I am participating in two KALs this month - both for cowl projects! Finally, I found the perfect way to combine my Mad Cowl Disease, Startitis, and new-found addiction to KALs into one perfect storm.
Both KALs involve patterns I've been ogling for quite some time. The Zuzu's Petals KAL was the perfect excuse for me to finally knit with Madelinetosh yarn. Yes, you read that correctly: up until this very point in time, with some eight-odd years of knitting under my belt, I HAVE NEVER PURCHASED, STASHED, OR KNIT WITH ANY MADELINETOSH YARNS. Even I don't know how that is possible, but alas, it is so.
Fortunately, it has also been remedied, as I cast on May first with a gorgeous skein of Tosh Sport in Cousteau. Here is a very early progress shot:
My second KAL cowl project is a lacy cowl design by Marly Bird using one of Bijou Basin Ranch's newest yarns, Seraphim. A hazard of my job is self-enabling, and I confess that this is a prime example of that very thing! I've never really knit with angora, but after seeing so many adorable puffballs recently at the Wisconsin Spin In, I was champing at the bit to cast on for the Fir Trees Cowl (follow the link for all the details, including info on how to get a free pattern with KAL yarn purchase). I'm not too far along, as you can see - and I've also made a few modifications to knit in the round, since I am averse to seaming. So far, so good, however. I'm looking forward to getting a lot more done this weekend!