Wednesday, April 18, 2012

JBW Spring Knit-a-Long Kick-off and Roll Call!

Hello everyone! The JBW Spring KAL/SAL is finally here! We are so excited to get started! For those of you just tuning in, we are knitting the Goodale Cardigan by Cecily Glowik MacDonald. You can read all of the KAL/SAL details in last week’s post.

The response to this KAL on Ravelry so far has been huge! I am so thrilled to have so many of you join us in this KAL! At last count, four of us “beans” are participating as well: Jeanne, Terry, Leanne, and myself so I’ll share our projects with your as we go along!  I’ve got pictures of Jeanne’s, Terry’s and my starts to share today. Jeanne is cruising so fast already! I’ll need to work hard to catch up!

Jeanne's beautiful Goodale in Tosh Pashmina- Alizarin

So far, the pattern is going great! I was surprised at how easy the i-cord edge was once I got going! I don’t know what I thought it was going to be like, but it’s definitely a cinch!  Thanks to Jeanne who told me, “Just follow the directions literally and don’t over think it and you’ll be fine.” I’ll pass that same advice onto you all.  Seriously, you can do it.  

Look ma!  I'm knitting a sweater!
The Cascade Venezia is a dream
to work with and my new needles
aren't bad either!
I used this project as the perfect opportunity to try out the beautiful Ebony Wood needles that Sharon from Lantern Moon gave me during her recent visit to Reno. Thank you again so much Sharon, I love them!  Also, the beautiful beaded stitch markers were a gift for joining the Among Friends Yarn Club with independent hand dyers Sincere Sheep and Knitted Wit. There were just enough markers for this project and they are so pretty to look at while I'm knitting! 

Some of you have also already gotten started too and I encourage all of you to post project pics on the Ravelry Group. We love to see photos! I know for me it’s a great motivator. I'm going to work on it heavily in the next week so I can get you all some good progress pics too!

Here is Terry's project as well, she's using Jagerspun Heathers 2/8s Wool from her stash:

Although this is a fingering weight yarn,
when it is blocked it blooms
 to the perfect fullness!
Another thing to remember, I am available at any time to help with patterns.  You are welcome to join in the conversation on Ravelry at any time and have the group help you out or if you’d rather, feel free to e-mail me directly at: kristen@jimmybeanswool.com.  I am always here to help out and if I don’t know the answer, one of our other beans will!

Lastly, you may all have heard about the SAL portion of the KAL. Once again I just want to remind you that it’s not required you do the SAL to participate, we just thought it would be super fun to throw in a twist! I hope it will be a good excuse for many of us to dust off the old sewing machines!  


This is the super cute and simple skirt we'll be making from Brett Bara's book- Sewing in a Straight Line:


1-Hour Skirt
To help encourage some more sewing action, we are going to do a give-away with this KAL/SAL roll call!  The winner will receive 2 yards of a fabric of their choice from our website--enough to make the 1-hour skirt by Brett Bara that we’ve chosen for this SAL. To be eligible to win you must do two things: 1) participate in the KAL, 2) post a comment here to let us know what yarn you are knitting your Goodale with.  I’m going to leave this giveaway open until May 15th at Midnight (PST) for anyone who wants to join us late.  On Week 5 of the KAL/SAL, the week before we start to sew our skirts, I’ll randomly pick a winner and announce it!  
Thanks so much for joining us here and I look forward to knitting-a-long with you the next six weeks. It’s sure to be a lot of fun! We’ll be back next week with updates and stay tuned for guest blogs from both designers-- Cecily and Brett!  We are so excited to host them both here!

As always, Happy Knitting!
Kristen

33 comments:

Debrielle said...

Hi! I'm Debrielle & I just ordered my yarn yesterday. I can't wait till it comes so I can get started. I chose the Venezia Sport in Peacock Blue.

Brooke said...

Yay! Thank you for the shout out. I'm knitting my Goodale out of my Sincere Sheep Luminous in the color way 'Kung Hey Fat Choi'. As Lorajean mention on twitter (tattletale!)I've already started. I've finished the yoke and am now working on the body. I'll take a picture now so I can share!

Emma said...

I am hoping to cast on tonight. i am using a stash of ROwan Cashsoft DK - I hope it works out. I just blogged about it too. THis is my first knit alon - I hope I can keep up!!

Ellen said...

Checking in for roll call! My grasshopper Pashmina should be here shortly! Here I am on Rav!

http://www.ravelry.com/people/SadieVae

Kathryn said...

