Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Limited Edition Color for the Spring KAL!

Spring is here!  Well . . . not really.  But it is time to start thinking about the spring Knit-Along with Michelle Hunter starting on April 2nd!

"Let's Make a Teal"
The April Knit-Along is a pair of stylish socks called Kaika and the pattern will be available in three women's sizes (small, medium and large).  So what do the socks look like?  We don't know - that's the fun part of a mystery knit along!  We do know that the Kaika socks are knit from the toe-up and feature Japanese stitches.  "Kaika" is the name of an early Japanese emperor who ruled from about 150 BC to around 100 BC, and he liked to wear teal socks.  Ok, so nobody really knows what his favorite color was, but it's a good tie-in to the Japanese stitches!

Emperor Kaika
And the yarn?  Now that's the best part.  The socks feature a limited edition yarn color dyed by Seattle area hand-dyer, Schmutzerella. The yarn color, dubbed "Let's Make a Teal!" is to-die-for-gorgeous in Wolkenspeil base yarn, an 80% Extra Fine Superwash Merino Wool and 20% Nylon yarn.  There is a limited supply of the new color, and when it's gone, it's gone!

Never done a KAL?  It's easy ... Michelle will reveal the pattern on her website in four segments, starting on Thursday, April 2nd.  How much does it cost?  Nothing!  You don't have to register or pay any fee to participate. You may even win some cool prizes from Skacel.  Have a question?  No problem, Michelle posts photos and online video instructions, plus you can post questions on Michelle's KAL site or in her Ravelry group. Questions are typically answered daily.  It's like having a knitting tutor right by your side!  And it's OK to get video help at 3 am - perhaps your grandmother isn't so accommodating!

So how do you start?
    Pick Your Yarn Color 
    Wolkenspiel in Autumn Mood
    I'm going to use Schmutzerella's limited edition yarn color "Let's Make a Teal!" in Wolkensiel.

    Don't like teal?  Wouldn't the world be a boring place if everyone had the same favorite color?  You don't have to use teal, the Wolkenspiel yarn is available in seven other stunning colors as well.  Pick your favorite!

    Check Your Needles
    The recommended needles are size US 1 (2.5 mm) double pointed needles or size US 1 (2.5 mm) 32″ circulars if you prefer "The Magic Loop" method. If you don't have a set we love the addi circulars!

    Pick Your Pins
    You will also need a handful of ordinary safety pins or locking stitch markers depending on the size socks you are knitting; the small size needs 18 pins, the medium 22 pins, and the large 24 pins.

    Happy Knitting . . . .  Amy

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