This is the last week of the KAL. Give yourselves a BIG pat on the back, you deserve it!
We’ve already discussed how to make the shawl, so this week I want to share photos and stories about your shawl adventures and celebrate everyone’s lovely creations!
And, as promised, I’ve included the link to the new exclusive matching scarf pattern that I designed just for you! To cap off the celebration, read to the end to learn how to enter this week’s Grand Prize Giveaway!
Melanie is a friend of Ann Tudor, who created the stitch markers for this KAL. She knew she had to make this shawl as soon as she saw it, since she works at the American Heart Association and loves making ANYTHING with hearts on it! Here is Melanie’s story:
I'm in my 17th year working at the American Heart Association here in Indianapolis and absolutely love it. One of the ways I like to give back to the AHA is by knitting or crocheting items and donating to their auctions, knowing the funds raised from those items will be used for research and education of heart disease. I've made these auction items for many different events across our 11 state affiliate. I also make a heart bib (or something heart related) for every newborn in our 11 state affiliate - we have 450+ staff in our affiliate, and average about 2 babies per month at times. :)
Separate from that, I am a part of a group called Charity Girls, who are basically a group of women in the Indianapolis area who love to give back and both knit and crochet for different charities or people in need. Two of our most recent endeavors were making 60 hats for Lily's Place — a rehab facility in Huntington, WV for babies born addicted to drugs — and making 200 doll blankets to send to a small Church in Marathon, FL who are putting together 1,000 shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child.
A couple of our ongoing projects are making red baby hats for Little Hats, Big Hearts to give to local hospitals for every baby born in the month of February (Heart Month) to bring awareness of congenital heart disease. We make baby hats to give to our local hospitals, headbands to give to child cancer patients, preemie blankets to give to local funeral homes and hats/scarves to give to local school children who do not have them.
What first drew me to the Crescent Shawl is that the border has hearts in it. I made mine in Malabrigo Rios, and plan to make another one. I also loved that it really was a quick knit. The most challenging step for me was S2KP stitch because I had never done that stitch. After I got the hang of it, it was easy peasy. I've used many charts when making Fair Isle hats, but not one like this with multiple stitch types. My first instinct was to write out the pattern, but I decided to challenge myself and use the chart — I'm glad I did!
Chris made her shawl while she was on vacation in Bali. What started as a project for herself turned into a very sweet gift for a new friend. Here is Chris’ story:
I first met Komang in March this year. I was on my first trip to Bali and my first trip overseas alone. Komang is one of the staff working at Villa Matani located on the east coast of Bali at beautiful Jasri Beach. Komang assists in many roles at the Villa; reception, preparing meals and drinks, housekeeping and providing local advice to guests. During my first stay at Jasri I asked Komang about a local chocolate business and if it was close enough to walk to. Komang said that it would be a long walk in the heat and if I waited an hour she had a break between her shifts and would take me there on her scooter. We travelled to the chocolate business and spent half an hour there. Komang said she was not doing anything during her break and asked if I would like to see more of the area. Komang spent the next couple of hours being tour guide and taking me around this beautiful area.
When I arrived this time, Komang recognised me and greeted me with a huge smile and a hug. While I was there, Komag saw me knitting the shawl, and loved the colours of the yarn. Komang proudly told me she was married a month ago, so I thought the shawl would make a nice gift for her. When I gave the shawl to Komang she thought I was asking her to hold it. When I explained it was hers, I received a big hug and she called her friend over to come and have a look at her gift.
I always like to participate in the Ravellenics games (starting from when it was called the Ravolympics, before the IOC threatened a trademark lawsuit and Ravelry had to change the name). Since the timing of your KAL coincided so well with the Ravellenic games, I thought I'd participate in both.
The idea of the Ravellenics games is to challenge yourself — in whatever that means to you, the knitter. My daughter Julia, an avid and creative knitter and Raveler, and I formed a team, named after the new brewpub that she and her husband just opened in Portland, Maine. She has a weekly knit night there and tried to recruit other knitters to our team, but no luck. So it was just the 2 of us, which was great because we don't get to do much together these days, now the she is so busy.
