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Wednesday April 19, 2017

Knitalong Wrap Up - Dash Shawl!

Here we are, all the way at the end of our shawl knitalong. It's been so much fun diving into a new color than the one I already knit, making new video content for you and of course seeing your shawls come to life. They are STUNNING!

 

I put the final touches on my shawl today and adore it. I opted for Dusty Pink Sister yarn and Golden White Pixie Dust. I went with the exact same lacing as my first shawl, a little boring but after experimenting I figured out that I just liked that best. I am excited to show this baby off today on my daily stroll to my regular coffee shop. Below I've highlighted the shawl pics I've seen on instagram that you've shared with #knitcollageKAL. I also started our very own pinterest board where I'll continue to add photos of the finished shawls as I see them.

 

Thank you so much to all of you who participated! I loved hosting this and hope to make the next one we do, even better, so if you have any feedback, please let me know. I'm all ears! I hope the photos of each other's work inspires you. My favorite part of a knitalong is always connecting with you and seeing you happy with your finished piece. It has been an honor. Let's keep making!

 

Ok, to start,here's me and my finished shawl, I'm loving it and already wore it all day yesterday.  Take a look at all the beautiful shawls knit by our community below. Definitely visit the Pinterest board to see them all!

Holy cow ~ Anne @ Flax&Twine's stunning shawl - I just about died when I saw this!

@lifeinwool stunning finished shawl in Rich Eggplant Sister yarn and India Henna Pixie Dust - soooo glad I got to see this combo come to life! Head to the pinterest board to see her in progress shots. These came out so beautifully and reminded me how much fun the process can be!

Stephanie from All About Ami's shawl - wow, right?! I loved seeing this color combination come to life as well. 

@merryberryco work in progress - how about that mug though?! 

@pvdplaats Soft Ivory version coming together! Can't wait to see it all finished up. 

 

Thank you all so much for participating! I hope to add to this post as you wrap up knitting these :) The winner of any 2 skeins is Deborah of @lifeinwool for her gorgeous photos all throughout the process! Loved seeing these pop up on IG this last month Deborah!

Big hugs and so much love, Amy @ Knit Collage

Monday April 17, 2017

Pillow knitalong wrap up!

posted by: Amy Small in home patterns, knitalong, pixie dust yarn, sister yarn

Here we are, all the way at the end of our little pillow knitalong! I had so much fun knitting this pillow with you and delving into more videos. I put the final touches on my pillow last weekend. In the end I opted for 4 pom poms in camel, mainly because I want it to match the other pillow I knit up. The multicolor pom poms seemed a little too busy! As a set, I think they'll look great in my living room or at the next yarn tradeshow I'm attending in June. Below I've highlighted the pillow pics I've seen on instagram that you've shared with #knitcollageKAL. I also started our very own pinterest board where I'll continue to add photos of the finished pillows as I see them. Thank you so much to all of you who participated! I loved hosting this and hope to make the next one we do, even better, so if you have any feedback, please let me know. I'm all ears! I hope the photos of each other's work inspires you. My favorite part of a knitalong is always connecting with you and seeing you happy with your finished piece. It has been an honor. Let's keep making!

Ok, to start,here's me and my finished pillow, being my silly self. 

Next up is  Sierra of Knitting Wonder's gorgeous pillow - holy cow that's a stunning photo, right?! She did hers in the sample color combination: Snowflake and Granola Girl Pixie Dust with Camel Sister. 

These make me so happy, love both variations so much! By @kristebee She did the sample color and then another one, the same as the other but with a bright Robins Egg Blue back/pom poms. I love the 2 variations she did for these! Such a pretty set.

@leahjillt knits are always jaw dropping! I love her color choice here. I was hoping someone would knit this one up, it's so rich and the tassels are a ton of fun!

@tangledhandknits pillow in the works, loving it so far!

@gaffneyanna your big happy smile is just the best! Love your pillow too :)

Thank you all so much for participating! I hope to add to this post as you wrap up knitting these :) I'm going to announce the prize winner in a few weeks time when I hope we get a few more finished projects completed. 

Big hugs and so much love, Amy @ Knit Collage

 

 

Thursday April 06, 2017

Dash Shawl Knitalong Week 3

posted by: Amy Small in knitalong, pixie dust yarn, sister yarn

Hi guys! Welcome back to week 3! How are we are almost to the finish line??? It's gone by so quickly. It's been a blast re-knitting these favorites in new colorways and dissecting so many of the steps I do without even thinking. Today we'll dive into blocking your finished piece. I decided to slow down a week based on your feedback, so we'll get to weaving the Pixie Dust yarn and adding fringe next week. I noticed that this piece DOES take a long time to dry, so we could probably use the extra time anyway. It's all a cinch to do and I'm excited to guide you through these final project steps. As always holler if you need help :)

 

Video 4: Blocking

 

* I knit 5 repeats of the pattern (rows 2-11) and cast off on the next row -  row 2 of the pattern in the purl stitch as the pattern calls for. Remember you can cast off on any row of the pattern, just make sure you cast off purl-wise.

 

* Tools you'll need: blocking boards (I like these) or a towel folded over double, T pins (see pic below), measuring tape, a spray bottle or cup full of water.


* When we block in knitting, we set our finished knit pieces into the correct shape the pattern calls for or the shape we want the design to be. For this pattern, the finished measurements should be 25" deep at center point and 75" wide along cast off edge. If you decided to knit yours shorter or longer, then your measurements will simply be whatever you want, and of course that's what makes knitting so great...customization is so easy!


* Use your measuring tape to pin your finished pieces into the correct size square on your blocking board or towel, stretching your piece out slightly as you go so that the yarn over 'holes' start to pop.


* I prefer lightly blocking (as shown in the video) with our bulky yarns. If you get your finished piece too wet, it will take days to dry. Even when it's lightly flicked or sprayed with water, it will take some time to dry.


* Wait to weave in your Pixie Dust yarn and add your fringe until your shawl is totally dry.

 

* Below are photos of what my finished piece looks like completely pinned into place. You can see that I had to use towels on the ends because it is too long for my blocking boards. It's GIANT!

 

That's it for this week guys! Next week I'll show you how to weave in that Pixie Dust yarn and add fringe. I'm going to give you a few different options/ideas here - we are going off pattern - stay tuned! The customization part is a total blast. Lastly, if you missed the prize info, click on last week's post here to find out more. 

XOXO Amy

 

 

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