Spoil Yourself: Little Luxuries for You

Oct 21, 2010

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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Emerald Scarf Crochet Pattern

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An ornate and stylish scarf for chilly spring days.


Adirondack Socks Crochet Pattern

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The variety of color and stitches make these socks extremely fun to make.


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DonnaP wrote
on Oct 21, 2010 8:53 AM

The Orchard Mitts are great, aren't they? I used the Malabrigo merino/silk blend for mine.

How many yards would you estimate that the Emerald Scarf takes? I'm sure it isn't the full 1,700 listed in the pattern!

Shellie2355 wrote
on Oct 21, 2010 9:19 AM

Toni, I just did that!!! My favorite on-line fabric store has started carrying high-end yarns and had a phenomenal sale on Rowan Cashsoft yarn (merino wool, acrylic and cashmere). I bought 8 skeins (for under $25) and am making myself the "New Lacy Tunic" pattern from Lion Brand's web site. This is so much fun and it's turning out beautiful and oh, soooo soft!

wllflwrgal wrote
on Oct 21, 2010 9:27 AM

When I want to indulge and make something for myself, I usually try to find a project pattern for something I can use around the house, i.e. afghans, pillows, and rugs. For my next project though, I think I'm ready to tackle a new handbag for myself. It will be my first!

on Oct 21, 2010 9:27 AM

Right now I am all about the cowl. I have made a couple for friends, and friends of friends but FINALLY started to work on one for myself. I don't know about you, but it takes me so much longer to complete a project for myself because I still get sidetracked with gifts. I definitely am going to add those Orchard Mitts to my ever growing list of projects.

AnneF wrote
on Oct 21, 2010 9:36 AM

For me the fun is in selecting the yarn & project and settling into my favorite comfy chair.  I rarely make anything for myself as most of my projects are gifts of love.  Currently I have several in various states of "UFO" but I must say one item is for me and it started out as a shrug but since beginning it I have lost so much weight I think I will turn it into a wrap instead :)  I am using 100% Alpaca yarn that I purchased directly from the animal's owner.  It is so soft!  

I guess I had better get back to work on it so I can put it to good use this winter.

AnneF wrote
on Oct 21, 2010 9:41 AM

I rarely make anything for myself.  I had begun working on a shrug for myself a while back (almost 3 yrs. ago now) but had been distracted with gifts so it sits waitng for me to get  back to it ... now that I think about it I will not turn it into a shrug at all ... I"ve lost a lot of weight since then and it will be a much prettier wrap for me to use.  It is 100% alpaca yarn purchased directly from the owner of the animals the fiber came from.  I think it's time I pull that project out of my UFO stash & finish it already :)   Once that is done I think the orchard mitts would be a perfect "for me" project to get underway :)

Beth Lee wrote
on Oct 21, 2010 10:37 AM

My friend and I make shawls for people in crisis - or those who've gotten good news - and their caregivers...we've found that people who are going through treatments are very sensitive and can become quite chilled, so our shawls (and hats) can help them feel warm and comforted.

My indulgence is buying yarn for these projects and to keep a large stash on hand...I have CYD, complusive yarn disorder!!

I feel very blessed to have the ability to do this for people/

Thank you,

Beth Lee

Parker, CO

outsiderose wrote
on Oct 21, 2010 11:01 AM

How do I spoil myself?????

When I get a coupon I go right to the store and by the prettiest, softest, best quality yarn they have to make myself a pair of arm warmers!

breadwoman wrote
on Oct 23, 2010 9:21 AM

I'm making a scarf for myself - the first time using the 'good stuff' - alpaca lace from a local flock. But if I don't get going on it, it will be summer before it's finished!

hickory wrote
on Oct 23, 2010 9:30 AM

I'm heading over to my LYS this morning to get some spiffy yarn for a lacy sweater for me - finally!  It calls for E Lavold Silky Wool, but I may upgrade if something else speaks to me.   Can't wait to get started on it, I have never made myself a sweater.  Also making myself a fun stole in Ella Rae Shibu.

HelenW@6 wrote
on Oct 23, 2010 9:34 AM

I like to indulge in warm in afghans and fun amigurumis.  I like to feed my yarn addiction with fabulous textures and challenging patterns.

atamsing wrote
on Oct 23, 2010 11:55 AM

I love them all, but especially the scarf. So feminine!

SherryC@9 wrote
on Oct 23, 2010 1:56 PM

I indulge myself by just going to the yarn store and petting the yarn.  I rarely make things for myself, but love to give things to others.  I just love the art of creating something beautiful.

SherryC@9 wrote
on Oct 23, 2010 1:57 PM

I indulge myself by just going to the yarn store and petting the yarn.  I rarely make things for myself, but love to give things to others.  I just love the art of creating something beautiful.

Toni Rexroat wrote
on Oct 25, 2010 8:59 AM

Congratulations Wllflwrgall! You are the randomly chosen winner of the pair of Grayson E. leather bag handles!