Finishing the shawl was my challenge, as was re-learning how to read charts. And it turned out that I did mis-read the eyelet section, sailing right past the "K on the Purl side" and "P on the K side" rows — until I saw someone else's shawl and thought "hey, that doesn't look like mine!"
I saw the picture on the cover and I said to myself, I would like to try that. Then I looked at the pattern and I said ugh, it is only a chart. Then I found out about the KAL and that Lisa would be providing written instructions. So yeah I ordered my yarn and the stitch markers from Ann Tudor (the markers are beautiful and a big help).
So I started knitting and the first row with the yo by the markers messed me up, had to rip. So I started over, most other times I would have thrown it in the closet until later but the Olympics were on so I told myself I could do this. My solution to the floating yo is that I took the markers off for that row and then put them back on next row. Then it was time for short rows that I have never done. I put the project down for a few days because I didn’t want to make a mistake but I started and I discovered that short rows are easy!!. I loved this project and I can’t wait for the scarf pattern. Lisa I wish I lived closer to you so I could take your classes (I live in Hawaii). Please keep designing and have more KALs!
I fell in love with Lisa’s shawl from the minute Noro posted it on Facebook, and then there was the wait for the magazine to reach my store shelf, which was longer as I’m in Canada. I choose to make this shawl for my sister-in-law for Christmas, so I’m using Rowan Wool Worsted Superwash in Charcoal Wash as her favourite colour is black.
I ordered the yarn online during my vacation, and it finally arrived during the middle of the KAL week 2. So, all other projects set aside, needles pulled out of another, and finally ready to cast on Thursday, August 18. First long tail cast on came across a knot from the skein end half way through casting - frogged. Second cast on I added another five repeats to make the shawl longer, but after six rows I realized I was going to run out of yarn before I finished - frogged. Third time lucky - I used both ends from the skein when casting and kept to 223 stitches as per Lisa’s instructions - perfect.
Oh yeah, on top of all of this, my right wrist is broken and in a cast - so knitting that first row after casting on is extremely difficult when you have limited mobility. After the first row it got easier. I found the chart easy to follow and made speedy progress as I had lots of time to knit every morning while “watching” my kids at their swimming lessons. I have now finished the short rows and will continue with some more rows of stockinette stitch before ending with the garter eyelet border, to add more width. I will make this shawl again, however, with a different yarn - something lighter with more colour - and after my cast is gone! Thank you Lisa for a great pattern and KAL.
I met Lisa at Rhinebeck (NY Sheep and Wool) last year when she crashed on the couch in the house I rented with friends. We hung out a bit and got to know each other a little. I signed up for her newsletters to keep in touch, even though I live too far away to take her classes (though I'm excited to hear she's planning to branch out into online classes!).
At Rhinebeck two years ago, I met a lovely lady from Uruguay who works with Malabrigo (she writes a blog for them). She stayed with my friends and I, and she brought us gifts of Malabrigo yarn. The Rios I used for this shawl was my gift from her. (Because Rios is heavier than Noro Mirai, I used a size 8 needle.)
I am planning to give this shawl as a gift. I got the crazy idea to knit my 6 coworkers presents for the holidays this year. I'm still deciding which one will get this shawl, or whether I'll knit more items and keep it for myself!
I originally made the Noro Crescent Shawl two years ago as a present for one of my knitting students. Yvonnie wanted to learn how to knit so that she would have something to do to keep her hands and mind busy during upcoming chemo treatments.
As you know, the shawl pattern specified two balls of Noro Mirai yarn. Due to yarn consumption irregularities and differences in tension, you may not have used all of your yarn. So, I designed a free new scarf pattern exclusively for KAL participants!
This week is the grand prize giveaway! The winner will receive four skeins of Noro’s new Kureyon Air in color #332 (Lime, Olive, Jade, Purple), a set of Ann Tudor's limited edition stitch markers, and a Ravelry coupon code good for one free knitting pattern from me!