This Friday—New Year's Day—the second annual Blue Peninsula Selfish Knitting KAL begins. I hope you'll join us—it's a chance to slow down after the holiday bustle and knit something special for yourself.
We have some lovely prizes this time: a skein of Elemental Affects Cormo Fingering (at 550 yards, it's just right for Hop Brook or another fingering weight project); 2) a pretty set of Lavender Hill Knits stitch markers; and 3) a Ravelry "sheep mistake" pouch. (What's the mistake? The first "l" is missing from Romeldale.)
The KAL runs from January 1 through Sunday, February 7. Any of my designs are eligible, and you can make more than one if you're feeling ambitious.
I'll also be releasing a new cowl pattern Friday. Since it will be my first pattern of 2016, and it's being published on the first day of the New Year, I'm calling it Erste (which means "first" in German).
More about the cowl soon ... but if you're wondering whether you've got suitable yarn in your stash, here are the details: you'll need 300 yards of sportweight yarn and a US5 24-inch circular (or size needed to produce a gauge of 5.5 stitches per inch in stockinette). I used Plucky Knitter Traveler Sport—a luxurious blend of merino, silk, and yak that begs to be worn around the neck.
Last but not least, the Yarn + Pattern Giveaway for projects posted in the Blue Peninsula FO thread ends Thursday, December 31. Don't forget to post your FOs to be in the running for a free pattern and a skein of yarn (your choice) from End of the Row Yarns.
I'd better get back to editing cowl photos now. Hope you have a fun and safe New Year's Eve!