I want to host a Knit-A-Long. Everyone is invited to play. The finished object will be ANY shawl from Elann's free pattern section! If you've already begun one....great! Join the KAL and enjoy the cheers from your knitting peers. It may just motivate you to "git 'er done". And we'll have a beautiful gallery to display at the end. I'm looking to "officially" begin May 1 (but you may certainly jump right on it should the muse be with you!) and posting a weekly display of progress notes and finished objects through June 30. Many people are uncomfortable posting non-elann purchased yarn FOs over in the Elann.com chatroom, so if you fall into that category here's your chance to shine.A button will be created for your sidebar decorating pleasure. No rules as to type of fiber, it can be a new purchase or from stash or recycled or whatever. The only rule about this KAL will be that it has to be a shawl ( or your own interpretation of same) and should be knitted from a pattern (with your modifications as desired....you tweakers know who you are!) provided free at elann.com. Below is the current list of free shawl/wrap patterns. Should you opt to modify a scarf pattern....hey...who's to stop you. No matter what your experience level....or your tastes.....there is a shawl for you!
Current Elann.com free shawl patterns:
1) Pacific Waves Shawl-Danielle Miner
2) Luna Moth Shawl-Shui Kuen Kozinski
3) Adara Rainbow Shawl-Elann
4) Moonlight Sonata Shawl-Shui Kuen Kozinski
5) SunRay Shawl-Shui Kuen Kozinski
6) Chunky Highland Wool Wrap-Eileen Casey
7) Tapestry Wrap-Lisa Bennett
8) Stained Glass Wrap-Christine Pruitt
9) Twinkle Twinkle Little Star-Libby Grant
10) Rambling Leaves Shawl-Dee Smith
11) Bed of Roses Shawl-Debbie O'Neill
12) Delta Shawl-Carol Jackson
13) Garden Path Shawl-Shui Kuen Kozinski
14) Victoria Lace Shawl-Michelle Ciccarriello
15) Flower Petal Shawl-Elann
16) Peruvian Cuzco Wrap-Elann
17) Lace Shawl-Woolgathering Designs-Karen Conner
Now, this listing does NOT include ponchos, or patterns for which elann.com no longer carries yarn. The list also shows only ONE view of a pattern. Many patterns are shown in various fibers to allow the knitter a glimpse at "other options". I love that about elann.com. Go to their website and wander around a while if you've never. But be warned. It may begin or further enable a lifelong addiction.
Trish has made some loverly buttons for the shawl along. I've left an email query with Elann asking permission to use their name in the button. Buttons will be posted upon their reply. So far, there has been a ton of interest on the elann.com chatsite:
CBM plans the Luna in Filati Fantasia Cezanne, either in a Pink or Pale Straw
Grace plans the Luna in Peruvian Alpaca Atlantic Mist
Trish (button maker extrordinaire) plans the Luna in Peruvian Alpaca in a "purply something"
Theresa from Queens (hey...have you run into my wayward sister? she's a Queens girl too!) has made noises as if she has already begun a Luna in a "non-elann" mystery yarn....go T!
Bets plans to KAL when time and needle space allow
Mary (are you blogless Mary?) plans the Victorian Lace Shawl in an Aran weight
Jayne will plug along on her Moonlight Sonata (I'll have to recheck her previous blog posts for the yarn)
Svetlana plans a Luna in Elann Alpaca in Eggplant
Cate plans a Moonlight Sonata in Baby Silk or Baby Cashmere
and me....I'm going for the SunRay but I'm yet undecided on the yarn choice.
Hoping to add a gallery to the sidebar soon for WIPs and FOs! Some folks will likely finish their (first) KAL shawl before the actual start date. Their FO photos will prove inspiration for the rest of us.
Have a great knitterly day everyone.