Friday, January 8, 2016

Episode 105 - Welcome 2016!

A new year, like a new project, can be filled with hope, expectation, and always uncertainty. As in life, we never know if that mistake we made back on the foundation row will come back later to bite. Maybe it will be a small insignificant purl in a sea of knit stitches. Or we might find ourselves unraveling hours of work to start anew, with a better base, a stronger beginning.

Our annual Self-Indulgent Knit-a-long, #SIKAL2016 is about beginnings. Taking that special yarn, that special pattern, perhaps something new, perhaps something that has been in stash, and crafting and creating something that brings us happiness. Maybe it is the process, maybe it is the promise of the finished object, but we all craft because on some level, we enjoy the journey.

My challenge to you, is to knit that too-precious yarn, take a chance on that pattern you've been stalking, and especially to wear and use your knitted objects and garments. Don't hide your carefully crafted items away, afraid to let them out in the world. Wear them with pride! Use those crafted objects daily! I believe the joy we find in crafting only increases with the use or giving of the object. 

Whatever the new year brings, we hope your stitches flow flawlessly together, creating the beautiful fabric of your life.


What are we wearing?
Ease by Alicia Plummer
Sharlene's Ease
Malabrigo Rios
This yarn was originally knit into Sharlene's Red Riding Hood Jacket
Traveller Tunic by Joji Locatelli
Gayle's Traveling Tunic

What are we stalking?
Mason Jar Bear Cosy by Patricia Castillo
Thursday Special by Elena Nodel
Starshower Shawl by Hillary Smith Callis
Sharlene's Fresh from the Cauldron yarn
Arabella by Ann McCauley
Gayle's stashed tosh merino light
Spectrum by Joji Locatelli
Gayle's tosh lace
Lilli Pilli by Ambah O'Brien

What are we knitting?
Big Old Coat by Joji Locatelli
Sharlene's Big Old Coat
Times Square by Norah Gaughan
Gayle's Times Square
Beaverslide Dry Goods 2-ply
Gayle is knitting a test knit for Yelena Dasher
Adama by Hillary Smith Callis
Malabrigo Rios in Teal Feather

What have we finished?
Koala cup cozy by Alexandra Davidoff
Sharlene's Koala cup cozy
cup cozy 2
cup cozy 3
cup cozy 4
cup cozy 5
cup cozy 6
Rose City Rollers by Mara Catherine Bryner
Nakahi Shawl by Francoise Danoy
Longfellow by Michele Wang
Gayle's Log Cabin blanket 
Sport Weight Toe-Up Socks by Wendy Johnson
Faerie's Firelight by Jen Sheelen
Gayle's Firelight

Our annual self-indulgent KAL is happening now!
Please use hashtags #SIKAL2016 and #yarniacs for all your social media needs.

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