Monday, September 10, 2012

Maenad KAL Madness!

The Maenad knit-along was a smashing success! We started this KAL after our meet-and-greet with Irish knitwear designer Carol Feller. We fell in love with this shawl - it is beautiful knit with 2 colors of fingering-weight yarn and it is long enough to wrap around several times for added warmth. Eight fancy folks participated, making a total of nine shawls! Everyone agreed the shawl knit up surprisingly fast - the body is knit first and then the lace border is added after. Here are the results of our Maenad craze:

Some of the Maenad KAL superstars

I made my Maenad shawl with Anzula's Sebastian yarn, one of our most recent yarn additions to the shop. Working with this pretty seasilk/merino fingering weight yarn, I enjoyed each and every stitch of making my shawl. Upon seeing Sebastian at Anzula's trunk show, I immediately fell in love with the soft grey-brown Clay and paired it with Chipmunk for my Maenad.

Jaime knit her shawl using the mysterious colorways of Madelintosh Light Cosmos and Lowlands. Between the cosmos and the lowlands, her shawl encompasses all of the universe, and her new Maenad shawl transports her to magical fairy forests whenever she puts it on. (She made me write that.)

Angelique was pretty enamored with Carol Feller's sample Maenad, and used the same Noro sock yarn paired with Anzula Sebastian in Charcoal for the edging.

Betsy blew our minds by knitting not one, but two Maenads! Her first is in Madelinetosh Light, colorways Badlands and Twig--two yummy browns!

Betsy's second Maenad was knit in Scrumptious Lace. This Maenad uses just one color: Natural. It is so classy, delicate and lacy!

Sunne, our talented-to-the-max knitting instructor, whipped out her Maenad in no time, using Noro sock and Isager Spinni.

Adorable Samantha's Maenad is knit with a hand-dyed sock yarn she picked up at Estes Park Wool Market and Malabrigo Sock in Black for the lace edging. 

Pink used Noro sock in a self-striping magenta colorway that matches her signature pink hair! She trimmed it with a bright orange Malabrigo lace.

Thanks to all the amazing knitters who participated in our Maenad KAL!

1 comment:

Jeanne Lois said...

thats it... you have all convinced me. I'm making one!! might even cast on tonight....