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Monday, January 2, 2012

A Choice And A Challenge

Is there anyone out there interested in shaking things up?

With the coming of the new year, my mind is trying to rev in about four (or so) different directions at once, knitting wise.  Of course, none of this pertains to any of the knitting projects I currently have on needles.  So what if I tell you what I'm thinking about, and you guys see if you want to play along with me?

Idea #1:  A knit-along.  For something that a lot of us maybe have not done before.  Perhaps a sock?  Are you guys all veteran sock knitters out there?  Maybe a cool patterned sock?  Something like this, or this, or some basic socks for first timers? Maybe we could be optimistic and go for a whole dang pair of socks?  If not socks, maybe something else like....a lace shawl?  This would certainly be challenging for me.  Have I told you all about my (multiple) attempts to knit the Swallowtail Lace Shawl by Evelyn Clark, only to go down in flames each time?  Am I nutters to think about getting back up on the horse again?  Maybe the Vlad Shawl?  Or Multnomeh, which seems slightly less intimidating, yet still beautiful?  Anyone??  Anyone??  

Idea #2:  This one is like "Fight Club" except, you know, with no fighting.  A secret, underground,
├╝ber-cool collection of knitters and crocheters, putting together scraps of knitting for the sole purpose of tagging/yarn bombing various stationary items around Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and Carrboro. 

Bonus points to be awarded for originality, amount, and style.  Pictures are strongly encouraged.  Send them to me at the blog, and we'll revel in the fact that we are slowly making the area a bit more cushy and snuggly.  And colorful.  We could even make a contest of who can tag the most stuff in a day?  I could come up with a prize of some sort....Any thoughts?

In the meantime, life has ground to a bit of a halt here.  My son has been sick with a particularly nasty virus, and has been feverish and pretty much miserable since Wednesday.  Knitting time has been hard to come by lately, and can't wait for the usual grind to return so I can knit a bit more.  I've been knitting a little bit on a Pi Shawl, having some fun with rainbow colored Kauni Effektgarn.  I'd take a picture, but right now it's so bunched up on my circular needle that it looks like I took a rainbow and threw it in the blender.  Once it's off the needles, I will happily take lots of pictures, but right now it's just not the prettiest thing you ever did see. 

Please leave a comment and let me know how you want to shake things up!


carol said...

Yes, I love the idea of a KAL. Count me in for whatever project. I lurve both socks and shawls!

Erin C. said...

I'm loving all the people swinging by here to read--please leave a comment if you have a preference on a knit-along AND/OR a yarn bombing black ops. :)

KT said...

If you'd like me to design an "exclusive" for a KAL let me know - KTLV on Rav.

bonitinha said...

I'm totally up for a KAL! I've never done socks before... this would be a great way to get my feet wet (har har!)

Kathleen said...

I'm up for the Swallowtail shawl as I am intimidated to start it alone.

Sara said...

I love both ideas. What if we have a knit along now to warm us up and give us time to get our nerve together for some yarn bombing later in the year?

NTDeej said...

I need to give socks a second try with a more exciting yarn, but I'd love to do a pretty shawl too. I'm in.

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