The Costa Maya KAL has wrapped up, and now I’m experiencing that same bittersweet feeling of pride and loss that comes with the end of a wonderful experience. Not unlike the wrapping of a show when I was working in theater. Even though it’s a little sad to say goodbye to Costa Maya, I’m once again humbled and blown away by all of you and how much you’ve learned and grown. Also there are still plenty of KALers continuing to work on their lovely sweaters and rest assured, I’m still here to answer questions. Keep at it, I know you’ll love your finished sweaters!! My favorite part of the KAL aftermath is scrolling through the Ravelry group and reading the comments by the wonderful KALers, so I thought I’d share some with you!
Another Video KAL comes to an end and I’ll tell the truth, this one was special. Over 650 knitters joined in and the results have been truly amazing, Costa Maya was one of the most challenging things I’ve designed and wow, did these knitter’s rise to the challenge! Last month, I provided a sneek peek behind the design and now The KAL winners have been chosen and awarded!
If you are feeling inspired to try it, Costa Maya + 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 2500 amazing knitters let every first time sweater knitter know . . . they were not alone!
Now it’s time to discuss
Costa Maya KAL Final PRIZES
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!)
I’ll go first.
EDIT – The 2018 KAL is Harbor Springs. On sale in July, casts on in Sept.
In two weeks my newest Video KAL, Costa Maya will kick off and I’ll get to see all your work. I love seeing your progress with pictures online, but nothing beats meeting you all in person and seeing your projects.
So today, an ode to all the amazing knitters who have been kind enough to share your talents with me. I can’t WAIT to see what you come up with next!
If seeing the words, “Shaping Staying in Pattern” in a knitting pattern makes you want to:
b) throw up in your mouth a little
c) wad the pattern up on the floor and stamp on it right before you ceremoniously light it on fire
I’ve built a class just for you. It’s called “Shape Up!” and I’m coming to Yarnover in April!
Vogue Knitting Live is around the corner, and you could WIN a class package in the Vogue Knitting Live Chicago Raffle!
Join me in Chicago! I’m giving away one Second City Sampler Package featuring one class, one lecture and a 3-day Marketplace ticket, valued at $110. This prize is good for one year past issue.
and . . . EVERYONE who enters the raffle will be sent a promo code for 10% off my classes (or a class package), and a code for 50% off the market place just for entering the
Vogue Knitting Live Chicago Raffle
I’m getting ready for Costa Maya, my next Video KAL / Sweater class (filming like mad), and I’m crisscrossing the country, so I’m bound to be someplace near you! Leave me a comment if I’ll be seeing you.
Upcoming Spring Knitting Events
Welcome to Costa Maya Knit-Along (KAL)!
It’s time for the Spring Knit-Along!!! I am so excited to start another KAL on my Ravelry group. You asked for it, so you got it . . . A CARDIGAN!!! There will be tons of teaching and fun, prizes and a great garment! During the KAL period you get the full sweater class for just $1 over the price of the pattern!!! There will be HOURS of video tutorials, and modification documents to help you every step of the way.
Use Promo code: CostaKAL During the pre-sale period before Feb 26 and get 10% off!
After May 8 the pattern alone will be $8, the KAL – sweater class versions (with all the how tos, video tutorials, and modification notes) will be $14.
It was a busy fall / holiday season . . . not all finished, but hundreds of knitters picked up their pointy sticks a few months ago to begin another KAL / Sweater class, Rising Spades. In November we got to see what the knitters were up to. The KAL winners have been chosen and awarded!
If you are feeling inspired, Rising Spades KAL Sweater class + pattern comes with over 2 1/2 hours of video tutorials, all the sweater modifications and knitting how tos for only will be $14.00!!
Through it all, the help and support of every knitter on the Ravelry group was always there. Over 2100 amazing knitters let every first time sweater knitter know . . . they were not alone!
Now it’s time to discuss
Rising Spades KAL Final PRIZES
Last week clue #1 for the Rising Spades KAL / Sweater class hit the in box of 200 knitters. We’ve only just begun and there are new knitters joining us everyday!
Monday our first, of many, participation prizes will get awarded and of course, there are the grand prizes in December (and yes, one of them will be for a UFO!)
Knitters who join us before Dec 11 will still get 19 video tutorials (nearly 3 hours of filmed sweater instruction), all the sweater modifications and knitting how tos for just the price of the Rising Spades pattern – $8.00!! Let’s see how everyone’s doing.