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KAL ANNOUNCEMENT: DOUBLE THE FUN KAL WITH EWE EWE YARNS!

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Did you know that Heather, the founder and owner of Ewe Ewe Yarns is my biffle IRL? Do you know what a "biffle" is? Don't worry, I didn't either when it was first announced that I was hers. Turns out it's an acronym, BFFL - best friends for life, converted into a word. Whatever the case, she's my beer-quaffing, yarn loving other half who introduced me to the wonderful world of knitwear design! 

And when your biffle hosts a poll to find out which of two amazing summer patterns people would like to knit in her yarn and the results come back DEAD EVEN, you go ahead and decide to help her host TWO CONCURRENT KALS!

DOUBLE THE FUN KAL PROJECTS!

Yeah baby, you read that right! The full details of the Double the Fun KAL can be found on Heather's blog but here's the general run-down:

THE SHIFT  BY ANDREA MOWRY AND  GUILDENSTERN  BY CORY ELLEN BOBERG

THE SHIFT BY ANDREA MOWRY AND GUILDENSTERN BY CORY ELLEN BOBERG

We're going to knit both of these amazing sport-weight projects at the same time. Heather will host The Shift cowl and I (Meaghan) will host the Guildenstern shirt. See the full schedule for each of the two KAL's below, then choose one or the other (or go wild and choose both) and let's have good time knitting along together! 

THE SHIFT - KAL DETAILS

The Shift is an asymmetrical triangle edge cowl. This is an accessible project for knitters of all skill levels. It's a little smaller and lighter for summer knitting and we'll be ready for cooler weather when it comes back. Heather has put together some kits in fun color combinations.

Techniques: We'll go over mosaic knitting, increasing, decreasing, and lots of other tips.

Pattern: The Shift by Andrea Mowry. Download on Ravelry >

Yarn: Ewe Ewe Yarns, Ewe So Sporty merino yarn, 145 yards. 2 balls of 3 colors needed.
Find a local yarn store to get your yarn. If you don't have a store nearby, check out color kits here or choose your own color combo on the yarn page

Needles: US 4 (3.5 mm) 24" circular knitting needles. (Note: The pattern calls for a size US 5 needle but knowing my Ewe So Sporty yarn we will be knitting on a smaller needle to reach the gauge the designer recommends.)

Hosted by: Heather

THE SHIFT - TIMELINE

Now: Choose your colors and purchase/order your yarn! Download the pattern on Ravelry >

Tuesday, July 17: Kickoff + Cast On! Start with the setup and work Section One.

Tuesday, July 24: Sections 2, 3, 4.

Tuesday, July 31: Sections 5, 6, 7.

Tuesday, August 7: Binding off and blocking.

Tuesday, August 14: Seaming and styling!


GUILDENSTERN - THE DETAILS

Guildenstern is a sweet striped top with an ombre color effect and split hem. The original pattern is knit flat but I will show you how to modify the design to knit this project in the round! Knitting a project like this in the round means it will go faster and we won't need to seam the sides. 

Techniques: Knitting in the round, jog-less stripes, increasing, checking gauge in the round, and more. 

Pattern: Guildenstern by Cory Ellen Boberg. Download on Ravelry >

Sizes: Finished size (at full bust): 30 (34, 38, 42, 46, 50, 54) inches.
To wear with 1-4” positive ease at full bust. Shown in 38" finished size, on 36" full bust.

Yarn: Ewe Ewe Yarns, Ewe So Sporty, 100% merino, 145 yards. 
Find a local yarn store to get your yarn. If you don't have a store nearby, check out color kits here or choose your own color combo on the yarn page.

Required Yardage:
Color A: (Black Licorice) - 150 (185, 205, 245, 275, 300, 345) yards, 2 (2, 2, 2, 2, 3, 3) balls
Color B: (Charcoal) - 180 (225, 250, 300, 340, 365, 420) yards, 2 (2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 3) balls
Color C: (Brushed Silver) - 180 (225, 250, 300, 340, 365, 420) yards, 2 (2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 3) balls
Color D: (Vanilla) - 130 (155, 175, 210, 235, 255, 295) yards, 1 (2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 3) balls

Needles: Size 3 US (3.25 mm) 32 - 40” (81 - 102 cm) circular needles
   Size 6 US (4 mm) 24 - 32” (61 - 81 cm) circular needles
   Size 3 US double-pointed needles
   or size to obtain correct gauge.

