Introducing the Yarn Harbor KAL!September 10, 2013
Remember when we said there would be a Knit-a-Long starting on the 1st of this month? Me, too. It turns out that moving sort of blocks all other commitments out of my mind like a solar eclipse. Never mind, we’ll start this week!
Let’s start with the details, like, what are we knitting? How long are we knitting? Why are we knitting? And how will we connect with everyone else who is knitting?
A good KAL should feature a pattern that is appealing to a broad spectrum of knitters, and that can be completed in a reasonable amount of time. My first thought was to do a shawl, but then I thought – why not socks? Hear me out – socks are small, portable, and always quicker than you think they will be. If you love them, I don’t need to talk you into this. If you hate them, at least you won’t be alone in making them and you’ll have a deadline to help you finish! Plus, sock yarn is gorgeous, but its small gauge can be intimidating for larger projects. Why not use it for what is was made for?
We will be knitting the Railroad Rib Pattern from Fiber Trends. The pattern is available in print in the store or on Ravelry. This pattern is straightforward, beautifully textured, and can be made in sock weight, sport weight, or worsted weight yarn, so you can pick what you are most comfortable with. Or you could make socks in every weight! I just may do this. They are also a great unisex pattern.
The last day of the KAL will be November 3 – this gives everyone 8 weeks to complete their sockies. I’ll be blogging about my progress every week, and featuring progress made by other knitters. Join the Ravelry group to post about your progress.
Hopefully, we’ll get a lot of community involvement with this – I would love to see lots of knitters getting involved and lots of socks being made. At the end of the 8th week, participants will be able to vote on their favorite version of the sock based on people’s Ravelry pictures. There will be prizes for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners!!
Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s move on to the fun part – choosing yarn! We have a ton of great sock yarn, so I’m just going to feature a few that I’m particularly bonkers about.
Regia Angora Merino is another scrumptious option. The fabric is warm, soft, and lightweight, and available in a soft palette of colors. If you are considering adding stripes to your sock, or a contrast toe, cuff, and heel, this would be a good choice, since it comes in small amounts of yardage.
Zauberball, and Zauberball Crazy, is another popular option. These don’t need much explaining – they are beautiful, interesting, and a perennial favorite.
If you wish to work in a sport gauge, Pediboo by Frog Tree is an absolutely wonderful option. This wool yarn is springy, soft, and available in a rainbow of colors.
If you wish to work in a worsted gauge, Noro Kureyon, Taiyo, or Silk Garden would all make lovely, self-striping socks. The Raggi is always a popular option as well. Of course, the awesome superwash Malabrigo Rios would make a very fancy (and beautiful) sock!
Let us know which yarn you are thinking of using! And we’ll see you next week!