|Wholehearted Shawl by Erika Floury|
In the first KAL, I joined Evelyn in the Wholehearted Shawl group. The pattern had been gifted to me by Evelyn and I found it to be relaxing, intuitive and beautiful. I made two shawls while in this KAL.
|My first Wholehearted in Cascade's Heritage Paint sock yarn.|
|Wholehearted II in Yarns on Stage Sweet Pea.|
|Picot bind off may take longer to do, but it adds a beautiful design element and allows for stretchy edging.|
KAL Number Two- Amari KAL.
I made two shawls from this pattern. It is an easy knit, though the border had me stymied until I properly read the directions and followed the order of operations parentheses rule.... (my strength does not lie in following directions the first, second or third time). Swearing, elevated blood pressure, and a tall glass of beer bring things into better focus... Oh you say you're like that too? Good to know I'm not alone!
I have really enjoyed the cheering and admiration of this KAL group on Ravelry which was nestled into the lap of Juniper Moon Farm aunties forum. What fun it was to view their projects, hear their success stories, and their enticement to friends who had not yet joined us.
|Amari I in yarn from Forest Greener's ebay store.|
|Amari II in Forest Greener's ebay store.|
KAL Number Three- Piper's Journey
I found this KAL during the time I became enthralled with a new podcaster out of Hawaii. Melissa, of Single handed Knits, started podcasting a short time ago, but she has such persuasive skills that my anticipation for Sundays has become like that for Christmas morning.... what surprises, gifts and excitement will she have in store for me as I tune in?
Melissa's Piper's Journey that she sported early on in the blog/podcast was inspiring and so beautiful that I immediately navigated to Paula Emons-Fuessle's Ravelry page and ordered the pattern. I was lucky to have some Madelinetosh in stash and got a quick start to this fun, relaxing and lovely pattern. I also learned a new technique while working on this; it is the first time I have done a knitted on lace border. I am currently stash diving for yarn for my second project with this pattern.
|Piper's Journey in Madelinetosh Baltic colorway.|
KAL Number Four- Jump For Fall.
Evelyn has tossed out a challenge for us to join her in her early steps into sewing and knitting some fall wardrobe items. She just got some beautiful Eco yarn at her LYS and she is casting on Jane Richmond's Oatmeal Pullover. Evelyn is venturing into constructed knit garments and hopes to have company as she navigates the pattern and the experience of starting and finishing a sweater. I want to be a part of this group for the incentive, encouragement, and camaraderie.
My plan is to make the Levenwick Sweater by Gudrun Johnston. I have gathered my materials, the yarn and pattern were purchased a while back, but I never got underway with the knitting. It is exciting to know I am part of a bigger group; I know I will be checking in on the progress of others, and it is the community of knitters that will help me to keep on task and see how far I can get with this.
Here are the beginnings of my project.
|The start of a new fall sweater, Cascade 220 Heathers..|
|Swatching saves time.|
Swatching for another sweater using deep stash.
|Swatching some deep stash to make Hannah Fettig's Effortless Cardigan.|
|The impetus for this KAL was a bumper sticker that said, I have a dog and I vote!|
Melissa of Single Handed Knits announced yesterday that there is a cool Sock the Vote KAL to begin soon. Go here to read up on the exciting "party" lines: Toe Up, Cuff Down, Undecided, or Green Party. The first three parties will require you to buy yarn from an indie dyer, the green party will require you to use yarn in the any shade of green. All party members are free to choose which ever sock pattern that fits the party line. Think on it. Join! We need you!
The event registration is opening up next week, and once the 75 slots are filled, that part of the KAL closes. If you buy yarn, it will be shipped in mid September cast on commences on October 1st and the deadline for completion is November 5, 2012 the day before we vote for president. Melissa has consoled those of us that don't want to hear more political lobbying that the topics will be related to knitting rather than Republican/Democratic/Independent platforms.