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2016 was a hard year. We lost a staggering number of creative and cultural icons, from Prince to David Bowie, Sonia Rykiel to Bill Cunningham. No matter which side of the political aisle you sat on, the slog up to the election felt, well, like a slog, and the aftermath wasn’t particularly any less a drag than the lead-up. 

But, as always, we knitters knit, knit, knit our way through it all. We cast on and built our bastions stitch by stitch, investing in the meditative act that remains a steadfast and reliable retreat from reality. With the holidays now behind us, chances are good that most gift knitting is done. You may still be weaving in ends on a promised present or two, but in all likelihood, you’re looking at the wide expanse of 2017 and mulling over what to make next.

As you consider options, String Yarns is here to remind you that you deserve something, too. Cast aside thoughts of knitting for your husband, best friend, sister or son, and instead turn inward. The knitting community notoriously calls it “selfish knitting,” but that makes it sound like a negative thing, and it isn’t. You’ve probably engaged in selfless knitting all season long. Let’s reclaim our queue. It’s not selfish knitting—it’s self-care.

There are so many ways to practice self-care. Cynthia likes to start the new year with something “fun and small, like a baby sweater, or one of our String hats.” After breaking the ice, she moves onto “a big, winter-long project. Something with interesting techniques and texture and/or color.” Whitney says she’s “always excited to start that first no-pressure project as soon as holiday knitting is finished.” She said, “January is usually when winter in NYC really starts, so this year I made a pair of socks for myself.” Whitney also believes in the power of a good massage—it’s a great way to soothe those muscles after “knitting overtime and traveling with luggage.”

In the interest of self-care, we think it’s time to cast on for you. You’ve earned it, and you deserve it. 

For the month of January, we’re offering the White Shadow Pullover in String Blossom for 20% off. We think it’s a spot-on selfish knit.

Firstly, String Blossom is a gorgeous, decadent blend of silk and cashmere. Soft and buoyant, it is a true pleasure to knit and wear. Secondly—and checking off one of Cynthia’s requirements—White Shadow features beguiling details and techniques that might be new to you. German short rows are employed to achieve the pretty scalloped hem. We’ve created a short, informative video for those interested in learning the technique. It’s easier than it seems! White Shadow’s simple rib design and thoughtful details make it a wonderful knit for the new year. However, if you’re aiming for something smaller first, we have something for you, too… 

Join our Hats Off! Knit-a-Long! Until January 16th, every String hat is available for 15% OFF! Join our Ravelry group discussion for all the details on the KAL, including information on the prizes and giveaways. You could win a copy of our upcoming Hats Off! e-book! A simple cashmere hat is a small, luxurious treat you can give yourself—a fast, fun knit you can start wearing right away. We have over 20 hats to choose from, so there’s definitely a String hat just for you.

One more bit about self-care, if you live in the tri-state area: this upcoming weekend is Vogue Knitting Live in New York City!

Treat yourself to a trip to the city to wander the VKLive Marketplace. String Yarns will have plenty of kits and specials for our booth visitors (we’ll be at booths 999/1001/1002), and Iris Schreier of Artyarns will be with us on Saturday from 1-4pm with her beautiful yarns and kits. If you’re in the city earlier in the week, be sure to attend our String After Dark event on Thursday, January 12th from 6-8pm. Special guests Sy Belohlavek, founder of June Cashmere, and Julie Conroy of Hania by Anya Cole, will be on hand. We’re serving light dinner with yarn tastings, raffle prizes, and more. RSVP now—you don’t want to miss it!

Will we see you at VKLive? Are you participating in our Hats Off! KAL? If so, which hat are you making? Let us know in the comments below! 

January 08, 2017

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