Wednesday 20 September 2017

Autumn/Winter Brit Knit-A-Longs To Join In With

Now it's Autumn and the days are getting shorter how about using the longer nights to join in with an online knitting challenge? Knit-a-longs (KALs) can spur you on to complete a project and enjoy the online chatter with other knitters along the way.

All four require you to have a Ravelry account. For those of you who have never been to Ravelry, it's a website for the knitting community that enables you to find patterns, chat with other knitters, follow your favourite designers and yarn brands and keep an online record of your stash and completed projects. It's easy to set up an account and membership is free.


Logo courtesy of BritYarn
This online retailer that sells only British wool is planning its third annual Great British Sock KAL.

Cast-on day is Friday 22nd September and the you must use a British yarn or a local yarn to you if you do not live in the UK. Synthetic material in a blend, such as nylon, should only account for 25 per cent of the total content. You can use any sock pattern - or design your own!

To be in with a chance of winning a prize post a photo of your finished pair of socks in BritYarn's Ravelry group's FO thread by midnight on Monday 31st October 2017.

Blacker Yarns

Caradon Hill Jumper - one of the 13 Blacker Yarns designs
This yarn company has recently relaunched nine of its supporting patterns and added four new ones.  Go here to see all the designs.

Starting on 14th September the KAL runs right through until 14th December to give participants enough time to knit one of the more complicated garments. To join in, choose one of the 13 patterns to knit using any Blacker Yarn.

There are prizes both for chatter on the Blacker Yarn KAL Ravelry forum and for joining in the chat.

Ginger Twist Studio

Logo courtesy of Ginger Twist Studio
This Edinburgh-based wool shop is running a KAL for its own Tea Collection Club, but participants can also knit a pattern from Tea Collection Volume One.

The KAL is running for a whole whopping year - perfect for you if you want to join in but have some other works in progress to finish first.

To join in, go to Ginger Twist Studio's Tea Collection Club KAL forum on Ravelry. For a quarterly subscription to the Tea Collection Club go to Ginger Twist Studio's website.


Image courtesy of KnitBritish
We've all got patterns we'd like to knit and yarn that needs knitting up. The run up to Christmas is usually an expensive time, so why not use up the wool you already have instead of buying more?

That's the ethos behind KnitBritish's Good Intentions Club. Beginning in October Louise, who runs the website, will prompt those joining in to cast on to their first use-up project, with the plan being that that there will be one more each season over the following year.

Chat about the Good Intentions Club has already begun in the KnitBritish Episode 92 Ravelry forum.

Kettle Yarn Co.
Ramble image courtesy of Kettle Yarn Co.
To celebrate the launch of their Ramble DK, a blend of the finest British-reared Romney and Shetland fibres sourced directly from local British farms, Kettle Yarn Co is planning a KAL starting on 1st October.

The suggested pattern is the Vallamo jumper designed by Francesca Hughes that appeared in Pom Pom Quarterly's Issue 18.

Ramble comes in seven shades, of which three are required for the jumper. Kettle Yarn Co. has helpfully designed some different colourways that can be seen on their blog. You don't, however have to knit Vallamo: any pattern will do as long as you use Ramble yarn.

More details are on Kettle Yarn Co's KAL thread on Ravelry.

Are there any British KALs coming up that we've missed out? Do please let us know either in the comments box below or on the A Woolly Yarn Facebook page.

Also, Would you be interested in A Woolly Yarn KAL? We'd love your thoughts.

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