|"Here We Go..." Participants of the Piper's Journey KAL post their materials.|
I listen to podcasts as I knit as a substitute for being in the company of other knitters. My opportunities to join other knitters is never frequent enough; I enjoy our local knit night at the Charlestown branch of Boston Public Library, or the Friday gathering at Stitch House, my LYS. Being in the company of other knitters inspires me and directs me in my search for new projects to make or techniques to learn. The camaraderie and kinship is important too. I enjoy listening to a variety of podcasts and I am always on the lookout for a new one.
|Melissa of Single Handed Knits|
|My idea of perfect, knitting, sand in my toes, waves lapping at the shore line and a fire, mmmmm....|
I reveled in my first viewing of Melissa's podcast which was filled with raw energy, positive attitude, a breeze blowing about, palm trees and backgrounds of mountains ranges, words like "stoked" and "Mahalo". And her projects! In the post when she showed her Piper's Journey Shawl, I knew I had to have the pattern.
|Melissa's first Piper's Journey|
|The winner got one skein when she chose this project for Melissa to make with |
Studio June Yarn Star Struck, it had been lingering in stash.
|Buttons to die for, Melissa Jean Hand Knit Design|
Just last week she kicked off the Piper's Journey KAL, which will run for a month, and she has broken the project down into do-able bits, with a reward for the first to finish. Paula Emmons-Fuessle, the designer, moderates the forum page and helps anyone with questions.
Single Handed Knits will be doing two swap events for members of the SHK group. The first involves agreeing to some old fashioned correspondence with someone Melissa matches you with. Over the next few months you will be encouraged to communicate often and get to know your swap partner. Melissa has suggested we exchange through snail mail, either letters or postcards, and thus get to know one another. Later on in the swap, little goodies will be collected for your partner, and finally one knitted item will be mutually decided upon, (but kept a surprise) before the swap comes to a close in October. It is expected that each member will spend between $35 and $45 for this swap.
If that amount is too much for your current yarn expenditures, Melissa is also sponsoring a Mini Skein Swap and you can use what you have in stash, provided you send out yarn as good as you would hope to receive. Details here. (You must join the Single Handed Knits group to be eligible).
There is so much happening in this little slice of knitting reality, I urge you to visit her blog, give her podcast a listen and see if her infectious and genuine voice appeals to you.
Are you still with me? Did you just skim the pictures? That's fine, I know I take a long time getting to my point, but this is the impetus for this post. Here is my Piper's Journey in Madelinetosh DK, color, Baltic.
|Piper's Journey in Madelinetosh Baltic|
So Aloha, Mahalo, and happy knitting. Please come and join us at Single Handed Knits! Also, I want to extend my appreciation to Melissa for permission to use her extensive collection of great photos! Thanks!!!!!