 5 January, 2013 9:08 am

    Bartek is smokin’. My rav handle is closertofine722. It’s hard to resist new beginnings, good for you for giving in to Thorn!

  25. Saturday, 5 January, 2013 9:52 am

    I ❤ spit splicing!! And thank you for mentioning Grown Up Cozy, love it!

  26. Anjanette permalink
    Saturday, 5 January, 2013 12:09 pm

    What a great collection! The brussels sprouts sound fabulous and I love the Knit With Me collection. I’m looking forward to seeing your progress on Thorn. It’s definitely going in my queue.

    explodingpinecone on rav.

  27. Saturday, 5 January, 2013 12:21 pm

    Awesome! That Grown Up Cozy pattern shore is nice 😉

  28. Juliane permalink
    Saturday, 5 January, 2013 6:38 pm

    I really love the Grown-Up Cozy! I faved and queued it in ravelry even before I knew of the giveaway… And I might even have the yarn for it. Thanks for the chance to win!
    Juliane (Llule on ravelry)

  29. Saturday, 5 January, 2013 7:47 pm

    Kate, I am a long time follower and missed reading while you were gone. But I love reading about your new life with Charlie and the Scientist.

  30. Penybro permalink
    Sunday, 6 January, 2013 3:39 am

    Brock, Brock, Brock, is just fabulous and so are the other knits from that collection. Love the blog. pennybro on ravelry

  31. Lynne Harlow permalink
    Sunday, 6 January, 2013 4:55 pm

    I like them all. Thorn has been on my wish list for a while though.

  32. Sunday, 6 January, 2013 7:11 pm

    Love the bartek!

  33. Sunday, 6 January, 2013 8:04 pm

    All of these patterns are fantastic. I think I would enjoy thorn the most and will likely knit it! Which yarn did you choose for the pattern?
    And in the spirit of sharing my favorite thing of 2012 I would have to say, hands down, it was the arrival of lillian. She is my favorite thing of 2012 and also gives me motivation to knit adorable tiny things!

  34. Aimee permalink
    Sunday, 6 January, 2013 8:18 pm

    Thorn is stunning! (TheNerdyKnitter)

  35. Sunday, 6 January, 2013 9:10 pm

    love the cable-y goodness of the hat, you’re right, not fussy at all. The bag is quite fun, and so true – knit or die!

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