Spoil Yourself: Little Luxuries for You

Crocheters love to make things for other people—friends, family, or charities. I'd say that for every project I make for myself, I make five or six projects for someone else. And with the holiday season fast approaching and several friends getting married and having babies, I've gone into overdrive with crochet projects. When browsing through patterns, I see the perfect pattern for my mom, my brother, my grandmother, or my best friend's soon-to-arrive baby boy.

But sometimes it's important to treat yourself to a crocheted project that's just for you.  And if you select a small project, you can indulge in a more luxurious yarn.  We all need a touch of pizzazz in our lives.


One of my own special projects a couple of years ago was the Emerald Scarf; with a name like Emerald, this scarf says luxury even before you crochet the first stitch. This was a perfect travel project, and the delicate pattern was the start of several crochet conversations as I crocheted the beautiful lamb's wool (a treasured partial skein of Jade Sapphire Lacey Lamb). Working with the elegant pattern and butter-soft wool caused the hours of meetings and a trip to see my family to breeze by.


A pair of beautifully crafted socks will always add a spring to your step. Give your own feet a special gift—the Adirondack socks with their lively color-changing yarn (Universal Yarn Bamboo Sock) and delicate shell pattern will bring a smile to your face whenever you wear them.


The richness of the 100% alpaca called for in the Tatiana Pullover makes it an elegant and luxurious "gift to self." The lacy pattern and ribbed hem make it a perfect crossover garment you can wear with jeans or dress up with a skirt.


I have one pair of Orchard Mitts already. My only complaint is that I only have one pair. I need a pair for the office, a pair for my coat, and a pair for my car. These mitts are super quick to crochet and make a great one-skein project. Whip them up in a solid color or choose a beautiful variegated yarn.

So I propose a plan for spoiling ourselves. Dive into your yarn stash or visit your local yarn store and pick a special skein or ball of yarn. Don't be afraid to play with cashmeres, merinos, and baby soft wools. Both silk and bamboo also have an amazing sheen. Or pick your favorite color, something that makes youMalabrigo smile. After perusing my stash, I found a skein of Malabrigo worsted in a medley of my favorite colors, earthy blues, pinks, greens and browns. I'm going to transform it into-you guessed it—the Orchard Mitts.

So grab that special skein of yarn, your favorite crochet hook, and join us on the forums; we'll encourage each other in a bit of self-pampering.

Best wishes,

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