Here's a little behind the scenes with some of our knitalong planning:
We love to see what knitters put together for color.
Sue wants to knit a steeked colorwork sweater in a fingering weight yarn . . . but we're not sure everyone else does - haha.
Worsted weight colorwork sweaters can end up being very warm (for hot flashes this isn't always the best . . .) DK weight sweaters seem to be a nice finished weight. We have many gorgeous DK weight yarns to inspire . . . Acadia, Alpaca Classic, Felted Tweed, Scout to name a few.
We've admired Jennifer Steingass patterns for a long time. Her Seachange is a gorgeous design! Floral with scallops - we adore it. We asked Wendy to whip up a partial sample which is a nice way to show off sweater construction to new or non-knitters (now that we are downtown and some curious folks venture into the shop).
And the Alaska Sweater from Camille Descoteaux is such a neat one too! We love our sample (knit by Jeanne Buckley) and it's also DK weight design, so it works as another option for our KAL plan.
So here we are! Remember, knitalongs don't have real deadlines, sweater knitting offers nice social/TV/podcast/audio book/music listening - knitting time when you're not working on the colorwork and counting sections. It's fun to be knitting a shared project but to be making it "your own" at the same time.
We officially begin on October 1st. Friday afternoons FriYAY social knitting at the shop will be a good chance to visit about issues you may be having with either sweater, but you can always get advice and assistance at other times if Fridays aren't great for you.
We're offering an optional private shopping & wine gathering with Linda & Sue if you'd like our undivided attention for color and yarn choices on Monday Sept. 20th. You could bring in some selections from your stash and see what works in the shop also!
Prize giveaways and a knitalong participation souvenir are on tap, like always!
We plan to have an official progress check-in time mid January; some will be finished, others will not! Cheers to sweater knitting, and thanks for reading along.
I am now at the beginning of the colorwork section of the Alaska sweater. I have never done color work before so this is a new thing for me. Wish me luck!