My Fall KAL was a lot of fun – the knitters who participated make me feel so loved and surrounded with good company, so thank you to you all!
In order to be in the running to win the KAL, FO pictures needed to be posted by last Friday night and as there were only 2 knitters who posted, I want to send them both packages! Surprisingly, they knit the same pattern and I really love how both of them turned out.
rubyringz knit hers up in a similar bright color and would definitely add a cheerful element to any outfit or grey day:
I am really liking how electric colors are becoming a “thing” and a small pop of colorful accessory can really make an outfit. Have you knit anything bright lately? What do you think of the growing trend?
Thanks again to everyone who participated in the KAL!
I remembered why I enjoyed designing this shawl the first time around, it’s simple and fun to knit – perfect for TV knitting, car knitting, social knitting with a brew or two – it’s got just enough interest that you won’t get bored, not so much that you have to pay loads of attention, and it’s an FO fairly quickly!
I exchanged this one with the original being hosted at Yarn & Coffee, so I won’t see it much, but it’s in good hands!
I want to thank everyone who came out, I was expecting a small group – maybe just the students, even – but we had a great turnout and I’m so glad that so many knitters were able to come and ask their blocking questions!
Here you can see my basic blocking setup – my blocking mats (kids’ playmats), my safety pins, blocking wires (welding wires, really) and my spray bottle filled with water. An un-blocked Sweet Summer Rays lays on top of my blocking one, so you can see how much this shawl can grow with some aggressive blocking!
I love using the wires to block my straight edges, they keep the edges super clean and neat while also allowing me to save time by not using a jillion pins instead. These wires are also flexible enough that they’ll allow for blocking of curved edges too!
When I block things like this shawl, I pin first and spray with the water bottle second, then re-adjust the pins if necessary and play with the shaping until I’m perfectly happy with it. Many knitters will soak the knit first and that’s just fine, it’s only my preference to pin first and water second.
I’ve been making some progress on the Autumn Rays Shawl that I mentioned last week, things have been busy around these parts since I recently got a job outside of the house and I apologize for my absence!
I’m almost done with the textured rays portion and will be moving onto the short stockinette and then the lace!
Linking up with Tami, again! What are you working on this week?
This week I started a new project. That sweater I mentioned last week? On hold. For now. But not for long! I’m almost to the sleeve divide and I can’t wait to do that (mostly because I want to see how the top is fitting so far).
For those of you who’ve purchased the pattern or are thinking about it for a future project – I’ve updated the original version to hopefully make it clearer and easier to understand on which rows the increases are placed!
Linking up with Tami as usual! What are you working on this week? Something new? Something old?
First and foremost I want to thank everyone for participating and congratulate everyone who’s managed to finish their shawl, whether or not it was during the KAL period! (Hint: clicking any of the photos will take you to the Ravelry pages of the makers)
Special mention to NMStacey who got a late start and knit her hands off to get as close to finishing the shawl as she could before time was up!
The shawls in the KAL were all knit in awesome colors, some from Candy Skein and others not, but I really like how the textural differences really pop with different yarn choices
And now, the part I know everyone is interested in, the giveaway! According to the group thread, we had 10 participants who finished and posted pictures in the group before time was up, and the winner, chosen by Random.org, is:
Seeing the hat worked up in so many different color choices – raiders, classic, modern – they all look great and give the hat totally different a feel.
One of the hardest things to learn when taking on stranded knitting is learning how to float the yarn at the correct gauge. A little blocking really does wonders for a stranded work, but if your floats are too tight, no amount of blocking can work out the puckering that is likely to occur.
My next class will be based around my Sweet Summer Rays shawl and will give beginners a good shawl experience! It will take place on June 1st and 8th, from 1-4pm. If you’re in the area, call Yarn & Coffee to sign up!
As I’m sure you know that I’ve been working on a design with some Sweet Fingering yarn from Candy Skein. That design is now finished and we’d love to offer a KAL for it!
Sweet Summer is a small shawl that uses only 1 skein of Sweet Fingering (438 yds). It’s great for a first shawl project or something to use up those gorgeous single skeins you have in your stash. It features basic knit and purl stitches with simple increases and yarn overs. Textural changes reveal a graphic sun ray pattern branching into an easy lace border meant to mimic the way light and heat radiate from the sun’s surface.