Day 18 of #blogjune
I try to learn one new thing every year and I decided at the start of 2013 that this would be the year to learn fair isle knitting. The fates arranged for me to connect with a lovely knitter, knitting teacher and blogger Knittingsarah who, on New Year’s Day, posted an idea for a year long knitalong to knit one Christmas ball a month from Arne and Carlos’s 55 Christmas balls to knit. I’d got the book as a Christmas present a year earlier but had never got around to starting so this was my chance! It would be so much more fun with other people knitting along, the more the merrier, and so the Merry Knitalong was born.
A little while later Martine of the wonderful iMake podcast mentioned on her blog that she too wanted to learn fair isle knitting so I suggested that she might like to join Sarah’s Merry Knitalong too. Even better, Martine offered to co-host the knitalong via her iMake Ravelry forum and so the Merry Knitalong became even bigger and better. It has been the greatest pleasure to be involved and to get to know Sarah and Martine through the year.
The June challenge in the Merry Knitalong is the Heart and here it is, just finished today. I really enjoyed making this one.
We’re only half way through 2013 and I already have quite a collection of Christmas balls — they’re going to look very special on the Christmas tree at the end of the year.
The Merry Knitalong is also featured in episode 52 of Martine’s iMake podcast “Crafty pals”. Pop over and have a listen.
Oh, and sometimes you even get to hear from Arne and Carlos…