I'm in...just not casting on for awhile--but, I did buy my yarn tee hee ;)

Amy said...

I casted on last night and will post a pictury on the Ravelry thread.

KnittawithAttitud said...

Joining in for roll call as well. Hope to at least gauge tonight, which means I need to get a move on!

Emma said...

Hi guys,
I've just ordered my yarn and fabric - I chose Venezia in Cranberry, and a gorgeous Kaffe Fasset print. I'm making it for my daughter - can't wait for my parcel to arrive!

Terry said...

Checking in although you already know I'm in. ;>

Barb said...

Roll Call! I am in and on my 5th increase. I am alternating my 3 skeins of Tosh in Calligraphy. It is a fun pattern except for the increases!

Gloria said...

I'm checking in. I'll have some catching up to do, since I just ordered my yarn last night. I'm planning on using Silky Wool in Black Current. I can't wait!

kathy rudd said...

Hi there! This is Kathy starting her swatch today. I picked up my yarn yesterday and was drawn to the Venezia Sport in peacock blue. After logging on, I see that Kristen is using it too! Funny!

forensicgrl@sbcglobal.net said...

I'm in! I hope to cast on tonight. I'm making my Goodale in Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool in Thundercloud.

:-) Sara

srcureton said...

I will be making my Goodale in Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sport. I got guage on my swatch-now I just need to cast on!
-Sara

Sylvia said...

Roll call...here! Plan is to use some silky wool in my stash. Will be swatting today, casting on tomorrow,

Zelababy said...

Signing in for roll call! I'm using Madelinetosh Dk in Cove. The color is gorgeous if I say so myself! tee hee.....Glad to see so many joining in!

Happy Knitting & Sewing!
Diane

jan said...

started actually knitting this morning , the pattern is going great just remember to keep written or clicker counts on the yoke part but very easy pattern, having a blast

Tina LeBlanc said...

I'm participating. I ordered the pattern, needles and yarn from JBW yesterday. I am using the Cascade Venezia Sport in Navy. I plan to do both the KAL and SAL.

Anonymous said...

i'm going to do both the SAL and KAL. what a cool idea to combine both projects!

-meems (benzngems on rav)

Madeleine said...

Checked in yesterday, but I don't see my comment here so I will try again! I'm in! Using Silky Wool...so far so good...only a few rows done.

Lisa said...

I started the Goodale last night using Peacock Blue Cascade Venezia Sport. This is knitting up very nicely.

woolwoman said...

Hi - Melody here aka Woolwoman - I am still on the fence about the yarn choice - I am interested in trying Arroyo and have been perusing what JBW has in stock. Having a hard time deciding so for now I am just a lurker but I'll make up my mind soon and get off the fence. Thanks Melody

Freaky Knitter said...

I am loving this pattern, the yarn I chose and just having a blast with everyone!! Kristen thanks so much for hosting this and I am now back on track after have to rip back a few rows due to knitter's error, or the cat your choice ha ha!!!

Melody go for the Arroyo it's beautiful!! I was just petting it this morning...yummy!! Jeanne

Jeanie said...

I joined the Kal and am using Madelinetosh pashmina in Victorian Gothic- can't wait to get started! Thanks for this fun knit along! Jeanie

zenknitternow said...

Hi. Zenknitternow here. Please include me in the KAL, can't start for a bit, finishing WIP. Have the pashmina in both ink and dahlia. Need to choose.

Unknown said...

I'm in and using Madelinetosh Tosh DK in the colorway Grenadine.

Anonymous said...

I'm in! I'm using Cascade Provence In a very pretty blue. It's knitting up nicely!
Holly

mary said...

I'm in with Madelinetosh Sport in Silver Fox for my Goodale. I'm excited!

LaurainATL said...

I'm in! I hope to finally swatch this weekend. I have a trip to France coming up in a week and need some plane knitting. I am re-purposing some Silky Wool in Fluorite Blue, a bright medium teal-ish blue.

Deb Stoner said...

Hi I'm Deb from Northern CA and i just got my order of the Pasmina in color Vermillion so I'm ready to start! this is my first online KAL so I'm jazzed...

Jane said...

I'm in! Just ordered my pattern and some Plymouth Dreambaby DK in Raspberry, so y'all have a head start, but it means there will be lots of comments for me to check if I have any problems. I've entered so many contests, it's about time the random generator picks my number!

Syknits said...

Please add me to roll call. I just started this week and am knitting up tosh sport in opaline, seriously I lOve this color

Diane said...

I'm in!