Zealana Yarns Valla Capelet KAL | first leg

I almost forgot what a joy it is to knit with Air Lace.  I mean, normally I would see "lace" and run for the hills but there is something special about this little strand.  The base of the Natural is almost a silvery taupe completely enclosed in a golden brown halo and the fabric is so light  - like you're never really getting your hands on the core, just on the fluffy cushion of softness surrounding it.  It's a hard thing to describe but it makes for a yarn that's hard to put down.

Dare I admit here, publicly, that I finished the first ball in ONE DAY?  It's true.  I had a million things going on earlier in the month with designs for publication and trying to finish out the school year not missing one ice cream social or award ceremony - oh, and also I was packing for 4 humans and 7 animals with our move zooming toward us... it's a testament to the power of AIR.

Just before buckling down for the move, I stole some time with my Valla and some pretty great evening sun was filtering in.  I realized how the light danced on the yarn and how the golden brown halo suddenly popped to life! 

And doesn't it look like the piece has blurred edges?  That glorious halo.  There's nothing like it.  I've since joined my second ball and will post an update before moving on to the third and final ball meaning I'll be in the homestretch!!

Stitch happy x

Zealana Yarns Valla Capelet KAL | Intro

It's June 1st and a brisk 52 degrees here in Indiana.  What a joke!  On the bright side, it's lovely knitting weather, perfectly coinciding with my Valla Capelet KAL preparations.

I was delighted to get my hands on Zealana Yarns AIR lace last winter and worked up two designs - the first, a cowl that can be worn pulled over the shoulders to a capelet and the other, a tunic.  They're sort of "sister" designs in that they feature the same stitches and share similar styles however the capelet can be knit up relatively quickly using only 3 balls of yarn.

Cirilia invited me to join the KAL and I immediately went down the to-do list my personal life is stacking on my shoulders right now and paused, but only for a moment.  I can't promise I'll be able to bind-off by the end of the KAL, but I will certainly try!

Zealana Yarns  Passport 2015

Zealana Yarns Passport 2015

It's been a couple weeks and I have yarn in hand!!

SO, to begin, I'm using the AIR Lace in shade 04 -- Natural for the KAL.  Since working up the samples in such bright, saturated hues I wanted to see for myself the depth of color and texture in a lovely neutral tone.  I will be swatching today, then cutting to the chase and casting on!

I prefer the long tail cast-on method and use it almost exclusively.  When casting on a large number of stitches, the long tail method may seem daunting for two reasons -- firstly and the most obvious, if I run out of tail, I'll have to rip and start again which is just frustrating with 200+ stitches; secondly, if I have far too much tail left over and have to cut it, I'll just cringe at the waste!  For my piece, I'm casting on 12 sts / 4" length of tail yarn on size US4 needles.  This means I need a length of yarn a third of my final stitch count (plus about 5" for the tail) -- I need 93" of yarn total to complete my cast-on.  

It's also important to be extremely careful not to twist the stitches on a project like this before joining for rounds.  Using a fine yarn paired with the large number of stitches can make it more difficult to see when there's a twist along the cable.  To avoid this problem, I use the longest cable I can while still working comfortably.  In this case, I'm using a 21" cable with my interchangeable points making the needle closer to a 32" circ.  However, the pattern calls for 24" needles so that changing needles after decreasing is avoided.  This is all up to personal preference.

I will post an update after completing my first ball of yarn!

Stitch happy x