Photo credit: Joseph Feller
I think most of us knitters love ourselves a knit-a-long. Why wouldn’t we really? A KAL is made up of at least three of the things we knitters love the most; a fun pattern, wonderful yarns in great colors and other knitters working all together with a common goal. Actually it would be 4 things because at the end you have a lovely knit to wear that you made!!! All kinds of win!
It is also all kinds of fun on this end, especially when you get to work with people you like and respect. Choosing yarn with fiber type and weight in mind that works the best with the construction the designer has percolating. After we choose the yarn then working on a color palette that works for the season we are in and also with the design scheme. Lastly making sure all those aspects work together for a cohesive whole.
I had two of my favorite words in mind when working on our end of the KAL experience, collaboration and community. Collaboration with the designer and then again with knitter feedback and the community that just is knitting! Phot0 credit: Joseph Feller
Okay so here are the details for our part of Carol’s lovely Santa Rosa Plum KAL:
Marine Silk Sport in the 4 skein kit size!
We decided that Marine Silk Sport was a perfect yarn for a spring/summer cardigan. Lighter with all the silk in it and with an added drape benefit. I love our Marine Silks they are so soft and sleek with a nice sheen and… they take dye quite nicely!
We are offering a 15% discount on our Marine Silk Sport from now until early June. The discount is good for both the gradient kits I’ve put together and also for skeins of Marine Silk Sport not in kits. In order to get your 15% off you have to sign up with Carol and then she will email you the discount code.
I have been wanting to do gradient kits for awhile now but…all kinds of other things seem to take precedent so when Carol asked me to do this I thought to myself perfect, now I have the best excuse to start some grading.
As we worked on this Carol and I decided that these needed to be more subtle gradients so that the changes between them flowed. The Plum colored kit does have the most variation. So I did some tweaking to make sure the colors met well. It does make things a little tricky on the production end of all this. However, we have color-coded tabs and we know how to use them!!! I made up a whole system!
4 skein kit = sizes 34 and 36
5 skein kit = sizes 38.75, 40 and 42.75
6 skein kit = sizes 44.75, 47.25 and 49.25
(The kits are priced a tiny bit higher than single skeins because it is quite a bit more labor intensive for us.)
I did the color creating and photography for the kits in our Featherlight which takes the dye in a similar way as the Marine Silk. Because of the Sea Cell aspect, Marine Silk, does take the dye a bit lighter so keep this in mind when ordering. We will be offering these and more gradient kits in the near future in our Featherlight yarn.
One can most certainly knit this lovely summer cardi in a shaded solid! Also if you want a more dramatic color shift then choosing and putting together colors from our shaded solids will also work. For example one could choose: Enchanted Forest, Spawn of Scum, Pond Scum and Primordial Ooze. I know my scummy heart would love that one. Or you could get really crazy and mix it up with maybe some Smoke on the Water, Morticia, Boysenberry and Orchid Queen, so very many colorful places to go.
As always please do let us know if we can help you choose! It’s truly one of my favorite jobs, color collaboration!
Okay I think that covers most of the details on our end of things.