Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Springtime Bandit KAL Kick-off--Better than the Super Bowl! :)


Hello and happy Wednesday everyone!  I am so excited about today, I am positively bursting with energy!  For one, I am thrilled to be kicking off this super fun KAL for the Springtime Bandit Shawl from the Fibre Company.  Other reasons I am excited may include; this pattern is super fun to knit, Courtney and Kate from The Fibre Company are going to be joining us on the Ravelry group throughout this KAL, and lastly...the yarn. It’s AMAZING!!!

The Original "Bandit" by
Kate Gagnon Osborn
Terra in Mint

For those of you not familiar with The Fibre Company’s Terra yarn yet, now’s the time to check it out!  Terra is a ridiculously soft blend of baby alpaca, silk, and wool and it’s absolutely to die for!  I chose the "Mint" color which combines light, cool green with a more intense sea foam for purely stunning color.  If you are interested in testing out this luscious stuff, the Springtime Bandit Kit is currently the Jimmy Beans Wool Kit of the Month and it’s available for 20% off!  That’s basically like getting an employee discount!  Woo-hoo!

Ok, now for the KAL part.  Some of you may be wondering why we chose the Springtime Bandit pattern.  “But it’s fall-- this pattern is inspired by spring,” you might be thinking.  True story.  But the Springtime Bandit pattern is super warm and fuzzy and perfect for wearing in cold weather.  Not to mention that it consists of a lovely leafy pattern that works equally well for fall.  I think it’s perfect.  I hope you do too!

I cast on last weekend and was able to get through the first chart and twice through the 2nd chart before running out of yarn on the first hank.  On size 9 needles, I am amazed at how quickly this project is progressing!  It’s simple to follow, and really fun as well.  I've Raveled my progress here.  What a great pattern.  Kudos to Kate over at The Fibre Company for dreaming this one up!   
Never-mind the festive
tablecloth... :) 


Like in our last KAL--the Larch Shawlette in the Lorna's Laces Endless Possibilities yarn, once again we find ourselves mainly following a chart.  This chart in particular is very well mapped out and easy to understand.  It has an awesome, very detailed key with it as well.  If anyone gets lost or stuck, please remember that you can reach me for technical stuff on the Ravelry thread or at my e-mail: kristen(at)jimmybeanswool(dot)com.  I am happy to help!

This yarn has amazing
stitch definition!

If anyone participating in the KAL is going to be in the bay area (California) next weekend, I’ll be at the Interweave Knitting Lab in San Mateo at the Jimmy Beans Wool/ Muench Yarns Booth!  Feel free to stop by for some one-on-one advice.  We’ll be filming our fun Jimmy Beans Videos while we are there, so if you are feeling brave maybe you could jump on camera too. :)  It’s going to be a ton of fun! 

Good luck getting started on your “Bandits” and welcome to the Jimmy Beans Fall KAL!
Happy knitting,
Kristen
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1 comment:

Sara Kist said...

I cast on this morning! Very excited about using this fabulous yarn.