A Playful Day: Autumn/Winter KALs to get excited about
Kate from A Playful Day joins us in her next post to keep us in the loop with some of the Knit-A-Longs going on in the knitting world.
It was somewhere between snapping on the heating the other morning and tucking my daughter into handwarmers that I realised it was time to get serious about my knitting again. September means the launch of knit season and there’s some great Knit-A-Longs getting going to help motivate you too. If you’re the kind of person who is always tempted to cast on but never finish or feel a bit unsure of a particular pattern, Knit-A-Longs (KALs) are the perfect opportunity to work along with the support of others.
Here’s a quick round up of a few tempting me this September….
Something a little gentle:
#Knitsharelove with Clare Devine finishes at the end of this month but focusses on casting on and supporting each other in getting some knitting achieved. Clare’s patterns include a sock collection for adults and children, shawls and some super speedy hats. I’ve already made one Lapsang and am planning another in something subdued for Autumn. My choice would be Rowan Purelife – chunky undyed 100% British wool and some seriously fluffy pom poms to match. You can find more of Clare’s patterns here.
Shown here in Shetland Moorit and Mid Brown Jacob, Pom Poms by Toft.
Booknits has just begun Lacefest and it’s a love letter to all things feminine and delicate. The KAL includes the latest shawl release Bouquets and Buttonholes which is a shawl for a special occasion. The original calls for a silk and wool blend but I’d be tempted to make this a little more Autumnal with BC Garn’s Semilla Extra Fino. I’ve knit one laceweight shawl already and found it surprisingly warm draped around my shoulders so am tempted to use 100% wool to make a shawl that works all year round. BooKnits has lots of patterns on LoveKnitting.
Something to celebrate:
Woolly Wormhead will have been blogging TEN YEARS this September and to celebrate has released ‘Tucked’, a hat with an interesting story. Woolly Wormhead is a self-confessed Hat Architect and Tucked has been intriguing her fans since the first sneak peak a few months ago. This is a KAL that encourages you to learn as this hat is packed with plenty of technique and Woolly is just the person to guide you through it along with her amazing Ravelry group members. You can find details here and as for yarn, I’m tempted to grab this skein of Vivacious DK in from my stash for this one. You can get 15% off the yarns for the KAL at LoveKnitting by entering the code WOOLLYKAL. Woolly recommends 2 skeins of either Fyberspates Vivacious DK or Madeline Tosh DK.
Shown here in SilverandBronze
Each new release of Pom Pom Quarterly sends me into squeals of delight so I’m thrilled that Pom Pom are hosting a KAL with prizes for entries before October 31st 2015. Ravellers can post any Pom Pom project from any issue or the blog that they have not entered before. See more info here. I’m in need of warm gloves so I’m tempted by Mandarine’s Woodland Mittens in Rowan Hemp Tweed. It’s a 75% Wool and 25% Hemp blend which makes for a really smooth feel in the ball- I’m intrigued!
Of course there’s so many others to be tempted by too: Tin Can Knits have an ongoing year of the sweater which is tempting on cold mornings; Joji Locatelli always has lots of inspiring knitters take part in her annual Fall KAL and then there’s the Crochet-A-Long! I was beyond tempted by The Crochet Project’s Acer Shawl, designed by Joanne Scrace. When I discovered they’ll be working with Love Crochet to host a Crochet-A-long I was even more tempted. They must have read my mind because would you just look at what landed on my desk along with all these yarns samples….
Cascade Heritage Silk shown in Italian Plum
Which KALs are you tempted by?
Join Kate next month where she’ll be diving into Wool Week, we can’t wait! See her latest post here.
Last updated: September 11th, 2015.