Sunday, August 27, 2017

Speckle and Pop!

It's that time again. Stephen West's MKAL will be starting at the end of September. You can join now on Ravelry. I did.
You will need…  
3 main colors 100g each + 5 contrast colors in smaller amounts 
Yardage: Main Color 1: 400yds / 366m  
Main Color 2: 400yds / 366m  
Main Color 3: 400yds / 366m 
Contrast Color 1: 87yds / 80m  
Contrast Color 2: 87yds / 80m  
Contrast Color 3: 87yds / 80m  
Contrast Color 4: 87yds / 80m  
Contrast Color 5: 87yds / 80m 
Select 3 colors of fingering weight yarns in a colorful speckled fade. I recommend 3 speckled colors, but you can also use solid colors if you prefer. I recommend a light, medium, and dark color for these 3 main colors. These 3 full skeins will act as the main part of the shawl. If you can find 3 colors that fade nicely together from light to dark, that will be ideal. 
Select 5 contrast colors for your color pops. These contrast pops will show best if they are different from your main colors. For example, choose 3 full skeins of light, medium, and dark neutral colors combined with 5 color pops.
We have many, many options for mini skeins. Hedgehog Sock Minis, Tosh Unicorn Tails and don't forget about mini skein kits from Lorna's Laces, SweetGeorgia and Frabjous Fibers.

There will be a new speckled yarn arriving from the US in time for the Knitters' Fair - maybe before. Copyright credit for the pictures - Brandy Velten. Watch for more details as the parcel gets closer. There will be two bases. 22 colours are coming in the sock base.
75% superwash merino, 25% nylon; 4-ply | 464 yds per 100 g | 7-8 sts per inch on US 1-3 needles 
This super soft yarn is just about perfect in every way! Use it in everything from socks, shawls, and light-weight sweaters for projects that will be a delight to wear and hold up to the test of time
The second is one of my favourite bases and there will be 18 colours.
single: 100% superwash merino wool; single ply | 400 yds per 100g | 7-8 sts per inch on US 1-3 needles 
This single-ply merino yarn is wonderfully soft and plush, making it a real treat to work with. With a high twist, it produces lovely stitch definition and is perfect for accessories, shawls, and light-weight garments.

I just made it to the last colour on my Bambara Wrap. It doesn't feel like I accomplished anything today but I know I was busy. Pictures tomorrow.

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