Planning a KAL; knit Garland with me!

Thanks for the warm welcome for my new Garland Shawl pattern! It was even on Ravelry’s Hot Right Now list on launch day. I happened on it late that night, so who knows how high it went? It was a special thrill to see this!

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I’m really looking forward to hosting the Garland Shawl KAL. I’ve picked my yarn color. I thought I’d be knitting a narrower version of Garland in the same Spring Green as my wide version, but I changed my mind and will be knitting with Knitted Wit’s Cashy Lite in Peacock, another lovely green with blue undertones.

I’ve shopped for beads. There was an impromptu trip to Shipwreck Beads in Lacey, WA (quite the mothership of beads) last week. I was hoping for size 6/0 or 8/0 Delica beads (they’re little tubes), but they only had size 11, which are too tiny for this project. I bought 6/0 Czech seed beads instead. I’m hoping one of these two colors work. And I bought a few other things, too…

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I’ll be using my Bead Aid to place beads in my Garland. I like this method so much better than the crochet hook method because I don’t accidentally split my yarn while pulling it through the bead. Here’s a chance for a lucky someone to try Bead Aid: Sarah gave me a set of two to give away on the blog. If you’d like a chance to win them, tell me in the comment section. I’ll pick a random winner on May 31. If you don’t win, there’s still time to order some from her; we’re casting on June 10. You don’t have to be part of the KAL to enter, but I’d love it if you’d knit along with me!

I’m planning a blog post on how to get the most mileage out of the yarn yardage you have. And I’m hoping you’ll join my PDXKnitterati Ravelry group; it will be easier to have back and forth discussion over there rather than on the blog. We’ve already got the ball rolling over there. Come join the fun! Not a Raveler? I’ll still answer questions here, too, but it feels like a party on Ravelry.

If you’re ordering yarn from Knitted Wit, you should know that orders are due by June 1. We’ll ship on June 5 for a June 10 cast on. I’m planning to make some stitch markers to send out with those orders, just for fun.

Not sure about knitting shawlettes? Mary Mooney gives you seven good reasons to knit one. Hey, we’re a trend!

Don’t forget to leave a comment if you’d like a chance to win the Bead Aids. Or comment on anything else you want to discuss. Knit on!

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23 responses to “Planning a KAL; knit Garland with me!

  1. I would love the try the Bead Aid; if it is easier than a crochet hook I’m all for it.

  2. Louie clement

    I would love to try the bead aid. It’s the furst time i’ll be using beads in a knitting project and it woukd be brilliant to do it properly

  3. I would love to try the Bead Aid. Thanks!

  4. I’ve never knitted with beads so anything to help ease the task will be wonderful.

  5. I share your frustration with the crochet hook! Would love to try the bead aid – and what a cute name. I’m knitting the narrower version using Madelinetosh merino light in a yellowish/olive colorway that is in my stash. Ironically, I bought it at Twisted the day I met you and learned about your blog a couple of years ago.

    • The Bead Aid really streamlined my beading. No split yarn!

      Looking forward to the KAL, and seeing all the colors we choose. I just finished knitting a Filigree shawl (part of my re-write project of my Filigree Scarf pattern) in Knitted Wit’s Shine. The color is Peacock, the same as my Garland KAL Cashy Lite, but the different fibers pick up dye differently, so I’m not completely sure what the color will look like on my KAL yarn. Hoping the beads I chose will work! I did have the Peacock Shine with me when I was at Shipwreck Beads.

  6. I’m always game for trying new tools!

  7. Suellen James

    I am enjoying your blog, especially your great photos.I would love to win a Knit Wit.

  8. One of these days I’ll check out Shipwreck beads in person – sounds like quite the bead shop! Though I probably should organize the bead stash at some point (it’s much smaller than the yarn stash, but still!)

  9. Wow, that looks like a handy little tool! I have beaded several shawls, and I used the crochet hook method every time. The yarn does split, which slows down the process considerably. I would love to win a Bead Aid. Cheers! :)

    (Rav ID: knitmish)

  10. I’d love to try the Bead Aid… what a great idea.

  11. deepbluerenegade

    It sounds like a good idea. I would love to win one.

    Molly : )

  12. I haven’t tried beading my knits yet, but I’m game to try! I would love to win the Bead Aid to help me get started! <3 K8erpillar from Ravelry

  13. I am a bead lover wanna-be. I love the look but have feared trying them. The first pattern I liked with them called for stringing 400 beads on the yarn first – aaargh, stopped me in my tracks. The Bead Aid sound like a perfect solution!

  14. A BeadAid could make me enjoy the process which at the moment I don’t.

  15. Thanks …I need one of these headers! Can’t wait for the KAL

  16. I have never knitted with beads as pre beading is far too tedious for me. I have never seen a bead aid but it looks like an amazing little tool!

  17. I would live the chance to win a bead aid. Thank you and I hope I win.

  18. It was too nice to stay in and knit this weekend. Lots of walking meant very little knitting, but it’s okay. Rainy season will be here soon enough.

    Yes on the pattern….I would like a second option even if there was not an accompanying picture.

  19. a Bead Aid would probably push me the rest of the way down that slippery “I want to try beaded knitting” slope that I’m on right now… but I’d love to win anyway!

  20. Jennifer R.

    I love beaded knitting, but I find the crochet hook cumbersome. I would love to try the “Bead Aid”!

  21. I’ve only done one project with beads and they were added in with the bind-off. The pattern had recommended using dental floss (?), but I used the crochet hook method. So….anything that might make it easier to add beads would be lovely! Looking forward to casting on. :)

  22. The bead aid looks like an ingenious solution to a finicky problem.