Beurre Shawl & Midwestern Knits Campaign Update

My sister is getting married in Savannah next month, and as the day approaches, the anticipation in our house is growing!  I worked up the lovely Beurre, by Hilary Smith-Callis, and loved every minute of knitting this shawl.  I chose to knit mine in Malabrigo's Silky Merino, in one of my all-time favorite colorways, Tatami.  This yarn just sings in person.  Seriously, it's luminous, and just so elegant.  It will be perfect for the wedding, but is sure to be a staple in my wardrobe for years to come.  

Buerre, by Hilary Smith-Callis, in Malabrigo Silky Merino, Tatami colorway

The construction of this shawl was new to me, and a little intimidating at first sight when I saw I needed to cast on over 660 stitches!  It is worked from the bottom up, and all of those many cast on stitches help form the sweet little ruffle.  

This photo shows the wingspan and long bottom edge with all those stitches!

I would like to share a little trick I have picked up for a super long cast on edge, like this one.  I learned this tip from Alex Tinsley when I worked up her Speedline Shawl a while back, and have used it a TON since then.  

Here is a link to a video that Alex was kind enough to make.  In the video, she is explaining how to cast on with 2 colors....disregard that part if you are just using 2 strands to work a super long Long Tail Cast On in one color.  It's a very simple way to do it, and I have to say, I use it pretty much all the time if I am casting on with 2 skeins with the intention of alternating skeins to avoid pooling of colors.  There is no need to join your second skein later, it's already there, and you avoid the issue of having too long or too short of a tail for your long tail cast on.  Brilliant!  

Here's the link: http://www.dull-roar.com/2011/08/video-tutorial-two-color-long-tail-cast.html

I placed a stitch marker after every 100 stitches to ease in keeping track as I went, and it really went smoothly using these couple little tricks.  The eyelet section was fun to work, and the short rows in garter stitch were absolutely addicting!  

More pictures and details on my project page here:  Icing on the Wedding Cake


Midwestern Knits Update

Also, here's an update on the Midwestern Knits Kickstarter Campaign: The campaign has reached it's half-way point, with less than 15 days to go, and has also raised over 50% of the fundraising goal.  This is fantastic news, and means things are right on schedule, but we need to keep the momentum going if we want to see this project happen.  (Kickstarter campaigns are all-or-nothing, meaning the project won't be funded at all if the goal isn't reached!)

Click the picture to view the campaign and choose an incentive package!

Click the picture to view the campaign and choose an incentive package!

The incentive prizes are being updated regularly with lots of great packages. It's a great chance to get your hands on some good knitting loot, get a pre-order copy of the book, and support some great women pouring their hearts into a really fun project.  I have several prize packages that were just added, including several of my e-books, a copy of a future (mystery) 6 piece collection I will be publishing in October, a Tupelo Slouch Kit, and a skein of yarn from Front Porch Fibers.  There are tons of things from the other talented designers as well, so be sure to check it out!  

Stay tuned, I will post later this week with a peek at my design for the book!