“Social distancing” the buzz word of corona safety has been my prescription for these last 20 years of EI. Truly, the last human touch I experienced, save camera mom and dad, was the doctor during my last exam back in November. It’s a tough reality and something that people with EI experience on a daily basis. However, I’ll share two secrets with you for survival during more private times. 1. Find God’s blessing in each day – from the unexpected email of a friend, to a gorgeous sunrise or sunset, to a particularly delicious yarn, CS Lewis in “Surprised by Joy” calls these love letters. By making a point to recognize each one, He will revive your spirit in ways only He can. 2. Make use of technology to stay connected. Yes, they may be virtual hugs, but try to imagine them as real and feel the connection the other person is making an effort to share with you! To that end, I’m thrilled to present the following collaborated KAL for your knitting enjoyment:
It’s Reveal Day!!! I’m beyond thrilled to finally show you the photos for Air Bender. The only problem? Cameramom did such an amazing job shooting the 3 different pattern options, I have too many to share! The first cull was what ones deserve photo editing? After a week I got the hundreds down to 60s. Then I forced myself to collage one image collection for each of the three patterns… with a few surprises mixed in.
Escape to the mountains; escape to the beach; let the wind lift your stitches to a place of windswept texture and peace. As the wind whispers through your Air Bender shawl the unique abstract motifs reflect your chosen drop sequence. As the seasons change the textures do too from airy summer full drops to blustery winter no drops.
Join Puddles and I for this video demonstration of how to incorporate the drop stitches and yox3 into your Air Bender shawl’s I-cord bind off. Still working on your Air Bender MKAL… don’t worry, we don’t show the entire shawl
What are the chances two people living States apart in the US would meet in the upstairs knitting attic of a (non-closed) yarn shop along historical Mainstreet in Unionville, Ontario, Canada? That’s just how I met Janette, wife of The Whispering Woodturner! When it came to finding a prize for Air Bender MKAL, she popped to mind as Whispering was one of the potential name ideas ?. Let’s get to know our generous prize donor a little better. Please welcome Janette and hubby, Steve, to our event!
Welcome to our annual MKAL! This year’s MKAL is the third in our “The Unique Sheep” global elements series. From sun to water to wind, Solar Flare Circular Shawl to Oceanic to now Air Bender, explore the heights and depths of God’s great creation through your stitches.
For our Bucolic Chic KAL interview, let me introduce you to the mind behind the newly released “Knitting Wild” book!
Eco Inspiration – A Family Tale (or is it Tail)
Way back in April of 2016 mom got the knitting “bug”… finally, I’d say! She picked my upcoming 50th release, Cowgirl Chic, as her pattern and this gorgeous Malabrigo and began the picot cast on!
Flowers in a window box, an urban garden, or the vast expanse of uninhabited countryside – discover the beauty in your surroundings… and stitches with Bucolic Chic! Cast on addictive picots and short row your stitches into a chic wearable shawl. True to its name, this relaxing knit is perfect for soaking up the cold weather sun rays.
Tip 3: another suggestion from a review knitter – skip the counting during the shawl with a little cast on prep! After you’ve cast on half the picots for your size, place a unique marker, and cast on the remaining picots. Then simply follow the increase directions until you hit your unique marker and when you do transition to the decrease directions. No shawl stitch counting required!