June Artyarns KAL
June 19, 2015
This month I decided to participate in the Artyarns group KAL on Ravelry. KAL stands for Knit Along. I think it has been at least six months or more since I did a KAL and decided that the Stepping Stones Shawl pattern was a great summer knitting project.
The yarn used in this knitting project is called Merino Cloud from Artyarns. I bought mine from Fabulous Yarns. I actually bought 3 colors – the shawl takes one skein. The color I am using for the shawl in the photos is called Antique Ivories. I thought it was a good neutral and would go with a lot of things. The yarn is super soft and a joy to knit with.
Above is my progress so far on part 2. There are 3 parts to the pattern and when you complete one Iris, the designer of the pattern and the yarn, emails you the next part. I will say that the pattern is fairly simple if you are familiar with knitting lace and are an intermediate knitter. There is optional short row shaping, which I am doing, and that does require knowing how to wrap and turn. The short row shaping was one part I kind of messed up on my first try so I had to start over again this past Sunday. Now that I am doing that part correctly I am pleased with the shawl so far.
If you are interested in joining the KAL check out the Artyarns group on Ravelry. There are lots of people knitting this shawl and it is fun to see the different colors of the yarn being used and everyone’s progress in the group. Also, for me the KAL keeps me motivated to get the project done in a timely manner.
I have also recently completed a few other projects, crochet and knitting, but haven’t found time to post about them yet. Hopefully I will get around to that in the next couple of weeks. The kids are out of school for the summer and days are filled with summer activities and having friends over. Also, one of my son’s had his wisdom teeth out this past week so we have been dealing with that and dental appointments. Thankfully his recovery has gone well, much better than mine did when I had it done over 25 years ago.
What crochet or knitting projects are you currently working on? Let me know in the comments.
Also, before I sign off I want to mention that Craftsy is having a big summer sale this weekend only, June 19-21. 2015. Note – this is an affiliate link and I get a small commission from Craftsy if you go through the link below. Now is the time to stock up on supplies or try a class while they are on sale!
Have a great weekend!
KAL for Circular Perspectives Cowl
September 24, 2014
KAL – stands for Knit Along. I think I have mentioned that before but just wanted to let anyone know who might not be familiar with it. I just finished this cowl that was part a KAL from the Mountain Colors yarn group on Ravelry. I really like how it turned out.
The yarn used to knit this cowl was from Mountain Colors – Crazyfoot yarn – and came in a kit with the five different colors. The cowl is knit on size US 6 circular knitting needles and is knit in the round so there is no seaming.
The above photo is of the yarn and how it comes packaged in the kit with the colors in the order to use. I ordered two kits as I liked both of the color combinations and I will be giving this finished one away as a Christmas gift – so glad to have something finished super early this year. I knit this project on my new Chiaogoo knitting needles. This was my first time using this brand of bamboo needles and I love them. They are very pointed for bamboo. I got the small size interchangeable kit so there are sizes 2 through size 8.
You can see how nicely the colors transition and how pretty the stitch is in the above photo. This pattern looks complicated but I thought it was pretty simple to follow as long as you used markers in between the repeats in the pattern. I would think that if you are an intermediate knitter you can knit this cowl. It was also simple enough to do while watching TV or Netflix. The pattern can be found on Ravelry at this link: Circular Perspectives Cowl
The cowl can also be worn long, in a single layer. I am looking forward to knitting the other one in the blue-teal colors but I am going to have to wait as I need to finish up a couple of other things I have on needles or a crochet hook.
Fall and Winter seem to be the time of year for me to really get into a crochet and knitting mood. Are you working on any new crochet or knitting projects? Tell me about them by clicking on Leave a Reply.
Have a great day!
Lace Tee Knitting Project
September 17, 2014
The lace tonal tee that I was working on for a KAL with the Artyarns group on Ravelry is complete. I actually have had it done for a few weeks but had to block it – which I did last week and I wore it to church this past Sunday. Also, it has been too hot here to wear it until this past weekend when it really cooled down here in Texas.
I am really proud of knitting this lace tee – sweater. I believe this is one of the most intricate lace projects I have ever done. The whole sweater is knit on circular knitting needles and knit in the round so there is no seaming . The project was part of a KAL – knit along – in a group on Ravelry for Aryarns. I think the only way to get the pattern right now is to do the KAL. The link to the KAL is: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/lace-tonal-tee-knitalong
The above photo gives you a close up view of the lace pattern. The pattern is suppose to have more of a sleeve with the diamond border but I ran out of yarn and hated to have to order one more skein just for a few more rows. So, I just finished the sleeve with a round of knit and then the bind off for a small cap sleeve. I think it turned out fine.
The Regal Silk yarn from Artyarns that this is made with is a lovely yarn to knit with. The project is actually suppose to be knit with various skeins in a tonal color scheme but I already had this color in Parrot so I decide to just use it. Also, less weaving in of ends after the project is done since I didn’t do all of the color changes.
I plan to knit another one of these in the future. I think I will make it a little shorter though and not do an extra round of the middle diamonds as called for in the pattern. This is more of a tunic length for me. Also, I learned that the 100 percent silk yarn is very stretchy. Since this was my first time using this yarn or making this type of sweater I didn’t realize it was going to “grow” as you put it on. That’s okay though. I like how it looked with my tiered skirt that I made a few months ago and I think it will also look great with some leggings in one of the colors.
I hope everyone is having a good week. I am currently working on some new crochet and knitting pattern designs. Fall is in the air here in Texas and scarf, shawl and sweater season is soon to be here.