I have never participated in a KAL (knit-along). I rarely follow patterns (though I often start out with the intent that I will), so the idea of knitting from a pattern that is doled out in pieces over several weeks has always sounded well – painful and annoying!
As Thor and I are planning on settling in Portland, Oregon, however, I have been busy testing the knitting waters. They are quite welcoming! Not only have I started meeting up to knit with other knitters at a local New Seasons grocery store (which seems to be the Pacific Northwest’s version of Whole Foods), but I signed up for my first KAL. The KAL, designed by Portland native Michele Lee Bernstein aka PDXKnitterati, is in honor of the Rose City Yarn Crawl. (By the way, Portland is also known as PDX and Rose City.)
The initial instructions for the KAL recommend using semi-solid or solid colors. Michele notes: “Think sky or rain (this is Portland, after all) for one of the colors, and your favorite flower color for the other. You’ll want to have a lot of contrast or pop between the two colors.
LYS For Yarn’s Sake (also a sponsor of the yarn crawl), recommended Knitted Wit‘s single-ply fingering weight, 100% super wash merino (4 oz./475 y) by local dyer Lorajean Kelley. As shown by this picture from her post, Michele selected one skein in a deep, rich burgundy and the other in a slightly blue-tinted silver.
The colors Michele chose are gorgeous, but I already have a lot of sweaters and scarves in the deep red-burgundy-eggplant color range. Also, as my hair is long and silver-white, I don’t like to wear light colors too close to my face, I selected Knit Wit different colors. I wanted to share them with you using not a piano but, continuing the musical theme in Michele’s picture, Thor’s classical guitar, handmade by luthier Michael Thames, as their support. :) These colors are Golden Delicious and Buckle My Shoes.
To tie these colors to the KAL theme, I guess I could say the blue skein looks somewhat like the waters of Crater Lake on a bright, sunny day, and the green skein reminds me of the fresh celery sold at the local farmer’s market.
In any event, I’d say these colors pop!