Just KAL me

I am so far behind that I’m probably in another time zone.  That said, I’m going to push forward and ignore everything missed in the last three (egads) weeks, and start over.  Childish, perhaps, but also sensible when my desk looks like an archaeological dig.

By now, you’re probably familiar with our Fashionknitsta’s lastest knit-along, the Draper KAL.  If not, here’s a quick rundown:

WHAT: Draper by Sara Morris, released by Shibui Knits

WHEN: February 1, 2011 – February 28, 2011

WHERE: Here, ravelry, & facebook (choose your knitwork*!)

In the spirit of the KAL, I stole Lindsay’s Draper to share her progress:

Lindsay's Draper - progress
Lindsay’s Draper, knit with Tosh Pashmina in “Forestry”
I believe she is was deeply entrenched in the first tier of lace.  Sources in the field have just informed me that she ripped out last night, making this progress photo deceptive at best.  Oh, well.  That’s where she was yesterday afternoon.If you want to join the fun, several of us are knitting the pattern – in a variety of yarns – and we’d love it if you joined us in the discussion on ravelry.  I’ll try and corral everyone’s wips next week for a group shot…

Moving on, we have Oleya’s Honey Cowl:

Oleya's Honey Cowl - progress
Honey Cowl by Madelinetosh, knit with Madelinetosh DK in “Composition Book Grey”
The Honey Cowl is a free pattern available on Madelinetosh’s website that is a great 1 to 2 skein project for those gems of Tosh we all stash and then don’t know for what purpose.  It’s super-cute and I’m betting Oleya’s going to love hers when it’s done.

Then, in terms of staff progress, we have my Shadow:

Sara's Shadow - progress
Shadow from Shibui Heichi, knit with Heichi in ‘Canal’
I’m almost (so close!) to the armhole shaping.  And loving it, strangely enough.  I thought the miles of Seed stitch would drive me to the edge of madness, but I’m really just chugging along.  Which might be the madness in another form.  Because, really, who loves Seed stitch?Right.
Lastly, we have a bit of an update for all our devoted Nancy Bush students.
Nancy Bush during “An Overture to Estonian Lace”, hosted by Knit Purl

For the many of you who were disappointed last week by the sudden cancellation of Nancy’s classes & book signing, we’d like to inform you that Nancy is doing well and in excellent health.  She had to rush home for a family emergency, but is looking forward to visiting Portland again in the next couple of months.  If you were in one of the cancelled classes, you will be first in line for the rescheduled classes and we will contact you with the details once we’ve confirmed the dates.

Until then, I’ll leave you with a couple of teasers from her “An Overture to Estonian Lace” workshop:

L to R: Shetland lace as compared to Estonian lace pieces
L to R: two traditional Estonian lace patterns, “Lily of the Valley” and “Twig”

Until next time, why don’t you KAL with us?

*That phrase is going to catch on even if I have to use it in everything, darn it.

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February 10, 2011 by Sara M
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