Posted in Knit-a-Long, knitting

Spring knitting and a completely unrelated photo from our 2019 trip to Sedona

Hello everyone and Happy May!  I hope this finds you well.

My daily work (non-knitting related) has been quite brain-consuming since October, so my creative output has been low.  This has been frustrating to me – I see many lovely designs being published, and not one of them is mine.

So…the Uplift Make Along (UMAL) has been a great boon.  Permission to knit someone else’s design!  Fun sharing things like pictures of yarn and swatches.  WIP progress reports.  I love that when someone “likes” my post or photo, I receive notification that they “cheered” my contribution.  It’s all very…cheerful!!

The good news is that it’s very low-key…if you’d like to join, you can join at any time – just click on the link in my link tree in the sidebar (or at the bottom of the post, if you are viewing on a phone).  More good news, the UMAL goes through the end of June, so there is plenty of time to join in the fun.  We are continually adding to a UMAL Pinterest board, categorized by project type.  Here’s the Pinterest board:  UMAL Pinterest board

Here’s the progress I’m making on my Arkenstone Sweater, pattern by Ruth Brasch.

I’m making it in Malabrigo Washted in the colorway Aguas.  It’s working up into a lofty and squishy fabric, and I’m enjoying the lace/cables combo.  Now I want to attempt designing a sweater with a similar yoke construction.


Other than working on this sweater, I’ve swatched some fabulous yarn by Denise Voie de Vie. I’m seeing a Spring/Summer top in these colors.  They look like a garden party!  The colorways are Day Lilies and Greenfest.


More swatching to happen soon with yarn just ordered from Amanda Hope Yarn – the same bases used in last year’s pumpkin design, It’s Fall, Y’all. The fabric created by holding together the Aussie Extra Fine Merino and the Superkid Mohair/Silk is wonderfully soft and shimmery – very chic, elegant, and divine.  I’m seeing a summer top in this yarn as well.  The best things are the colorways: the main color is called Gauguin’s Joyousness, with Pumpkin as the contrasting color. I just couldn’t pass by that beautiful exuberance of color in Gauguin’s Joyousness!  Plus, joy! – always catches my eye when someone else uses it in naming something.  I can’t wait to start swatching with this beautiful yarn!


So…if you want to jump in and enjoy some low-pressure knitting fun, come join us at the UMAL.  I wish you a fabulous Friday and a great weekend.

xoxo

Carol

Posted in KAL, Knit-a-Long, knitting, Make Along

The Uplift Make Along (happy dance)

Woo hoo! Doing a happy dance over here!  “Why??” you may ask.  Because there’s a new and fun make along called the Uplift Make Along (UMAL), and I’ve found it and it’s fun!  It’s welcoming and supportive, and it’s a way to meet new friends and find new designers.

The purpose of the UMAL is to support the work of less-known independent knitting, crochet, and Tunisian crochet designers. Like all MALs, it’s a place to share WIPs and finished projects and to cheer each other on. There will be prizes. The UMAL began April 1 and goes through June 30, so there’s plenty of time to finish a project. It’s hosted on a user-friendly platform, but you can also participate simply by making something by a less-known designer and tagging #UpliftMakeAlong on Instagram. If you’d like to join the UMAL, here is your invitation!  If you’d like to read up on the UMAL, here’s an informative blog post written by founder Ruth Brasch.

Today is Support Sunday in the Uplift Make Along, and here are four designers I’ve met whose designs I’m loving.

I recently tested Ruth Brasch‘s Arkenstone Hat.  The cable was enticing, and the finished design was terrific, so I cast on her Arkenstone Sweater.  I think I will have to rethink the yarn I’m using, but I’m so excited to be working on someone else’s sweater!  I love the top part of the back (and the cables, of course).

Ruth’s Arkenstone Sweater

New to me is designer Liz Corke.  I found these fingerless mitts, and I think they are so delicate and elegant.  I’m looking for just the right fingering weight in my stash.  These are the Dromanach Mitts.

Liz Corke’s Dromanach Mitts

I’ve also gotten to chat a bit with the lovely Mona Z, also known as bunnymuff.  Her colorwork designs are fun and fabulous.  I’ve loved this one since it first came out:

Such is the Quality of Bees Blanket by Mona Z

I think this sheep toy of hers is just about perfect:

Gladys Sheep Toy by Mona Z

And I purchased this hat pattern.  The colors are so happy, and I really want to try the Roosimine (or Roositud) technique.  It’s a type of Estonian inlay and sort of looks like embroidery.

Ice Ribbons Hat by Mona Z

Now, I was very happy when a couple of people commented on My Sense of Direction Mitts.  It’s always fun when something you’ve designed calls to someone else.  Designer You-Shan Feng is making these mitts, yay!  This morning she posted on Instagram:

My Sense of Direction Mitts by You-Shan Feng (yarncontortions on IG)

This picture she edited was so diverting that it led to another episode of what I like to call “Why Carol is a bad cook.”  When the post notification popped up on my phone, I had to write a response right that moment.  I completely forgot that I had pancakes cooking on the stove.  Needless to say, the pancakes were pretty decimated .  End of story:  burnt crusts removed, pancakes consumed – despite a slight burnt taste.

You-shan’s designs (currently available on Ravelry) are jaw-droppingly amazing to me, so I wanted to share a couple here.

New sweater ready for testing by You-Shan Feng

And this one, which she is making according to a friend’s design preferences:

New design by You-Shan Feng

If you join the Uplift Make Along on the platform, you’ll be able to find all of these lovely designers, and more.  My thanks to them for allowing me to share these photos here.


I’ve added some new linky things to the blog’s sidebar.  Especially check out the Link Tree.  Now you’ll easily be able to find links to whatever’s going on in Knit Equals Joy land.

I hope you all have a great week.  Maybe you’ll even join me for future episodes of “Why Carol is a bad cook.”  😉

And I hope to share more about the UMAL over the next few months.

xoxo

Carol