What is a Knit-along (KAL)? A Knit-along is a group if individuals making the same project at the same time, but independent of one another. Usually there is also a way to confer and share ideas or progress with others who are also participating in the KAL.
In honor of the late Cat Bordhi, Three Bags Full is sponsoring a Knit Along using one of Cat’s final patterns. The pattern was released in a blog post in which she informed her knitting fans of her impending death. As I write this, it seems so sad and morbid, but I truly feel it is a great way to honor Cat and her talent.
Cat was an inspiration to me when I started to knit socks. Her book, “Socks Soar on Two Circular Needles” inspired me to become a prolific sock knitter. It simplified the process for me by moving me from 4 double point needles to two circular needles. I was working on a pair of socks on two circulars when my knitting needles were confiscated by airport security on the way home from Ireland in 2007. The TSA attendant was kind enough to let me run over to a nearby souvenir shop to purchase and envelope and postage to mail my needles home to me. I figured that was the end of my two circular needles, but God bless the Irish, my needles arrive in the mail a few weeks later!
The pattern for the Rio Calina Cowl is very interesting. There is no distinct pattern. You cast on and let the spirit move you to create a unique cabled cowl. This was very hard for me when I started the cowl. I like to follow directions! I like to know what the end product will look like. But, honestly, the more I worked on the cowl and determined what I wanted the result to look like, the more I enjoyed making this cowl. This process has make me stop and think about my own inhibitions in knitting. It has given me the idea that maybe I can take other projects and add my own unique changes to produce even more special results. Cat really knew what she was doing. I hope this cowl will help teach you how to step away from step-by-step directions and “Let the River Carry You”.
You will need the pattern, which is available at the shop or click on the button below to get a copy of the pattern from Cat's website.
For the yarn, you will need 360 yards of a smooth worsted weight. The needles are 24" circular size USn7.
To complete the project you will need your imagination, free spirit and cable mojo!
Thi "Let the River Carry You Cowl KAL will begin on Sunday, January 17, 2021 and will end on Sunday, February 28, 2021. (Or when your cowl is finished) This should give you plenty of time to produce your finished cowl.
A great location to keep in touch is on Ravelry in the Three Bags Full Group, using the discussion board and topic "2021 Let the River Carry You Cowl KAL" . Post comments, pictures, progress updates etc. Don't forget to post a picture of your finished cowl to be entered in the contest for the Zeynep Shawl Kit.
Post pictures!!!!! Pictures of your progress and finished project. Use our Ravelry group discussion topic to post your progress and ask questions or let us know you are finished. Post a picture in the group thread (see link above) and you will be entered to win the Zeynep Cowl kit. We will draw the winner, on March 1, 2021, from everyone who posts a picture of their finished project!
To post a picture to the KAL Thread: Create your project on Ravelry and use the photos from your project in your reply to the KAL thread. Confused. Stay tuned to the Ravelry Thread - we'll help you out with step by step directions.