Thursday, May 27, 2004

What is a KnitAlong and How Do I Join?

A KnitAlong is a group of people working on the same project at the same time. It is an opportunity to discuss the minutiae of a project with a roomful of interested companions without boring the rest of the knitting universe. Possible topics of discussion would be: yarn substitutions, problems with understanding the directions, alterations, and finishing.

Knitalongs generally have a definite start date (but you can start early or late :-) and then proceed something like an all-ages 5K race with some sprinting to the finish line, others strolling and chatting, with yet another group wandering off into the forest pursuing other interests rather than finishing. Pretty much the only rule is to stay on topic. And some just join and listen without any intention of actually knitting. I am currently in the Ingeborg Knitalong that Wendy is sponsoring but I am doing a different sweater, Frogner (and since I originally posted this to KnittingNovices, it has gotten even MORE different). They both have a diagonal pattern so they look alike to me.

There are LOTS of Knitalongs (and quiltalongs and beadalongs, etc.) going on all over the Internet. It is a great way to get motivated to start something that would be daunting without a support group. In fact, someone recently compiled a page of current Knitalongs.

How do you join the T-Top KnitAlong? Just let me know you are interested. The easiest way to do that is to make a comment. Click on the Comment link at the bottom of any of the pages. You can comment without signing in, but I need to know your name if you want to be added to the list on the side bar :-)

I want to keep most of the KnitAlong chatter here at the blog to avoid driving people on the list nuts with it - you don't have to "join" anything to read the posts here at the blog and you may knit or not - feel free to comment!


leeann said...

I'm waiting on my copy of the magazine to come in the mail. I'm very interested to hear how the Lion Brand Cotton-Ease is working with this pattern...

6:11 PM
Anonymous said...

Most of you are past the gauge question, however...
The correct answer to "how much do I stretch the ribbed swatch?" is "as much as you want your top to be stretched on you.

I'd be interested in participating with this group.
Lorna Miser, the designer of the Lapel T-Top

9:11 AM
Anonymous said...

I hope I'm not to late to get on this KnitAlong. I would love to join in. I have some yarn that I think will work. I'm going to swatch it tonight and see if I like it.


2:31 PM

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