Sunday, September 20, 2015

Beautiful Beginnings

The Blue Peninsula Neckwear KAL is off to a a great start—lots of beautiful projects are on the needles. Everyone's making good progress, especially on Hop Brook, which is probably the most popular pattern in the KAL. 

I'm really enjoying seeing the range of colors being used—and the yarns, too. It's always instructive and inspiring to see how a design works with different yarns. Today I thought I'd share just a few of the KAL project photos, with links to the knitters' project pages. 

Jenny's using a tonal sock yarn, Knit Picks Stroll, which is working really well for her Hop Brook (shown against a backdrop of her own beautiful weaving):

Another Missouri knitter, Elisabeth, is also using sock yarn (Classic Elite's Alpaca Sox) for her Hop Brook:

Connie's Hop Brook is knit in Twin Canyon Fingering from Lost City Knits:

And Brennee's Hop Brook is knit in her own hand-dyed yarn (End of the Row Yarns), a blend of alpaca, silk, and linen:

Other patterns are seeing some love, too, among them Streusel, Shallows, and Conklaree.

For her Streusel, Ruth has chosen Handmaiden Fine Yarn Sea Silk in the orchid colorway:

Susan is using the Periwinkle Sheep yarn she won in the Hulst KAL this summer for her Shallows cowl:

(I have a soft spot in my heart for this beautiful Atlantic colorway. It's the same one I used for my Hulst socks.)

And for her Conklaree, Dana is aiming for a bigger, cozier wrap by using a worsted weight yarn—Cascade 220 Heathers in the Crushed Grape colorway:

This "Gallery of Beautiful Beginnings" is just a peek at the KAL projects—see more using the hashtag #bpnk2015 on Instagram or Ravelry.

Friday, October 2 will be "Free Pattern Friday." Throughout the day I'll randomly award free patterns to posts in the KAL discussion thread. All you have to do is post (as often as you wish). 

The Blue Peninsula Neckwear KAL continues through October 15, and you can join anytime. At the end, yarn and other great prizes will be awarded to finished projects in the FO thread. Hope to see you!

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