New Year, New Adventures, New Knitalong!

by Sharyn Anhalt January 02, 2017

I was shocked to see that I haven't done a blog post since October! The last couple months flew by, and all of you kept me busy...but it's now 2017 so let's get organized, okay?

I have to explain how this month's KAL came about. If you live in the world of Instagram, Facebook, and Ravelry you most likely saw the buzz about Andrea Mowry's new design, Find Your Fade. We've put many Fade combos together for folks, and she's running a KAL over on Ravelry this month. About the same time, Stephen West released a new design, Speckled Fade Dotted Rays. Both of these designs take advantage of the speckled colorways from Hedgehog Fibres, fading speckles and solids into one fabulous look. I was debating between these two designs as our January KAL but was also in the mood for knitting something a bit heavier than fingering weight. But I wanted  to play with fading and combining colors! Oh what to do?

I happened to notice my pile (actually more like piles!) of Hedgehog fingering weight leftovers. Hedgehog is so delicious that I save every bit, figuring I would use it someday. Actually, I've been planning to use it for a Scarfy Thing.  If you haven't heard of this design by Beata the owner of Hedgehog Fibres, take a look.  It's really more of a recipe than a pattern, and is a great way to practice modular knitting, picking up stitches, and joining edges.

But I want to knit something heavier than fingering! That's when the lightbulb went on - how about holding two strands together to create marled yarns? The Speckled Marled Fade Scarfy Thing was born!

So, yes, our KAL for January is the Scarfy Thing, but I'm encouraging you to experiment with color, hold yarns together that you never thought would go together, and have fun using up all your small bits of fingering weight yarns! You can see I have some sections where I've used one strand of fingering weight and one strand of Hedgehog Kidsilk Lace. We have the Kidsilk Lace $4 off per skein this week, so you can stock up on colors for this and any project. 

I'll be posting some tips and tricks in the next few days on how to knit the shapes, join edges, and joining in new yarns to eliminate weaving in all the ends. You'll want to use all fingering weight yarns, along with mohair like Kidsilk Lace, in order to keep the size of the Scarfy Thing consistent. You could also hold two strands of sport, worsted, bulky - whatever you want to do as long as you're consistent. Maybe yours will become a Blanket Thing! But playing with color is up to you. And you're going to want lots of it.

Want to play with us, but don't have a lot of scraps? We have lots of Hedgehog Sock Minis, and some great fingering weight yarns in our Sale Section. Put together a few colors you like and go from there! Oh, and I almost forgot - there will be prizes this month! More info to come. Hope you'll join us!

Sharyn Anhalt
Sharyn Anhalt


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