I hope you all had a great New Year’s Weekend! Any resolutions made? Mine is going to include this (one of our signs from Lily and Val):
That means more creative time. More time for knitting, sewing, quilting, and all of those fun things that are good for the soul. And we have a lot of fun new things planned to help you do just that this year!
One of those things is our Loopy Monthly Mixer. Each month we’ll give you a challenge project idea and we hope you jump in with us! We intend to keep it loose so that you have lots of flexibility on choosing something you would love to make (Because? See above – do more of what makes you happy!). But even keeping it loose, it’s always fun to be sharing ideas, support, and fun with other Monthly Mixer participants. And it’s nice to have some accountability for getting projects done this year. We have loved seeing what you all have been ordering for this month’s mixer, and I have already changed my mind on what yarn I am using because of it. I thought I’d share some ideas, for those of you who haven’t decided yet.
January Monthly Mixer Project: Pick a pattern or yarn base or yarn colorway or fabric line that begins with a P (Yay, Pluto! We don’t care if you are now called a dwarf planet. You’ll always be important to us.). You can make anything you’d like out of any weight of yarn or any size of fabric and there are no deadlines. But of course we’ll have another Monthly Mixer Challenge for you in February!
Note – only one thing needs to represent the P in this project. So you can knit a pattern with a P out of colors that do not begin with a P. Or you can pick a color that begins with a P and choose a pattern that does not. Or pick a yarn base with a P, and then any color or pattern you’d like. Here are some ideas:
Yarn bases that begin with a P: Cascade Ultra Pima, Ultra Pima Paints, Into the Whirled Pakokku and Pakokku Kettle-Dyed, Loopy’s Paintbox, Madelinetosh Pashmina, Shibui Pebble, Universal Bamboo Pop, Wollmeise Pure, and Yarns of Rhichard Devrieze Peppino.
Knitting patterns that begin with a P (thanks to the helpful Monthly Mixer thread on Rav): Penchant, Peak’s Island Hood, Pucker, Pamuya, Pointelle, Pathways Fingerless Mitts, Phellogen, Parasol, Paraphernalia, Paved, Pembrokeshire Pathways, Paris Toujours, Persephone’s Return, Pebble Beach Shawl, Paragon Socks, Peasy, PB&W, Pretty Basic, Pillars, College Park Cowl, Pyroclastic, Pisco Punch, Pisum, Peipponen, Pleat Up, and Phoebe’s Mouse. (Lots more ideas over there – these are just a few!)
Yarn colorways that begin with a P: Well – lots. Just click on the different yarn bases we have and scroll down to the P’s in the color names!
Fabric lines that begin with a P: Andover Modern Plaids, Patch, and Polar Bear Kids, Art Gallery Fabrics Prisma Elements, Birch Picnic Whimsy, Cloud 9 Picture Pie, Moda 30’s Playtime and 30’s Playtime 2015, Block Party, Front Porch, Passport, Piecemakers, Potluck, Prairie, Printemps, Monaluna Urban Patch, Riley Blake Pieces of Hope 2, and anything by Tula Pink.
Fabric projects that begin with a P: Pillows, pillowcases, pincushions, potholders, placemats, and anything made with Precuts!
Be sure to leave us an order note that you are Mixing it Up with us this month. We’ll be drawing one person to win their Project yarn or fabric for free at the end of this week! (You can also use stash yarn. If you’re intending to upload a photo to our Monthly Mixer gallery, just be sure that it’s a yarn that we carry here.)
Pop over to our Monthly Mixer group on Ravelry for more ideas and to share progress.
I was going to make myself finish a pair of socks that are on the needles first, but you know what? Forget that. I’m jumping in with my P project now. 🙂