First KALs of a brand new year!

I typically post a spotlight on patterns on Wednesday but today I thought I’d post about my projects that I will be casting on this week for two KALs I’m participating in, as well as a SAL (spin-along)/KAL.   For me this year will be a lot of fun as I’m looking forward to stash busting and plan to start matching items in my Raverly queue and favorites with yarn on hand.  This is a large undertaking for me but it must be done!

I was so pleased that I actually finished up my pair of Nutkins from the December KAL for the Year of Stash Socks Group yesterday morning.  It took me a month, but I can now wear a brand new pair of socks!  I particularly liked this project as I learned how to knit short-row heels.    Ladies, if you haven’t tried this, it’s really not that hard and in my humble opinion, the heel actually fits my foot better than the traditional heel with a gusset.  I strongly recommend reading Laura Chau’s Short-Row Heel Tutorial.  It’s super easy to read and follow.

Nutkins - Knitted using At Knits End Yarn

I have chosen to knit the Cable Lagoon by Kris Carlson for the January KAL in the Year of Stash Socks Group using my stash of Liberty’s Yarn Sockenstein in a soft lilac.  So, this months KAL will be a challenge as I will be learning how to knit toe-up and will again be doing a short-row heel. 

Attention Sock Knitters, I have a question:  For those of you who knit toe-up, what is your favorite “how-to” website, tutorial or YouTube Video?  I would love to know, so please leave a comment.

Liberty's Yarn Sockenstein - Lilac

I’m also participating in the 12 Shawls in 2012 Group and plan to cast on a design that I’ve been itching to knit for ages, Cobble by Kitman Figueroa using my stash yarn,Punta Yarns Merisock Hand Painted in colorway HP53 , a mix of soft desert colors.

Punta Yarns Merisock Hand Painted Yarn

Lastly, I’m also spinning for a shawl in the Spin a Shawl Group and joined the Designer SKAL that started January 1st and ends on February 29th.  The pattern for this SAL/KAL is Fialature by Chrissy Prange.   I will need to spin  300 – 500 yards of worsted weight for this project and haven’t quite decided on my fiber yet, but I’m leaning towards my fiber stash of Black Trillium’s BFL  in Columbia .  If I have time, I may also participate in the SAL/KAL that started January 1st and ends March and spin for one of my favorite “no purl” patterns,  Carol’s Clever Little Shawl.

Black Trillium BFL Roving - Colorway Columbia

If I have absolutely no WIPs after all these, which mostly likely will not be the case, but you never know, I would love to knit a second 198 yds. of Heaven by Christy Verity for the dozen shawls in 20dozen group.

Until next time, happy knitting, crocheting, spinning and crafting!

About Tina

I admit that I am a yarnaholic, fiberholic kind of gal who loves knitting, spinning and crafting in general! When I’m not knitting, I’m enjoying my time with my wonderful husband and our spunky little dog Sparkles. I love learning new things, meeting people who share my joy and passion for the fiber arts, and sharing with others. For me, blogging has given me the opportunity to nit only share my adventures, but my ups and downs, my projects, my goals and so much more.
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4 Responses to First KALs of a brand new year!

  1. Anne Marie says:

    This is how I learned. LOVE toe up. http://www.cometosilver.com/socks/2mlsocks_start.htm

  2. Bonny says:

    These are all beautiful projects! You are certainly ambitious to try and do all you listed.

    For myself, I could never commit to knitting 12 of anything, I think I’d probablly go nuts!

    Good Luck!

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