Monday, August 1, 2011

Westknits Earth & Sky KAL - Day 1!

What?  August is here already?  I feel a bit like Rip Van Winkle...minus the laziness and beard worthy of ZZ Top.  I have no idea where the summer went, but being a lover of all things woolen, I start preparing for fall right about now - which is what makes the first-ever Westknits KAL so perfectly timed! 

If you're a little late to the party, here are the details:

Stephen West, knitwear-designing powerhouse, has created another exciting shawl pattern and is releasing it in the form of weekly clues sent to everyone who has purchased the Ravelry download (it should also be noted that anyone who purchases the download during the month of August will get the pattern for $4, and once the KAL is over the pattern will be $6!).  Today the first clue was released and hundreds (thousands?) of Westknits fans are casting on.

Me?  I'm not much of a joiner - I've done a few non-mystery KALs with mixed results in terms of my actual participation/finishing within the constraints of the KAL rules.  The one mystery KAL I participated in a few years back, I ended up not finishing because I just wasn't into the pattern.  However, I think Mr. West is a pretty safe bet, and I'm willing to give this whole Mystery KAL thing another crack!

Bonus:  great way to destash - here I've selected three skeins from my sock yarn bin.  The silvery color is from The Cocoa Beach Yarn Company - it's not terribly soft yarn, but it is a superwash wool/nylon blend and I do like the silvery-grey color (it's apparently some special Harry Potter color - but I wouldn't know, being that I'm one of 20 people in the world who hasn't read the books or seen the movies).  The other two are from my days at Lorna's Laces - the multicolor is one of the color options I created for Jimmy Beans Wool many moons ago (they eventually went for a different version which became January 2008 Ice Storm) and I'm sure you recognize good 'ol 24ns Navy - that's nearly half a skein leftover from a previous project!

Can't wait to see how this turns out - rest assured, I will keep you posted!

1 comment:

  1. I feel the same way, I was pretty industrious in July but it whipped by me.