Monday, October 5, 2015

All the -Alongs

Fall's arrival has given me major startitis, and in addition to the Broad Shoulders sweater KAL I'm leading now through December 13, I've been unable to resist several more -alongs which are taking place in October, such as.....

Weekend KAL
This is a freeform KAL happening now through October 30th, and participants can knit any project from Jen Geigley's Weekend for a chance to win a mystery prize (knowing Jen, it'll be totally awesome)! To me, this book is absolutely perfect for handspun yarn, and I've already picked out a few skeins from my stash to use this month. If you missed my review of this great new book, click here to get caught up. Then check out all of the KAL details here on Jen's website!  

This one's happening here in the Victorian Studio Podcast group on Ravelry, and it's another freeform KAL allowing participants to knit or crochet any toy project they like for a chance to win some great prizes! I have been accruing a backlog of toy projects I've been wanting to knit and crochet (including several past shipments of the FreshStitches Kit Club), so over the weekend, I gathered up some of the projects I hope to complete this month as part of the KAL: 

Miya Shawl KAL 
I'm joining Knitting Sarah to lead this low-pressure KAL over in the Bijou Basin Ranch Ravelry group. It starts on October 12 and runs through November 30, which is plenty of time to knit the Miya shawl - oh, and there are prizes, too! I'm pretty excited to knit with BBR's new 100% cashmere yarn, Xanadu - in fact, this is the first time I have knit with a cashmere (non-blend) yarn! The project takes just one skein and there is a coupon code for KAL participants to receive a discount on Xanadu yarn along with a free copy of the knitting pattern (click here for details in the BBR Ravelry group). 
And, of course, this is all in addition to Spinzilla, which starts TODAY! I have an ambitious pile of fiber to work through this week: tons of rolags, a few batts, and I'm also hoping to spin through a few pounds of various Louet fibers which I've earmarked for this year's event. Yes, spinning a crazy amount of yarn in a week's time (not to mention, plying them all after Spinzilla is over) simply isn't enough - I truly want to do ALL the things this month! 

Who's with me?!

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