Thank you so much for joining this event! I'm so excited for all the knitting fun we're going to have together. To get started, you'll need the project information, which you can purchase in my shop, or on Ravelry. Next, you'll need to find yarn to make your toy. In the project information I've included details about the yarns you'll need. I'll also make a separate post below about my own toy, showing you what I'll be using and why. Finally, we'll all have to wait until the start on April 8! If you can't wait that long, please sign up as a site member, and say hello here. I'd love to see who's participating!
Even if you don't want to become a site member, you'll want to visit this forum after each pattern section is released during the KAL. Not only will I show you my progress, with plenty of photos, I'll be available to answer any questions from the KAL group.
I'm so sorry! I was so busy trying to make sure I had posted about my KAL everywhere, I forgot about the new forums page on my website! I'll get you up to date, while trying to keep it brief.
Last week I sent out the first clue for the KAL: it made the front and back of a shirt, with an intarsia design of a cute animal face! I've seen a few people's projects, and they're turning out very cute! Even people less experienced at intarsia have managed okay. (Also, if you have trouble with charts, I've written out the instructions. Just email me, and I can send those to you).
This week's clue has just gone out, so I don't want to spoil the surprise too much! You'll get to finish the shirt you started, and make the first part of the toy. There's lots of images in the photo file I include with the pattern, so make sure to check them out.
Here's the yarn I'll be using for my KAL project. The toy will use Berroco Vintage in colours mushroom (5104) for yarn A and mochi (5101) for yarn B. The outfit will use Knit Pick’s Palette in blush (23718) for yarn A, suede (24242) for yarn B, and white (23728) for yarn C. The Vintage yarn is quite practical for toys, and becomes soft and slightly plush after washing. I'm using the Palette yarn because I had lots of colours, but it works well for intarsia designs, and also becomes softer after washing.
When choosing yarns for your KAL toy, look for colours similar to these - white or a light cream, and a warm tan or light brown colour. If you really don't have any browns that will work, try a light golden colour, or other warm, light tone. The toy uses intarsia, so you'll want a yarn with a bit of texture (anything too shiny or slippery will make the colourwork more difficult). Even better if the yarn fluffs up a bit after washing, as that will help fill out and smooth the designs.
When choosing yarns for the outfit, you'll have more options for the colours. The main colour (yarn A) can really be whatever you like, as long as it contrasts with yarn B. Above you can see I've chosen a light pink for my main colour, and a caramel colour for yarn B. The third colour, yarn C, is only used for small details, so you don't need very much. Again, because the outfit has an intarsia design, you'll want a yarn with some texture, like a wool or wool blend.
Is the photo the yarn you will be using?