Friday, June 16, 2017

Yarn Over, Yarn Over

The Yarn Over KAL in the Ravelry Blue Peninsula group is off to a great start. The focus is on lace for this "choose your own project" KAL—you can make any of my designs with yarn overs, everything from socks and sweaters, to scarves, cowls, shawls, or mitts. And there's still lots of time to cast on. This leisurely summer KAL continues through Sunday, July 30.

We already have a few finished projects, including a pair of Con Brio mitts, a beautiful Golden Valley shawl worked in two colors, and a Birchleaf cowl knit up in a gradient yarn. You can view all of them in the FO thread, and check out the prizes in the discussion thread.

I might cast on another pair of Plumtree socks for the KAL, but first I'm focusing on a new shawl design.

Shawl design in progress

Knit in a small-farm wool/mohair blend that I purchased at Rhinebeck last fall (Thelma & Louise from Wing and a Prayer Farm), this shawl will have the same kind of asymmetrical triangular shape as Notch. But, it's worked in the opposite direction—you cast on at the wide end and then decrease until only a few stitches remain. After the lace section, there's a transition to mostly garter stitch, which will make the project really zip along.

Shawl design in progress

More on the shawl later this summer. In the meantime, I hope you'll join us for the Yarn Over KAL. I started a fun "mini challenge" yesterday, asking folks to share photos of their WIPs with a pet. Here's Snickers, lounging next to me as I worked on the shawl the other evening:

Snickers and Lace

She looks pretty relaxed, doesn't she? I hope your weekend is just as relaxed, with plenty of knitting time!

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