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On the Seventh Day of Christmas: Preparations Made for Two Brand New Adventures - a KAL and a CAL
Submitted by Pam on Wed, 01/01/2014 - 21:36
On the Seventh Day of Christmas: I spent a couple lovely hours getting my self organized and set up for two brand new "Alongs"!
One basket holds yarns and hook for crocheting Snowflakes (patterns to be selected from "100 Snowflakes to Crochet" by Caitlin Sainio). Martine at I MAKE has just today made the official Snowflake CAL announcement here and here! And here is the link to the Snowflake CAL on Ravelry.
To be honest (and maybe too blunt), without Martine's encouragement, I would never have considered crocheting even one of these snowflakes! I have the book but was put off by the fact that they are crocheted using a 1.90 hook and size 10 crochet thread. Being a wool girl at heart, I have never particularly cared for cotton thread crochet.
And then Martine shared that her snowflakes are crocheted using a 2.5 hook and fingerling yarn. I was HOOKED!!! Totally!
You can see above my first rounds toward completing 'Droxtal' - one of the two suggested patterns for January.
And then there is the sad saga of my unfinished second sock - languishing in the deep dark recesses of my UFO storage bin.
While knitting this pair of socks, intriguing knit and crochet patterns for toys of all kinds from brilliant designers beckoned insistently and finally succeeded in influencing me to lay aside my unfinished sock and began a journey into fiber toy land!!
Sarah's announcement this morning that she is starting a new KAL - Socks with Sarah - is just exactly what I need to get me back on track! Not only do I have this lovely pair of Grain Stitch Socks (pattern from "How to Knit Socks" by Edie Eckman) to complete, but I have more fabulicious sock yarn waiting patiently in my "skeins of yarns for socks" drawer!
What appeals to me about Sarah's KAL is that it is unstructured! No specific sock patterns, no timelines or expectations. The only "guideline" - knit sock stitches every day - for five minutes or 5 hours!! And then share from time to time here on Sarah's thread on her brand new Ravelry site! Read more details here on her blog KNITTINGSARAH!!
And for those of you wanting a bit of structure and direction - Sarah's got that covered too!
I hope some of you will join me in 2014 making snowflakes and socks!