Friday, August 19, 2011

Through the Looking Glass KAL with The Unique Sheep & Knit Picky

One of our wonderful LYSs (Local Yarn Shop) Knit Picky is hosting a KAL (Knit ALong) using fabulous yarns hand-dyed by a couple of Indi Dyers known as The Unique Sheep.  One of these talented ladies began her career here in Winston-Salem.  Her color sensabilities are sublime and her production of high quality yarns is most reliable.  They have brilliantly created a line of hand dyed yarns in which a gradual color progression is dyed into the yarn... you select the set of skeins (4-6 in the set) which take you across the colorway, including value changes sometimes... no fuss, no muss.  The biggest decisions you have to make are: which fabulous set will you choose; then which of the the range of values will you use at the beginning of your projects, and finally, how many blended rows (if any) to use between the skeins.  Easy peasy.
Here is photo of the beginnings of my gauge swatch with the full range of the gradients:

The KAL kick off party was last night... and as always with those gals, it was fun with fab food, door prizes, and celebration.  We are all making a shawl... with or without beads and or nupps.  Here's photo of project from Ravelry: Janine Le Cras's pattern 

How many hours do I have in a day?  I really need more than others have since I have tons of interests, and am not fast in execution.... Still, it was great to see all these wonderful folks again.  I am looking forward to our gatherings... (every other week to keep us on track for pre-Christmas finish.) 

Have a great week-end!  I know I'm going to be stitching..... applique (Hop To It), sewing (Sew Original's Civil War fabrics Block of the Month) and Knit Picky's KAL (Through the Looking Glass.)  for breathers I better get out in the yard & tame the weeds!

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