Friday, December 30, 2011

Knitting Horoscopes for 2012!

Greetings Fellow Knitters,
Herewith is your Knitting Horoscope for the New Year! One thing we can promise for ALL of you-- you'll be getting 2012 off to a MAGNIFICENT start with our Blowout First First Thursday of the Year Sale on January 5th. Stay tune for details!

Capricorn (Dec 22 – Jan 19)
Cappy the goat is known for patience, resourcefulness, setting big goals, and reaching them. But reaching these goals can, goat-style, require climbing the mountain slowly. Toward that end, you'll be taking on at least one or two projects this year that will require paying close attention and dedicating untold hours to getting things done. From start to finishing, hang in there-- that cable sweater or lace shawl is worth it!

Aquarius (Jan 20 – Feb 18)
The symbol for Aquarians is the water carrier, and those born under this sign are known to be a little kooky (in a good way of course), super-creative, and dreamy/floaty. 2012 is going to be a very colorful year for you Aquarians! Think hand-painted sock yarn, lots of Noro, and maybe even some Knit Collage yarn, too. Plan for a summer of water-carrying now: make a cool felted cozy for your favorite water bottle.

Pisces (Feb 19 – March 20)
Greetings my fishy Pisces friends. You fish are known to adapt well to whatever water you swim in. Sky's the limit for you in 2012. If you can dream it, you can knit it. Don't be surprised if you're drawn toward ocean blues and soothing greens as you explore your own possible sea of possibilities.

Aries (March 21 – April 19)
Once again it's time to put that hardheaded tenacity and incredible enthusiasm of yours to work in 2012. This is going to be a Super Classy year for you rams, by which we mean plan on signing up for lots of classes. Time to get out of your comfort zone and charge full speed ahead into cables, sweaters, spinning and maybe even some weaving!

Taurus (April 20 – May 20)
Feeling bullish about a new year of knitting, Taurus? You should be. Time to stampede into the shop and stock up on patterns. This could be the year you get so inspired you start creating your own designs. You'll need to study up a bit first, though. Figure on spending as much time in the book section of the shop as you do over on the yarn side.

Gemini (May 21 – June 20)
Geminis, symbolized by The Twins, will once again find themselves hard-pressed to knit just one of a project. This could find you, once again, knitting socks and gloves and other paired items. More likely though, you'll come across some patterns you love so much you'll just have to make two. Consider this an opportunity to test your color sense-- be playful with color combos. Try the first item in classic color schemes, then go wild with the second one. (We dare you to make a sweater in Manos Highlighter!)

Cancer (June 21 – July 22)
Cancer you kind and patient teacher, you. You spend so much time guiding others but this year it's time to teach yourself some new tricks. You've been hanging out in your knitting comfort zone for the past year or two. Now it's time to bust out of those boundaries and figure out how to move to the next level. If you're a beginning, why not try learning to turn a heel? If you're advanced, why not plan a trip to Scotland where you can take a workshop with some ancient master knitter?
Leo (July 23 – August 22)
Leo you are just going to ROAR into the new year. You'll want to start off with five projects at once and devour them-- such is your nature. This year, though, we challenge you to slow down, loll about, and just focus on one or two things at a time. We're seeing a lot of black and white for you, too-- could this be your love of zebras coming out in the new year? Possibly. Stalk down only what you need for a couple of projects, knock those out, then come on back in for stash building. We'll be waiting.

Virgo (August 23 – Sept 22)
Dear Controlling Virgo,
No big surprise here-- 2012 is going to find you downloading still more apps for your smartphone, apps to help you organize and reorganize your needles and your stash. But you can't knit on an iPhone, at least not yet. You'll need some actual tools to go along with your virtual tools. We see at least one set of interchangeable needles in your immediate future. They are self-organized so they're totally suited to your need for order. Last year you might've found yourself organizing your stash by color. This year, go crazy and come up with a new system-- by weight, by amount, by country. Sky's the limit!

Libra (Sept 23 – Oct 22)
Libra, don't ask us why but we are getting the feeling that this year might be the year you take up spinning. Probably has to do with the fact that it'll give you an opportunity to use the scale to weigh out your roving. And also, you can play with more weights as you learn to spin out that roving into different plies. Even if spinning isn't on your immediate horizon, there's a good chance you'll find yourself knitting with roving, using massive jumbo needles. Now that's a weighty experience. Fun, too!
Scorpio (Oct 23 – Nov 21)
Scorpions, you are going to really feel the sting of inspiration this year, and it's a sting that's going to last. You'll have a hard time keeping up with your own desire. You'll see projects you want to knit and you'll come up with plenty of ideas for your own knitted designs. Be sure to keep an ideas notebook close at hand to capture all these amazing ideas. You'll get through lots of them in 2012, but chances are good you'll have plenty leftover to ring in 2013, too!

Sagittarius (Nov 22 – December 21)
Mellow Sags,
Listen up-- we know you're easygoing and like to amble along. But this year, when you hear a little voice urging you to try out something big and bold, heed the call! Try knitting something super chunky, super bright, or both. You'll feel a big pull to knit in groups this year-- listen up to that, voice, too. Sure, you can still fit in plenty of alone knitting time, but think about signing up for classes and groups. Maybe you'll even start your own monthly Knit Night at your place. Who needs book club when you can be knitting with friends, right?

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