Something New

This month I decided to branch out a bit and hit two birds with one stone (being vegetarian, I would rather not kill birds – I would rather not hit birds, but that is how the expression goes…)  First, I decided to join a KAL.  Not only that, but this KAL happened to involve a series of classes in it’s process.

The project?

The Tech Square Afghan.  This is an afghan composed of 12 squares, each exploring a different knitting technique – from Cabling to Fair Isle as well as finishing techniques.  In all, it will allow me to learn techniques I’ve never used as well as perfect the techniques I’ve been using for years.  (For instance, I finally know how to properly execute a provisional cast-on.  What a “Duh” moment that was!)

Once a month, a group of KALers get together at the Mosaic Yarn Studio to work on one square of the afghan together.  Seeing as how there are 12 squares to the afghan, it lines up perfectly with the 12 months in the year.  This project is going to take a loooooong time.  Haha.  My main goal of doing this is to get out and socialize as a 1) Knitter, 2) newbie to the area, and 3) young mom (it is difficult to find people – gals – I have a lot in common with; so knitting moms, no matter the age, I tend to bond with easily).

Well, January was Cables and Lace:

I am using Ella Rae Classic.  I don’t know what I was thinking with this weird Salmon color.  Originally, this skein was going to be used in the Selbu mittens, and next to the gray it looked great.  Then, I decided to go more classic with the mittens and substituted white instead.  So, when this KAL began and the shop suggested using Ella Rae, I thought: “Wonderful! I already have a ball I have no clue what to do with!” and so, the afghan commenced on a rather granny note.  I do not want this to end up like one of those whacked out acrylic afghans everybody’s granny made them in the 70s (you know you have one in your closet!).  I’m hoping to pump it up a bit with some more darker berry colors and maybe a cream and a brown to offset the colorful nature with some neutral tones.  The only thing I can really do now is wait and see how it develops every month.

Check in again mid-February for the next installment: INCREASES!


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