My stash is dominated by very few colors and for sure green is the most popular one among them. Here’s just a tiny sneak peek :-)
I bought 6 skeins of this wonderful Artesano 4-ply Alpaca a couple of years ago. It was at the beginning of my knitting journey and that was the first 4-ply yarn I touched. I was shocked that yarn could me that thin. You can imagine my reaction when I held lace weight yarns later on :-) Artesanos are still untouched waiting to be changed into some nice cardigan…
I have only one skein of this gorgeous shade of Drops Lace. I guess I should make a shawl with it?
I don’t understand why Araucania Botany Lace isn’t as popular as Malabrigo. It has a really nice twist, doesn’t pill a lot and the solids they have in their offer now are just fabulous. Well, this one is not a solid color, but that mixture of greens and grays easily found its way to my stash. I’m still trying to decide whether it should be a pullover or a cardigan. What do you think?
Last two months were truly enjoyable for me not only because my family was finally able to go on holiday by the Baltic Sea, but also because I had pleasure to host Goldilocks KAL.
During the months of June and July a lot of fantastic knitters made their own Goldilocks. We could watch the WIP and FO pics pop up in the thread and every one of them was eye candy, so you can imagine how hard it was to pick only three winners.
One prize was really easy to decide on – Crowd Favorite (which means a project page with the biggest number of hearts). Monika Sirna, known on Ravelry as mdcim, stole the hearts of over 50 fellow knitters. She made her dress in my favorite Madelinetosh yarn Tosh Merino Light (color Vintage Sari). No wonder so many knitters “hearted” her Goldilocks. The dress, the scenery, the little model striking poses, everything is just perfect.
Second winner in Beauty Contest was chosen by my family and friends. Oh, that choice was so hard! There were so many projects picked by the judges that I decided to award runner-ups with some designs too. However, the person who unquestionably got the biggest number of faves was Natalia, known as Natknitz, with her Goldilocks. Just look at this little model! And the matching shoes! How cute is that?
Natalia used my second best yarn – Malabrigo Sock in color Tiziano Red, which a lot of people might consided too dark for a little lady. They would be so wrong, wouldn’t they?
Finally I had to pick My Personal Favorite. Oh geez! That was so hard as there were so many truly inspirational versions of that little dress. Some of them with fair-isle, some striped, some with regular sleeves instead of sleeve caps, but the moment I saw this cute little tee version, I just knew that this is it! Kristin, know as blogiete, added some wonderful finishing touches which made the design as if new. I admit the strings on the back totally won my heart!
Of course, there were many more beautiful versions of Goldilocks and you can see them all here.
This Kal wasn’t my first KAL as I used to have some in the past, but it was definitely the most educational one. Thanks to feedback received from girls I was able to simplify the instructions. Goldilocks is not a pattern for faint-hearted as a lot of things are happening from the very first row – contiguous saddle shoulder, different increases in every row, mock cables, sleeve caps and neck shaping… I mean a lot. Thankfully, at the end of this “dress journey” there is a cute FO!
I’d love to thank everyone for those magical two months. All participants and prize donators!
Do you also suffer from WIPitis? You will probably not find the name of this blahblah-itis in a dictionary as this is just what I call “a disease of too many WIPs”. :-) I definitelly suffer from a pretty acute form of WIPitis and one way to deal with it is a KAL. KALs make me actually finish WIPs and prevent me from the other disease which I call UFOsis. If you also suffer from any of those, I’d love you to join me in Knit-Alongs!
This month I’ve started Alecia Beth KAL.
It should be running until the end of September so if you’d like to join us, you can do it any time. During that time all participants will receive a 10% discount (more info is in my group) and as usual there are some yarn goodies, patterns and buttons to win.
You should also know that I’m not the only person running Alecia Beth KAL. If you speak German and would like to make your own cardigan, I strongly recommend joining Stephanie from MeinWollShop.de in her group.
There will be more KALs in the future. You can check them out in here.