Monday, 13 September 2010


I love Knit Alongs (or for the Acronym-philes out there, KALs). I love them with my whole heart. I especially love the Knit Alongs in the beginning lace knitters group on Ravelry. No matter how many WIPs i have on the go, i seem to manage to get sucked into the current KAL, buying more yarn and casting on yet another project. I even bought new needles and a new book for this one. Very naughty.

I got dragged into this KAL with good reason. This year in the 100th anniversary of the birth of our knitting herione, Elizabeth Zimmerman and the KAL pattern is a commemorative shawl (tablecloth for me) based on the PI shawl technique from the Knitters Almanac called "Camping".

The construction is wonderful and the pattern beautiful. It's my first venture into knitting with laceweight and all is going well so far. I'm using the gorgrous Knit Picks Gloss Lace i got from Great British Yarns.

Most people in the KAL have opted to knit the half-circle version, but i had visions of this bright turquoise table cloth brightening up my living room and i fell for the full circle like i was sucker punched.

I'm now up to the 576 stitch round and the pattern is coming along slow but steady. The next section might just take until the end of September if i consider how slow the progress was on the slanting twigs section. The good news is that i reckon i'll have at least one skein of this gorgeous turquoise yarn left over. Enough to make a delightful little treat for myself.

I can't wait to finish this but i already feel like i'm cheating on my other WIPs. Jim's Kilt Hose are in the corner, looking at me with sorrowful eyes, and i never was one to resist some scottish charm. Looks like it's back to boring 5 x 1 rib tonight. Yay.


  1. Oh, my goodness, do I ever love the color! And you're right, it is a gorgeous pattern. I can see why everyone wants to do it!

  2. I'm in love with that color. I don't blame you for not wanting to go back to the socks.

  3. Oh! I'm not sure which I love more, the colour or that beautiful lace effect? Just gorgeous!

    And bless you're patience...!

  4. Ooh, can I be liking the colour just a little more please! Mmmmm. You are clever, honestly I'm rubbish at finishing a darned thing made with wool. Or a yarned thing made by fool, should I say.
    x x x

  5. Wow, that is coming out to be amazingly beautiful! It is one of my favorite colors too. Now I wish I had joined the KAL. Right now I seem to have way to many things top it off they are starting the October vote. Now I'm adding more to my que... :-)

  6. @Joyce

    I knoooowwwww, it's disturbing how quickly this month has gone. I still have about 32 rows of the willow leaves pattern to go and each round is taking about 50 minutes so I think I'm going to be knitting on this until Christmas :(


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