I can’t believe we are almost finished with our 9th knit along, the Hudson Valley Cardi KAL! I am floored that over 540 knitters have participated. It thrills me to see all of your amazing projects! I hope you’ve enjoyed yourselves and picked up some new skills along the way. Prizes will be awarded any day, so make sure those project pages are set up!
Though the KAL is almost over, the fun doesn’t have to end. I have plenty of patterns to keep you knitting all the way into fall. Some of these patterns also come with full video instructions, making the process even more informative and engaging for you. I should also remind you that you might want to start thinking about knitting for the holiday season, but there are plenty of smaller items to think about for that!
I missed writing this one for Thanksgiving (as I did a few years ago), and this year I’m less interested in end of year resolutions as focusing on gratitude.
I’m grateful for so many things, for all of you first of all. The year has not been perfect, at times is was hard, at times wonderful. But through it all there was always yarn, knitting, sheep, friends, and all of you.
I know, I know. Your mind is probably filled with projects to knit and craft for your loved ones. But isn’t it just as important to think about good gift ideas that THEY can put on their shopping list for you? Or better yet, perhaps you should put something on your own list as a reward for a job well done in 2018. If you’re looking for a truly spectacular gift for yourself (or your fellow knitter), then keep reading, because I think I know what should be on your list.
The Importance of Yarn
If “clothes make the man (or woman),” then surely “yarn makes the sweater.”
There are times when the silhouette of a design comes first and then I go hunting for a yarn, and then there are the times when a special yarn is the start of my design. The moment I saw (and felt) Anzula’s For Better or Worsted I knew it would be the perfect yarn for my first (drum roll please) custom dyed SWEATER KIT!!!
Another Video KAL comes to an end and as always, I was amazed by the talented knitters! Over 525 knitters joined in and the results have been truly amazing. Harbor Springs was a result of requests for a looser fitting raglan pullover. I wrote about understanding ease, and checked in on how things were going after Clue #1, and now The KAL winners have been chosen and awarded!
If you are feeling inspired to try it, Harbor Springs + pattern comes with over 4 hours of video tutorials, all the sweater modifications and knitting how tos for only will be $15.00!!
Through it all, the help and support of every knitter on the Ravelry group was always there. Over 2900 amazing knitters let every first time sweater knitter know . . . they were not alone!
Never too late to jump into any sweater class, as the videos (embedded in the pattern) never expire, and the message boards stay live forever.
This month I was honored to be featured in the Vogue Knitting as one of the “Makers.” I wanted to create something really special so I designed the cable cardigan of my dreams. Later this month I’ll write about how I designed the cables, but for now it’s time to look at a special cast on. Meet the
Between the erratic weather (please no more snow!!) and this bum arm, I’ve got a major case of cabin fever. Fortunately, the warm weather is slowly making some headway and I’ve got PT exercises to get cracking on, so things are looking up. Thank goodness I’ve got lots to look forward to in the coming months, including the rest of the Costa Maya KAL (buy before May 8th to get the full version for only $9!) and lots teaching travel. To get you inspired for Spring and Summer knitting, here’s a collection of patterns to cast on as the mercury rises!
So, the Costa Maya KAL is in full swing, and I’ve gotta be honest… you guys are KILLING it!! I’m always so excited to pop on Ravelry and see how everyone’s projects are coming along. No pressure, but please update often, with this bum arm I’m living through vicarious knitting pleasure!!
The turnout for this KAL has been amazing, but just in case there are any of you lurking on the fence, let me sweeten the pot. I know that it’s always a risk to start a new pattern. It can be tough to visualize how the final will look and if it could be a good addition to your wardrobe or one of those sweaters you shove to the back of your closet. I tend to model for the KAL photos and while I’m fairly petite with a pear shape, I know there are lots of different body types and sizes out there. So today I’d like to show off Costa Maya’s versatility with the help of some of the lovely ladies at my shared office space! (Shout-out to Brooklyn Creative League!)