Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Shaded Love - A Make Along in Knit or Crochet!

I love Knit Alongs!  But I hate to see the crocheters miss out on the fun.  I also love Crochet Alongs!  But it's too bad the knitters can't join in.  So let's do both!  What do you call it when you host both a Knit Along and a Crochet Along at the same time? . . . A Make-Along!! (MAL)

We are proud to host Lorna Misers's first combination KAL/CAL with the help of the spectacular hand-dyers at Zen Yarn Garden.

Crochet version in Blue Magenta
Probably best known in fiber circles as the founder of Lorna's Laces, Lorna Miser has been a prolific designer since she sold the company in 2003. She's the author of Knit Pink, The Knitter's Guide to Hand-Dyed and Variegated Yarn, and Faith, Hope, Love, Knitting, and her patterns have appeared in several major magazines including Knitter's, Cast On, and Knit 'n Style. She's also done design work for yarn companies such as Brown Sheep, Noro, Cascade, Universal, Blue Sky Alpacas, Willow, and - perhaps obviously - Lorna's Laces.

Our MAL is two versions of a beautiful rectangular lace shawl - one knit and one crochet.  Lorna's truly outdone herself with this design, as both the color and stitch pattern change as you work from the center out.  The skill level you'll need to finish this project is INTERMEDIATE for knitters and crocheters alike.

Known for their rich and lustrous hand-dyed yarns, Zen Yarn Garden has created four custom colorways specifically for the Shaded Love Shawl and available only at FiberWild!  The yarn is their beautiful Serenity Silk Single, an amazing blend of superwash merino wool, soft cashmere, and lux silk.  The four amazing colorways are Blue Magenta, Charcoal Blues, Greenteak, and Mossy Cranberry.  Each colorway has two hand-dyed complementary colors, with a third color (for the center) that was hand-dyed by mixing the two outer colors together.  The result is a well-matched blending of colors.  We packaged kits with just the right amount of yarn, so you will just need one Shaded Love Shawl Make Along Kit to complete either the knit or crochet shawl.

Knit version in Mossy Cranberry
Bonus: the pattern is FREE with the purchase of your kit!

So how does the Make Along work?  It's not a "mystery" Make Along, because we have proudly posted photos of the finished shawls.  No surprises there!  But similar to a mystery project, we are releasing the pattern in four weekly installments on October 8, 15, 22 and 29.  This is to keep us all working along together.  The pattern will be released electronically as a PDF, and your updated PDFs will be available via FiberWild.com and Ravelry on each installment release date. Just log in to either account, and the PDF will have been updated by 10am Central Time.

Connect with other Make Along participants on either the Knit or Crochet MAL Thread in the FiberWild! and Friends group on Ravelry where you can ask questions and get help. Questions are typically answered daily. The forums let knitters and crocheters of all skill levels participate and get the help they need from Lorna herself as well as from other Ravelers! Don't be shy … post pictures, comment on posts, tell jokes, and enjoy the camaraderie as we make this project together!

Get your own badge!
How will you recognize your fellow MALers?  We designed badges that you're welcome to use on Ravelry, post on your own site or blog, or print it out and pin it on your shirt as you go about your day to let everyone know that you are in on the fun! Get yours at the bottom of our MAL page.

Happy Knitting, or Crocheting, and MALing! . . . . Amy

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