**I feel I should tell you in advance, that this is a very long post. You might like to take a moment and go get a cup of tea before you settle down.**
Happy Monday to you! I hope you enjoyed a most lovely spring weekend, I know I enjoyed all the warm sunshine and fresh air.
As promised in last Friday’s post, I have returned to give you all the details about my leighside knit along. As I write this now, I realize I feel both excited and frightened. I am really, really excited to have some of my friends join me here on this adventure of mine (friends always make things feel better). But I am frightened, too, because all of this is new to me (what if this is a total flop? what if I make mistakes? when I do, how will I fix them?).
So, having said all that, it is in the spirit of nothing ventured, nothing gained, that I commence:
My (rather loftly) goals for this knit along are to develop a little community vibe here at leighside knits, as well as to share a feeling of connection with friends we both know and friends who remain yet undiscovered. It is because of this goal that this knit along is meant to be a little celebration of, and between, friends, too.
As I described in my last post, I believe knitting groups to be very special places where magical things can happen all because of a shared passion for making beautiful things with string and two needles (or lately, just two arms!). I have had the privilege of spending time with old friends and getting to know new ones, too, by attending knitting groups and knitting workshops. These moments shared together have vastly enriched both the quality and meaning to my life, and it is because of this I want to share an opportunity, with any of you who would like to join me, to gather together here, and share a little about ourselves and what we are knitting.
Personally, I could talk for hours about knitting, so naturally, this knit along sounds like a lot of fun to me. I hope sounds like fun to you, too.
So, what does this leighside knit along involve, and, more importantly, how can you get involved?
Well, first you need to know that there are three theme words intended to direct this knit along.
These words are: Friendship, Feminine and Pretty. I have chosen these words for several reasons, the first word for reasons that I think I’ve already made clear; the second two because they feel fitting to our present season (in the northern hemisphere, anyway). Spring is a time of delicate flowers like daffodils, tulips (you know how much I love those!), hyacinths, and crocuses as well as a time to wear bare legs and lightweight dresses with little cardigans. I also think of new Easter outfits and fragrant white lilies.
However, I also associate the words Feminine and Pretty with my (and some of my other retreat friends’) choice of pattern for this knit along by the knitwear designer, Bonnie Sennott (of Blue Peninsula), with whom I feel most lucky to have met at a retreat last fall and have begun to develop a little friendship with as a result. These rather inspiring friends and I have chosen to knit some of Bonnie’s patterns in an attempt to surprise her with a little show of support and appreciation for her design work (she felt very honoured, yay!).
How can you join the leighside knit along?
Well, first you will need to choose a project to knit, maybe it is one you are already working on, or maybe it is an excuse to go out and buy some seriously soul-shaking new yarn that you have always wanted to knit with and find that perfect new pattern (like me!). And while nothing would please me more than to have you choose one of Bonnie’s patterns to knit along with us, it is more important to me that you to knit something that really excites you. Ideally it would be pretty and feminine, but maybe it is pretty ugly or hardly feminine at all. Like I said, whatever project that gets you excited to knit is the perfect project for this leighside knit along.
Then, you need to leave a comment in the reply section of this post (you must click on today’s post title to get there), stating your interest in participating in the knit along. Make sure you leave me your email address (it is often required to write your address to leave a comment anyway, it will not be used for another purpose than this knit along) so I can email these following questions to you (make sure you are checking your junk mail, too). Only the first question is obligatory to answer in order to participate:
1. What project are you knitting? Who is the designer? What yarn have you chosen for your project?
2. Choose one of the theme words and describe what that word means to you. Does it remind you of an event, or a person or a place that you have a special association with?
3. Choose one (or all) of the following to answer:
*Do you have a favourite quote or saying that you would like to share?
* Can you tell me what method, or style, of knitting you use? I.e., Are you a continental style/yarn in the left hand picker, american/british/style right handed thrower or cottage industry/lever style, needle tucked under your arm knitter?
* How long have you been knitting?
* What is your favourite fibre to knit with? Why?
Once you have answered these questions (remember, the only one you must answer is the first question) and taken a photo of the project you are knitting (even if you haven’t cast on yet), email this information back to me.
I will then post each of your little Q&A on the leighside knits blog throughout the duration of the knit along that begins officially April 22nd, 2014 and closes May 16th, 2014. The frequency of these Q&A posts depends entirely on how many people choose to join (I may also need to set some deadlines for joining). I would also like you to share a final photo of your progress so we can all ooo and ahhh over your project here on leighside knits. You should not feel pressured to finish your project during this time (but what a bonus if you do!), remember the goal of this knit along is to have fun, to learn something you didn’t know about knitting and knitters, and to connect and celebrate with friends both old and new.
As an extra bonus surprise, I am doing a giveaway for one lucky knitter who joins me here before May 9th, 2014 (I will have one of my sons draw a name from a hat, I’m not very sophisticated I’m afraid). The winner will be announced on May 16th.
Once contacted, I will send this, a skein of Manos del Uruguay, Fino, as well as your own personal copy of Blue Peninsula’s birchleaf pattern (it’s one of my favourites) from me, to the winner.
Thank you for bearing with me throughout this rather long post today. I hope you will join me on this leighside knit along and prepare yourself to have lots of fun knitting and getting to know more about other knitters. I will kick off this knit along next Tuesday, April 22nd with my own answers to the Q&A and a little sneak peak into the beautiful project I have chosen to do (did I say I was excited?). Until then, it’s top secret! Have a most lovely day!
Remember, if you would like to join me, leave a comment in the reply section of this post and I will get in touch with you as quick as I can. Thanks!