Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Selfish Knitting Month



Last night I was browsing Ravelry forums when I came across a post about "Selfish Knitting Month". The concept is, all the presents are out, so January is a time to knit something for yourself. Makes sense, I thought I would join right in!

Joe gifted me a few different yarns for Christmas and I am slowly deciding what to do with each of them. For my 'selfish knitting' I started with the Ella Rae Latte. At first I was a little baffled by this yarn. The label lists the content fiber as: 30% baby alpaca, 30% milk fiber, and 40% microfiber. The yarn in single ply and so incredibly soft, but I was still interested in finding out what exactly 'milk fiber' is.


After doing some research, I learned a few interesting things about milk fiber. Milk yarn is made from milk protein fibers. You can read more about how milk fibers are derived from milk here. This website also claims that since milk fiber contains amino acids, it makes the fiber antifungal and antibacterial. Huh...who knew?


Anyway, back to the knitting.


Joe had purchased 5 balls of Ella Rae Latte in a beautiful orangish/pinkish/reddish color. Whatever color you call it, it seems to match well with my new mittens and I decided to make a complementary hat and cowl.


I had an idea in mind of what I wanted, but I couldn't really find a pattern to my exact specifications, so instead, I just put yarn on needles and started knitting. Result: slouchy hat and infinity cowl combo. I'm sure I will be living in these over the next couple months. Any selfish knitting for you?

19 comments:

  1. Hmmm, nope. I just made it up as I went. I wrote down what I did, so I may post it here. I just went and looked at the felicity hat... it does look very similar!

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  2. wow i love the cowl! please post these patterns! thanks!

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  3. Those are gorgeous! And yes, I am participating in Selfish Knitting Month. One hat and cowl down and a pair of gloves begun!

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  4. Both are beautiful - I love that color! I'll have to keep an eye out for milk fiber yarn. It sounds intriguing.

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  5. You look so festive! I adore the red with your white coat. I'm selfish knitting allll year!

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  6. Love the bright bold color, especially against the white of the snow and the coat! Can't wait to see the patterns!

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  7. Ahhh -- I've been unknowingly participating in selfish-knitting month with my "Selfish Red Vivian" -- the pattern is a gorgeous cabled hoodie cardigan by Ysolda Teague, published in last winter's Twist magazine. I've been dieing to make it for myself and after all that holiday knitting (including 5 pair of French Press slippers!) I bumped it to the top of my queue.

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  8. Melynda, those are so cute....it's like you just whipped them up in a couple hour...I didn't even know you were working on these. when did you find the time? Anyway, love them... I just made a breckenridge cowl for myself...yea! Amanda

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  9. soverybeautiful.x

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  10. Love the set! And what a great gift - I've never seen milk fibre before. So far, January is off to a selfish start - Gudrun Johnston's Moch Cardi for me!

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  11. How did you make the cowl? It looks great! I want one. Please give instructions; I'd love to make one. Thanks.

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  12. There was a time when January was *only* for me. This month I'm alternating others and myself, but that is working fine. I'm not working on a new pattern, which is the most stressful knitting I do. Just gifts and my own stuff. The business is focusing on admin. work rather than patterns.

    I'm knitting from Color by Kristin (Kristin Nicholas), her Mother-Daughter mittens. I'm doing mine "topless" but otherwise following her pretty much verbatim. I'm using 5 colors of yarn which makes me smile. The embroidery makes me particularly happy, haven't made French Knots in years!

    An on-the-needles (non-embroidered) photo is on my blog dated 1-13-10 at
    http://ColorJoy.com/weblog

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  13. Oh, lovely slouch to your hat. I will check back for the pattern/info.

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  14. It does make sense having a selfish knitter month. Though truth be told most of the year for me is selfish knitter month.

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  15. I'm fully participating in Selfish Knitting Month. Off the needles so far, one sweater, one hat, and one cowl! I just blogged about it actually :)

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  16. Love that color!! There won't be any knitting happening, but I hope to do a little bit of selfish weaving this semester :)

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  17. Um how cool is Joe for getting you such nice yarn?? Not too many guys would think of that... or would get such lovely, quality yarn. Kudos JB!

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  18. Thanks so much for the patterns! I've been wanting a cowl like that.
    Blessings,
    G

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