INVITATION TO A KAL
For those of you who are still uninitiated, Ravelry is the world’s largest social media gathering place for fiberistas. Membership is free as are many of their patterns. That alone should encourage you to give it a good look. There are so many things that you can do on Ravelry that I am thinking of offering a class to walk new member through the site. What do you think?
To find The East Coast Knitters, you can either click on the hyperlink above or go to the group tab on Ravelry and search “The East Coast Knitters”. To join the group, just click the “Join this group” button on the upper right hand side of the page.
KAL is short for Knit-A-Long. It is when a group of people decide to work on the same pattern at the same time. The pattern the group has chosen to do is the “Sanibel cowl”, a free pattern from Classic Elite. For my crochet friends, perhaps this one is a suitable substitute? Or if you have another idea, please share it in the comments. I want my crocheters to feel welcome to come and play as well!
What is the purpose of a KAL/CAL? One reason they are done is to have fun working on a project as a group. It is always interesting to see the same pattern interpreted in many different ways due to choice of yarn or “creative license” that translates into slight changes made to the pattern (length, stitch count, embellishments) to accommodate individual preferences. Sometimes the biggest reason to do a KAL/CAL is because there is widespread interest in doing a pattern that might be difficult or incorporates a new technique or construction. By doing the pattern together, participants can work through the tricky parts. I personally, love the group bonding that happens over a KAL. And at the end there is a tangible, wearable memory of the project (often with many, many stories to go with it.
I am personally joining this KAL to give me a break from shop sample knitting and because I like to make new friends! I’m happy to help you get on Ravelry if you need help, to get the pattern and of course, to help you select some yarn. If this is not something you are up for right now, I hope you will consider joining future KALs. There is already one brewing in the back of my brain thanks to one of our Saco River Yarns friends.
Wow! Talk about positive response! Since “teasing” the upcoming “Knit to Flatter” workshop with Amy Herzog, I have been getting phone calls and e-mails and visits from folks wanting to sign up. While all the details have not been completely ironed out, I think I have enough basic information to allow folks to register for this special event. Here they are:
Saturday July 13th from 10am-2pm (the time has not officially been verified but it will be a four hour workshop)
At Saco River Yarns in Biddeford, ME
Maximum enrollment: 20
Nibbles and beverages will be provided by SRY but if you have special dietary requirements feel free to bring your own. I do not know if you will need to purchase your book beforehand if you hope to have one signed (still to be verified).
Now…registration… I will open registration for this event at 10am tomorrow, Friday, June 7, 2013. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. I cannot process class payments online so you will either need to stop by the store or call me with your credit card information so that I may process it securely through Square. Per the store’s class policy, class fees are non-refundable unless the class is cancelled by the store or there is someone on a waiting list who can take your place.
I think this is a wonderful opportunity to learn so much about how to create pieces for ourselves that show us to our best advantage. Knitting garments is an investment in time and money but it is also an opportunity to create something that is uniquely us.
As of this morning no one has registered for the sock class which is to begin this Saturday. If you know someone who may not be a follower of the blog or FB page but wants to learn how to knit socks, please share with them that they have until tomorrow by 5pm to register for this class. I know that summer is busy for so many of us, so don’t worry if this does not work for you and you wanted to come, we will offer it again late summer/early fall.
Don’t forget we are knitting in public (but probably in the shop due to Tropical storm, Andrea) this Saturday from 9-2pm. Stop by for the entire time or just for an hour and join the fun. I am hoping we will have enough people to play a couple of games. Coffee and tea will be provide as well as bottled water. Parking is available in the mill parking lot (disregard the scary “permit only” parking signs). Feel free to bring a bag lunch or bravely head out in the rain to get something at one of the wonderful downtown restaurants.
Oh, the pic at the top of the post…in case you didn’t notice from the title of the blog, sometimes song lyrics pop into my head as I write. Apparently I was channeling John and Olivia this morning. Have a great day and don’t forget the shop is open from 10am-5pm today!