Rather than knitting MrC's birthday socks I'm joining KALs!
Giftalon (GAL) is starting tomorrow! Until then I can't search the patterns, though I can now see all of the designers and their bundles. There's a few that I had my eye on last year who aren't participating this year, but I'm sure that I'll find a good few new to me designers.
On to Knitvent 2016.
The first two patterns have been released. The first one, Alpine Sunset. is a small shawl, with garter stitch beginning and then lace and beads. This shawl has a greater lace sectin, so although I'm about to start the beading and lace, I've only done 20% andthat's the fastest bit!
The yarn ihas lost its label, but this is a lovely deep red with possibly some silk content. I didn't get around to taking a progress photo (on Saturday, when it was sunny!) so this is an indoor shot this morning, with no daylight! It's a lovely deep red, that obvious here.
It's chevron shaping, involving (so far) a double decrease and mirrored increases. M1r and m1l. After the frist m1r I decided to just do the whole lot as m1l. I'm not as fussy these days, and don't think it's going to show that much once the shawl's blocked. When I think back to my early days of shawl knitting, when I'd only knit laceweight and used a measuring stick to block out shawls! I foudn that I'd never wear the lacewegiht ones, especially the bigger ones, so now knit with 4 ply and sometimes thicker weights.
The second pattern is Boreal Forest cowl. The pattern calls for worsted weight yarn in thrtee colours, In the pattern it's teal, natural and sand. you need contrasting colours, and I don't have much in the way of lighter colours, so I pulled out what I call the baby box yarn. This is Debbie Bliss baby cashmerino, some soft oddballs (all washable!) and intended to use the Baby Cashmerino as I know I have plenty in stash. But found some cream and denim Cashmerino Aran - excellent! I cast on last nigt and am 40% done! This might have something to do with the fact that I'm knitting a smaller circumference cowl and using aran weight yarn. The measurements in the pattern are 30" circumference and nearly 13" deep - just not right for me. I like either a narrower single loop or a double loop which I can fold twice.
I've cast on 88 stitches instead of 168 and will work each pattern until I feel it's long enough, Think that I'll stop at about 10" (depending also on yardage I have!)