Supplies: Tapestry needle, one stitch marker, 4 locking stitch markers.

Gauge: 24 stitches and 32 rows / 4 inches (10 cm) in stockinette on larger needles, after blocking.
   Swatch using Color D.

GUILDENSTERN - THE TIMELINE

Now: Choose your colors and purchase/order your yarn! Download the pattern on Ravelry >

Thursday, July 19: Gauge swatch and cast on! Work the hems separately.

Thursday, July 26: Joining in the round, placing markers, slipping stitches, Body Stripe section 1. 

Thursday, August 2: Body Stripes sections 2 and 3.

Thursday, August 9: Neckline front and back. Shoulders.

Thursday, August 15: Sleeve edging and blocking.

 

Check in, encourage others, have fun!

Choose your colors. Get your yarn. Get your pattern and get ready for a head to head KAL.

Heather and Meaghan are here to answer any questions you might have about these projects and how a knit-along works. We hope you'll join us on this summertime knitting adventure!

We'll check in online on Instagram with the hashtags #DoubleTheFunKAL and #EweEweKALFollow @eweeweyarns and @notsorryknitter on Instagram now! Plus you can join my Ewe Ewe Yarns Ravelry group if you like that type of thing. Whichever!

Email us if you have any questions! (We're just a click away.)

 

New-for-fall shawl KAL: Peepaloo

Oh baby, oh baby, it’s time to get ready for a fun start-of-fall shawl KAL: the Peepaloo shawl featuring Peepaloo Fields Skinny Mini Sock in 2 colors!

Oftentimes there aren’t words to express the love between two people. But in my opinion, knitting is a physical representation of love in every stitch. The colorways created by Peepaloo Fields for this shawl design represent 4 real couples, all who love each other, and who have touched our lives in one way or another. Each combination of color is named for the location across the US where each couple now lives: Mesa, Littleton, SoCal and PDX.

This KAL will be hosted here, and on Instagram (by me, @notsorryknitter, using #peepalooshawlkal)! The KAL will run from Thursday, September 1st until roughly Thursday, October 13th. This is a fun KAL so there’s no hard and fast deadline. I just like to wrap a shawl project in 6 weeks or so, so I can wear it. And by mid-October, methinks we’re all going to want a shawl!

To join in on this awesome KAL, say “hello” in the Peepaloo shawl KAL forum on Ravelry. Then! Download a copy of the pattern, Peepaloo, on sale for $5 (regular: $5.95). Next, jump on over to Peepaloo Fields on Etsy to get your kit yarn. Then come back to the forum and tell me what color combination you've chosen! 
**Note: all yarns ordered the first week (by August 6th) of the KAL will ship by August 25th as these skeins are dyed to order.

The Peepaloo Shawl

The colorways that Shari came up with are pretty phenomenal, IMO. And the yarn? It's so beautifully soft. Shari chose a single ply 100% superwash merino so not only is the shawl nuzzle-your-face-in-it soft, it's light weight! Check out these beauties: 

Here's a few more details about this shawl that'll help you get prepared to knit along with us! There are a few video tutorials in the shawl pattern to get you on your way and, of course, I'll be there the whole time chatting you all up and cheering on your progress! 

Materials

  • Peepaloo Fields Skinny Mini Sock (fingering weight; 100% superwash merino wool; 400 yds/100g per skein): 1 skein each color: Color A modeled in “Meaghan” (yellow) and “Big Al” (Loose Change)
  • US 5 (3.75mm) 40” circular needle (or preferred length)

Finished Dimensions

59 inches wide by 21 inches tall

Gauge

24 sts and 52 rows = 4 inches in garter stitch before blocking

Notes

  • This shawl is a half-circle shape and worked flat. Written instructions are provided for the entirety of the shawl. 
  • Adjust needle size as necessary to match gauge.
  • To save on yardage it is recommended to carry the colors loosely up the side of the work in the Cast On & Setup and 2-Color Garter sections rather than breaking at each color change.
  • This shawl best fits a 40” circular needle however the user may substitute longer or shorter needles for comfort.
  • Although gauge is not critical for this project, a looser gauge than noted will result in the use of more yardage. 
  • It is recommended to use Color A to swatch for this project as it uses only about 300 yds of a 400 yd skein to complete the project.

We hope you'll join us in September! Be sure to get your yarn order in by August 18th to ensure your yarn arrives on time to cast-on! Until then, happy knitting!!!