Though I failed to finish my Holla Knits KAL project for last month's event, I am pleased to say that I made some major progress on the Admiralty pillow - the second pillow piece is done! Blocking it gave me an opportunity to test out a new product from Knitter's Pride which I had seen at TNNA earlier this year and was anxiously awaiting:
These new Knit Blockers are the most ingenious blocking tool I think I've ever come across. Having spent a good 15-20 minutes blocking the first pillow side with a ton of T-pins, I found myself wondering where the Knit Blockers had been all my life....because using them to block the second side took UNDER FIVE MINUTES!
Needless to say, I am incredibly excited to bust them out whenever I happen to finish the Lory Shawl. I was really hoping this project would be done before the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival this coming weekend, but I am not sure that's a reasonable expectation at this point. However, I am reeeeeaaallly close to being done. It could be a photo finish!
The start of September (and the beginning of my favorite time of year) brought with it two more -alongs: the Spud & Chloe Chill Chaser KAL, and the annual FreshStitches Mystery CAL. I had been eyeing the Chill Chaser Cardigan pattern ever since it came out, and now that sweater weather is just around the corner, I can't resist joining in this two-month KAL. Plus, I love me a stockinette stitch sweater - I find I make a lot more progress since I can take the project just about anywhere and sneak in a few rows whenever I have down time. Check out how much progress I've made in just a few short days - almost 7" of stockinette stitch!
I also finished the first clue for the FreshStitches Mystery CAL, and I have absolutely no idea what it is so far. If you are wary of Mystery KALs or CALs (as I am), rest assured that this is a really good one to take a chance on.This is the third year I've participated, and I am pretty much always stumped til the end - but ALWAYS happy with the outcome!