Friday, November 26, 2021, Issue 225: Happy Friday...What is on your needles?
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- By Susan Wong-Tsang
- Posted in advent, Gift Knitting, KAL, knit-along, November 2021, sweater weather
Can you believe it? There is 4 weeks or only 29 days until Christmas! Give the knitters and makers in your life (or yourself) the beautiful yarn or tools that will make them very happy! If you are a maker, what is on your Wish List?
Join in Ambah’s Festive KAL 2021! This is the fifth year of Ambah’s Festive KAL, 2021. Cast on November 28th! Choose any of Ambah’s current yarn Advent/Festive kit inspired designs and the 5 (or so) new designs coming in 2021, and join us over in the Ambah’s Festive KAL 2021 for festivities, fine company, lovely prizes and and general joy.
Wrap yourself in colour and luxury with Wrap It Real Good by Ambah O’Brien using a Koigu Winter or Summer (shown) Solstice Festive Mini Skein Set.
The addictive and easy to memorize lace pattern creates a light but warm fabric, perfect for dressing up a party outfit or party-of-one outfit. Wrap it real good can be knit in either DK weight yarn or fingering weight held double or a combination of both!
Pattern includes both written and charted instructions.
Top Edge: 67”/167.5 cm
Width: 17”/42.5 cm
Measurements taken after blocking.
DK (fingering weight held double)
C1-24: twenty-four mini skeins, each skein consisting of 40 (80) yd/37 (74) m.
Colours will be referred to as C1 through C24.
US 8/5 mm, or size required to obtain gauge
Optional stitch markers to mark Lace repeats, tapestry needle
18 sts and 30 rows = 4”/10 cm in Lace stitch, blocked
Gauge is not crucial for this project, but variations will affect yardage and final measurements.
Sample shown in Koigu, Jasmine (DK, 100% Merino Wool, 242 yd/221 m per 100g), C1-24: Summer Solstice Festive Mini Skein set.
Koigu Summer Solstice Jasmine Kits - 24 Demi Pencil Skeins of Jasmine.
Koigu Winter Solstice Jasmine Kits - 24 Demi Pencil Skeins of Jasmine.
The Kits include 24 x 25g (60 yds) or 1,440 yards for KAL patterns by Ambah O’Brien for the Solstice part of the Festive KAL.
The ADVENTuresome Wrap was designed with a Yarn Advent Calendar in mind to make the most of daily mini-skein gifts that appear. There are so many possibilities. Add colours in randomly, arrange your minis in a gradient fade, or keep it simple and use a single main colour instead. This is also a perfect way to use up all those leftover yarns hiding in your stash. Frequent colour changes in the lace and slip stitch sections make this knit addictive and will keep you wanting to knit on.
Top Edge: 81”/205.5 cm
Width: 16”/ 40.5 cm
Measurements taken after blocking.
MC: 400 yd/366 m
C1 - 24: 24 colour set, each skein consisting of 40 yd/37 m or 960 yd/878 m of a single colour.
Koigu Festive 25 Day Pencil Kits include 25 Demi Pencil skeins of KPPPM - 25 x 25g (87 yds) KPPPM (2175 yds). Pictured is the kit in Mica.
Pictured is the kit in Ammolite Rainbow.
Here is the ADVENTuresome Wrap by Ambah O’Brien that I knit! The main yarn is Ancient Arts Yarn Revival in A Midnight Clear and Koigu Advent Kit of 25 demi skeins in Mica.
This year participants may choose between all 18 of Ambah’s especially designed patterns to knit up during the KAL;
See the eligible Ambah’s Festive KAL 2021 patterns here.
This new Christmas collection from Ancient Arts Yarns has landed in the shop in Socknado! They photographed the November Colour of the Month Whoville 2.0 alongside its three complementary colours so you could see how they play together! The three colours include Christmas Tree, a delightful custom variegated green, Syrah by Moonlight (a nice Christmas bunting red with notes of Christmas cheer), and Cindy Lou Who, a cute pink inspired by a certain little Who who likes pink.
Holiday themed Timber Yarns Sock Twins always make beautiful striped socks!
The Wee Balaclava I am making one of my grandson’s has 3 of the 7 scales finished. I am taking my time, fitting in finishing along with my other projects! I used Berroco Vintage.
My Wrap It Real Good by Ambah O-Brien test knit for this year’s Festive KAL has 9 of the 24 colours finished. I can't wait until I can block it so that the lace opens up! I am using a Koigu Summer Solstice Kit.
I finished the body of my Stria by Andrea Mowry using a tubular bind off for the hem. I am working both sleeves at the same time on two small circular needles.
KNIT GROUP AND GALLERY
The newest Knit-Alongs are the Any Sweater / Shawl KAL and the Knit Any Project: our everlasting knit-along to encourage and support you to knit is running from September 1 to December 31, 2021. I will get a thread started soon!
Remember to post photos to the finished object (FO) thread when you finish a project during the Knit-Along so that you will be included in the next draw! We will also add the option of posting your finished project to Instagram using the #sue2knitskal so that I can find them!
Debbie (@love.knit.spin.weave) looks wonderfully cozy in this cowl knit using a self-striping Noro with a solid main colour. Above, she is styling how she wears it over her coat.
Kay (@kayrobbins) looking elegant in a brioche cowl!
Diane (@boujeeknits) and Michelina (@awandererandherwool) both look awesome in their matching Gaudi sweaters by Julie Knits in Paris during a surprise visit by Michelina! What a great coincidence to be wearing them at the same time!
Connie (knitnut246) finished her Lana Vest by Irene Lin. Yarn is Kelbourne Woolens Scout in Oatmeal Heather.
Nicole (@niknboj) has knit 3 of these! It’s her favourite go to sweater pattern - Floof by Skeindeer Knits. Yarn for alll 3 is Jamieson & Smith 2 Ply Jumper Weight held double with Drops Kid Silk.
Lise (Mattedcat) finished another darling Pixie Dust cardigan by Dani Sunshine, this one using Berroco Vintage DK in Chana Dal.
I love when we can see the finished being modeled! Here is Lise (Mattedcat)’s Rio Rene by Taiga Hilliard.
Rosemary’s first attempts at “his and hers” Norwegian knitting look amazing!
Jan finished these toques from a vintage Beehive book of winter accessories for her two great nephews aged 7 and 5 weeks. Yarns are Berroco Vintage and Navia Sock.
Elizabeth (@su11ysmom) finished Peony made from Ooh la la Mademoiselle Pong, an Alan Dart pattern using stash yarn. She will be helping out in a fundraiser.
I hadn’t planned on it but I ordered and received a restock of Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light!
Happy Friday, Happy Knitting, Crocheting and Crafting! Keep calm and keep on knitting and making!
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