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have your CAKE and knit it too!

Fruitcake, Yorkshire Christmas Cake … it just seems appropriate to be thinking about cake during December, no?

Well, this knitter has CAKE (Worsted) on her mind, for all sorts of good reasons! So many of us are loving on the softness of Merino right now – she’s the Queen of Wool for many good reasons, right? Tina’s sourced some supremely fine, squishy and scrumptious Merino for the CAKE range of yarns at Blue Moon. (Mmm… sponge cake!)

No, but seriously: once the crunch of holiday gift-knitting frenzy is behind us, wouldn’t it be nice to sit down on the couch and curl up with a generous serving of 560 yards of 100% Merino? … all you’d need is a little whipped cream on the side. (And a 15% off coupon code for your order! Scroll down so you can cut-and-paste that into your next Blue Moon order.)

So while you’re wrapping up and shipping the generous gifts of your labors this holiday season, let yourself dream a little about what you’d like to cast on in January for some ‘selfish’ knitting time. I’ll get your imagination going, shall I?

56538002237__2E871293-4A6F-409F-93AC-EC0C26A4CE08Rosicrucian Scarf by Jocelyn Tunney poured off my needles recently – and I can’t wait to bundle up in it! Honestly, some of the most fun you can have as a knitter is putting together three colors to make a project. (Remember the Color Affection craze?)

Tina’s been having fun with a few of you already, helping you put glorious colors together for this beauty. Check out Jocelyn’s original set of colors: mustard and teal and deep navy, oh my! We both chose to do our beginning triangles in the darkest color of the three, then aimed for a ‘pop’ stripe before heading into the MC.53F-3_small2

Check out my project notes on Ravelry about how I made the most of that skein of Everyday Grey for the MC – I couldn’t do the full set of garter ridges called for in the pattern without a second skein of the MC, so I did a bit of weighing and figgerin’. (If you’d like some help with your own when the time comes, send me a message on Ravelry if my notes aren’t making sense to ya.)

Cool thing about this project is that it leaves you room for more! There’s plenty of yardage left over of your first and second colors (Deep Unrelenting Grey and Snowflake from mine) to do some more fun accessories! I’m plotting a Turn a Square hat to go with mine, and who knows? I’ll probably have enough left over to crank out an 1898 Hat as well.

But wait! My hands always get cold on morning walks; maybe I want to make sure I have enough CAKE to make a pair of Colourblock Mittens to round out my all-grey ensemble. (Yup. Definitely do.)


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But let’s say your ambitions for Selfish Knitting Season are broader … more epic in scope! You’re thinking SWEATER. Something meaty to really stick your needles into and hunker down for a few weeks. Personally, I can’t think of a more enjoyable way to spend the long evenings of January and February than a sweater’s-worth of knitting with CAKE Worsted. (Except perhaps the glorious joy of swanning around Madrona Fiber Arts or Stitches West in February wearing said sweater!)

IMG_6285_medium2What about “Ease” by Alicia Plummer to whet your appetite for winter knitting? The glorious fine softness of Merino deserves to be cushioned right up around your neck in the cowl-neck version, and the plump stitch definition will show off the wide bands of ribbing beautifully. Or, if you live in warmer climates, there’s a beautiful ballet-neck option as well!

Timber1_small2Or let’s say you’re dreaming of snuggling into a cardigan. Shannon Cook’s “Timber” has all the hallmarks of a true classic: clean lines combined with interesting details (plus it looks fantastic with a pair of boots!).

Some of us really want to relax into some gorgeous textured stitches to cleanse our palates, in which case you deserve to treat yourself to “Keera” by Isabell Kraemer. That beautiful lace detail running down the back will keep you engaged and entertained all through the long evenings of winter, and warm after that! detail3keera_2_medium2

Your appetite for CAKE now having been thoroughly whetted, here’s your coupon code so you can order it up and have it at the ready for a post-holiday selfish cast-on party!

for 15% off CAKE Worsted, use code selfknitcare
(good until December 7th, so don’t dither over colors too long!)