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!

4 thoughts on “First KALs of a brand new year!

  1. Bonny

    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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