Do you know what a knit-a-long is?
I’m hosting one especially for all my mini-skein patterns, which started on 1st Dec, and after a chat with some of my knit night friends, it occurred to me that I should perhaps explain what I mean by ‘having a knit-a-long’ or KAL? Maybe you are new to this idea of a ‘knit-a-long’ or you might be a seasoned ‘KALer’!? Whichever you are, I thought it would help if I explained a bit further … it’s not complicated, I promise!
Really, it’s just a group of people who are knitting a similar thing at the same time: we are all ‘knitting along’ together. This might be knitting the same pattern, or using the same kind of yarn, or all knitting the same type of accessory (a hat, for example). A knit-a-long can take whatever form you like. You might run your KAL at your weekly knit night, or with some knitting friends you’ve met online. There’s no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ way to KAL – it’s just a lovey way of coming together and sharing our creativity.
I’d love it if you joined in with my mini-skein knit-a-long especially as, if you’re experiencing winter in the Northern Hemisphere (like I am here in Edinburgh), you might be in need of some bright pops of mini-skein colour to brighten-up the darker months!
THE KNITTING BIT! Firstly decide which of my five mini-skein patterns you’d like to knit: Choose Colour! Cowl, Hover, Patience Cowl, Winter Lights or Zastruga.
THE ALONG BIT! Choose some yarn (mini-skeins or leftovers) and on, or after, the 1st Dec make a start on your project.
THE TOGETHER BIT! Come and share your mini-skein creation with the rest of the KALers – there are lots of ways to do this:
If you’re on Raverly, you might like to make a project page and come and say hello in my Ravelry group – you could share some photos of how your project is going. Everyone likes to see what colours people have chosen, or which pattern they’ve picked to work on.
If you’re on Instagram, share some photos of your KAL knitting and put the tag #mhdminiskeinkal in the caption so that other KALers can find you and give you some likes! You could also tag me in your photos, I’m @harveyknits
THAT’S IT! Once you’ve done these three things, you’ve joined the knit-a-long! Whoop whoop!
When some people get towards the end of their project, I’ll set-up a thread on Ravelry where they can post a photo of their finished mini-skein project and … be eligible for a prize! More on that soon …
You can join in with with KAL by casting on at any time and since it finishes at the end of February, there’s plenty of time to finish your project – it’s a very laid-back KAL.