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2014 April

The people have spoken :-P   After two weeks of collecting votes Olga’s Vest won by a landslide.  Olga’s Vest won with over 45% of the votes, so guess what – that’s what were going to knit in the next KAL.

A little bit about this pattern-  Olga’s Vest is knit with a side-to-side construction.  The cowl is created using short rows and this pattern is very easily modified.  Once finished this piece can be worn about 15 ways and counting.  How is this pattern so versatile?  Well, the uniquely designed stitch pattern paired with the amount of buttons basically gives this garment thousands of buttonholes throughout the whole piece allowing for endless combinations of button placements.

Here are a few of my favorite ways to wear the Olga’s Vest:

I know I said that we would start the KAL this coming weekend, but I would like to get started on Saturday, May 10th 2014.  This should give everyone enough time to get the pattern, get their yarn and check gauge.  There will be a prize for the winner.  I have yet to decide what it is going to be, but it will be good (it’s always good).

The KAL for the Olga’s Vest will take place in the Ravelry Group, there we can post pictures, questions, comments and more.  A lot of the technique questions can be answered in the KAL I hosted on the blog two years ago, here is the link.

Wondering how you can be one of the prize winners? Well all you have to do is be an active KAL participant.  Make sure you post frequently, and in many places, like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and of course Ravelry.  The more you post, the higher your chances are for winning.  In order to win you must also post pictures of your finished piece in the Ravelry Group on or before the KAL end date.  The KAL end date is Sunday, June 15th 2014, this will give us a little over a month to finish the vest, but don’t worry– it will go by quickly.

I hope you’ll join the KAL! See you in the Ravelry group!

Its that time of year again! What better way to celebrate Earth Day than with a sale on the Farmer’s Market Bag?! Save $2.oo off this pattern today through Saturday, April 26th, 2014.  No coupon code needed!

Time to vote for the next KAL.  I thought we could do a spring/summer garment so that we aren’t boiling over when knitting this season.  Make sure you cast your vote here (below)!!! Your options are: Aviva, Silver Lining, Rippling Lace & Olga’s Vest:

CAST YOUR VOTE – Which garment pattern should we knit for the next KAL?

pollcode.com free polls 

 As usual there will be a prize given to one or more of the KAL participants.  The prrize will be announced along with the KAL once it has been voted on.  Please make sure to cast your vote by April 26th, 2014.  Happy voting!

Last week I promised to share photos of the finished shawls from the Striped Tooth Shawl KAL.  Here are a few of the finished shawls:

Jenni from California

Ravelry - Jensknittingstuff

Laurie from Madison, Wisconsin

Ravelry - Theschwamm

Jenny from Somerville, Massachusetts

Ravelry - orangecat

Laura from Westfield, New Jersey

Ravelry - LauraGB

Kathy from Maidenhead, United Kingdom

Ravelry - scarfaholic

I would like to thank everyone who joined in on the Striped Tooth Shawl KAL.  It was a great success.  I think everyone managed to have fun, knit a new project and create a “close knit” community in the Ravelry group.  As promised there are three KAL winners (picked completely at random),  Drum roll please….

1st prize – Orangecat (please email me with your mailing address so that I can mail your prize).

2nd & 3rd prizes – Kastsubear & Theschawmm (please email me with the three patterns of your choice from my Ravelry store).

Here is a picture of my finished Striped Tooth Shawl.  I know it isn’t the greatest picture, and the ends weren’t woven in yet.  But since I have woven them in… now I just need to block the thing.  I’ll try to get that done this week.

I hope to have more pictures of the other finished shawls later this week.  Please check back soon for the pictures of the other finished shawls as well as the vote for the next KAL that we will be starting in May.  I will be giving the options of 3-4 summery garments and of course there will be a prize!

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