Time to get started on our summertime fun! We have a couple exciting adventures to kick-off in July: our KAL and the Boob-A-Thon.
Announcing the TKE Summer 2008 Knit-a-long!
For our summer knitting, we wanted something light and airy, something that we could wear before the season was over, and something that might help us learn a few new skills together. Along came Knitty and the perfect project: The Seascape Shawl. This gorgeous lace shawl makes the perfect KAL. The lace is challenging enough to keep the experienced knitters interested, and a great first step for the lace newbies.
As always, there really aren't any rules to our KAL, and there is absolutely no cost. It is a wonderful chance to knit a great pattern with really incredible people.
To sign up, simply let me know that you are in, and what yarn you'll be using. To accommodate summer schedules, we're having a rolling start. Some are casting on this week - perhaps at Knit at Night. Others, including myself will start next Saturday, July 5. And the official kick-off will be Saturday, July 12 from 2 - 4pm at the shop. At that time, those of us who got a head start will be available to help you out if you have any questions.
Remember, you can join at any time, and you don't have to be in Brunswick to participate. We have a couple distance knitters already signed up for the fun!
The roll call thus far:
Adrienne - Spunky Eclectic Summer
Chesley - not sure yet
Diana - Helen's Lace
Emily - Alpaca Cloud
Jen - Friends Folly 50/50
Patti - Spunky Lace in green
Peggy - Café Au Lait
Pam - Hempathy
Sandy - Kid Seta
Sara - Spunky Lace in Shark
Come on and join us!
Now, I know you're wondering what this Boob-A-Thon is all about. Well, remember my plea a while back for more knitted knockers? See here for story and details. Turns out that the need is even greater than I thought. Kim, the coordinator for the Breast Health Center at MidCoast Hospital has told me they are in desperate need for more boobies for their patients. The women love them and greatly appreciate receiving something that looks and feels so much better than the silicone ones.
They are easy and fun to make - not to mention the perfect travel project for summer.
I want to see how many we can make this summer, so I'm organizing a little incentive to make it interesting. For every booby you make to donate to the shop (most will be sent to the local hospital, but we will keep some in the shop for women who come to us directly - and they do!), your name will be entered into a drawing to win really cool prizes, including: a gift certificate to The Knitting Experience Café, a skein of Spunky Eclectic yarn and a skein of Spunky Handspun generously donated by Amy King, a gift certificate donated by the MidCoast Breast Health Center, and other cool knitterly prizes that I will throw in as the summer progresses. (If you know of anyone who might like to donate a prize, please ask them to contact me. )
Details: The pattern can be found here. We are in most need of sizes A, B, and C. Recommended yarns are those that are soft to the skin, washable, and breathe. My favorites are Debbie Bliss baby cashmerino, and Cascade's pima tencel. We will provide the filling, so please leave an opening of 2 " and a long tail.
You can start anytime. I'll keep you updated on our progress. We'll have a drawing for prizes at the end of July, and perhaps another at the end of August.