MEalong aka the along that changed names

Sometimes you have this growing feeling that things are about to change. This time it was the knitalong. First there was a post about using more than one skein as long as they were partials. Then yardage. Then stripes. Then stripes that definitely called for 2 skeins. By this point I was wondering if I'd been mean saying 'just one little skein'. Then I was watching The Knitgirllls podcast and Leslie and Laura pointed out that selfish knitting sounds unpleasant. Like knitting for yourself is a bad thing. It's not! 

So I listened, I pondered and I CHANGED THE KNITALONG. Yes, 5 days in and I'm changing stuff already. These things happen. Roll with them I say. 

The Selfish Single Skein along is now the MEalong and here's more information just to clarify:

It's time to get indulgent.....

  • You can squeak in just a little single skeinner in all that gift knitting, ah go on!
  • Use this KAL as a much needed calm inviting place from all the crazy that can be the holiday build up
  • SSSalong (that I can’t say anyway) just became #MEalong
  • Anything between 200 yards and 800 yards counts
  • Cast on was 21st November so no wips please!
  • Entries by Christmas Eve 
  • There will be prizes- whoop!
Jane  by Jane Richmond is my pattern choice

Jane by Jane Richmond is my pattern choice

Got it? Good. Now come tell me what you're knitting. I still haven't caked my yarn. Whoops!

Getting Prepped: The Selfish Single Skein Along

As next week is the Selfish Single Skein cast on date (details here) I have been pondering my selfishness with great relish and delight. I have a regular segment now dedicated to the love of imaginary knitting so I of course have been pondering skein and pattern options like a pro. I'm starting to see lots of excited chatter in the thread and some seriously delightful skeins appearing (I'm starting to feel that A Playful Day should come with an enabling warning). 

Here's where I'm at so far:

BC Yarnings Saturated Sport yarn in 'Bumble Bee'

BC Yarnings Saturated Sport yarn in 'Bumble Bee'

Simple socks in sportweight yarn courtesy of the very talented Berry Colorful Yarnings. I love the look of this Lara Neel pattern 'Fork in the Road' for Self Striping Yarns. She said the magic words "self-striping yarn and my favorite afterthought heel" and "unusually-shaped sock, worked in the most common top-down order of things". It reminds me that I really, really need to put her book 'Sock Architecture' on my Christmas wishlist. 

Leizu DK in 'Birch', I have it in Worsted too.... I have a problem. Ahem. 

Leizu DK in 'Birch', I have it in Worsted too.... I have a problem. Ahem. 

TinCanKnits very sweetly dropped their newsletter into my inbox this week and had me craving hats thanks to their hat marathon. I have this stunning skein of Julie Asselin's Leizu DK, a delicious 90% Merino and 10% Silk that screams slight slouch and comfort to me. I am a hat person and I always need more hats!

And then there's handspun..... always handspun...

This might be trickier than I thought. What are you planning to cast on for the #sssalong? See you on the 21st November when I'll be announcing a few prizes and surprises too so don't forget to play along via social media as well as join us on the thread.