Together again

We’ve been a little stunned at the success of our Color Affection mini-Knit-Along. The last time we tried to count, there were more than fifty of these gorgeous things in progress, all over and outside of the country. There’s lots more about our Color Affection exploits, including the extended deadline, in the Ravelry thread.

We love AoibheNí’s brilliant Tunisian Lace crochet designs very much, and we’ve got a reason to celebrate right now, because the final pattern in her Legendary Shawls collection is just about to be released. We can’t wait to see it, and there’s such fervent interest in her Tunisian Lace technique that we’ve decided to have a Crochet-Along.

This time, though, you get to decide which pattern to do. We’re having a vote over in the This Is Knit Ravelry group to choose one of two lovely shawls.

The first option is Venus.


(Image © Julie Matkin, www.halfadreamaway.com)

Worked in laceweight, Venus takes 750-900 metres of yarn, and Aoibhe recommends a 5.5mm hook. It’s got a beautiful open texture, with a stunning cockleshell border.

The second option is Phoenix.


(Image © Julie Matkin, www.halfadreamaway.com)

This is worked in fingering weight, and uses 770-1000 metres. It’s snuggly and cabled, with a lovely ruffled edge.

You can find the voting for the CAL pattern by clicking on this Ravelry link. Voting ends on the 27th of February at midnight. Then we’ll start on March 1st, and end by April 30th 2013.

You know the very best thing about both of these lovely shawls? They’re far easier to make than they look. Aoibhe’s techniques are simple to master, and there’s really good help available both in her Ravelry group and on her youtube channel. What’s more, we’ll all have each other’s support and cheerleading to spur us on. So if you can crochet even a little, it might be time to learn something new and make one of these stunning projects. Our fingers are itching to start.

And there’ll be a prize draw at the end!

Aoibhe’s Tunisian Lace workshop on April 6th has been fully booked for ages, but we’re hoping to offer another with her soon. And we can’t wait to see Bel, her new pattern.