I have to say, I think it’s funny that there’s an expectation of prizes with big knitalongs. To me, the prize is your sweater! And there have been so many winners in that regard. I think I said already that I was expecting fewer sweaters to come out of this Cowichan-style Knitalong than the last one (it’s a vest, a Cowichan-style vest, from a Japanese pattern, with colorwork worked flat …) BUT I am so beyond thrilled with all that has come of it. Everyone who has participated so far — and it’s by no means too late! — has been so thoughtful, inventive, enthusiastic and eager to try new things; it’s just been inspiring and heart-warming all the way around. It’s really hard to pick favorites or prize-winners, but I’m glad for the opportunity to shine a spotlight on these three—
ABOVE: The grand prize winner — who’ll receive a $100 gift certificate to Fringe Supply Co. — is Ella Gordon. We talked a lot during this knitalong about cultural sensitivity issues relating to the appropriation of the Cowichan style. Ella was working from a different Japanese pattern, which had teepees as the main motif. If you’re familiar with Ella, you know she is a serious student of knitting traditions and a collector of sweaters from across all of them. She also lives in Shetland, not the PNW, and teepees have no particular cultural meaning for her. So for all of those reasons, she replaced the teepees with the croft houses that dot her own native countryside. I found it both clever and touching, and her finished vest is just fantastic. You can read all about it and see more photos on her blog and her Instagram feed, @ellalcgordon.
And I’ve got two $50 gift certificates for these two:
Jess Schreibstein, above, played around with much more ambitious and traditional motif ideas before settling into a minimalist version of a Cowichan-inspired vest. She tackled the Cowichan method of float-trapping* — I’m so happy about how many people took this on! — and wound up with a garment that’s totally her own and looks great on her. For lots more gorgeous pics of this vest in progress, see her Instagram feed, @thekitchenwitch.
At a glance, Claire Allen-Platt’s finished vest looks like a great garment that’s pretty true to the pattern (and obviously I approve of her color usage!) but I think she’s one of only two (?) people to knit it in the round and steek it. She also tweaked the motifs a tiny bit to make the main one a little less snowflake-like — and it fits her perfectly. Tweaked and steeked, I like it. See her Instagram feed for more, @claireallenplatt.
Ladies, send me an email (karen at fringeassociation) to collect your prize!
If you haven’t seen the full feed, check out #fringeandfriendskal2015 on Instagram, where you’ll get to see @nappyknitter’s socks, @luckypennyknits’ dog sweater, original designs by @carolsundayknits and @whit_knits, and so much more. And like I said, it’s never too late to jump in. We still have two more panelists to hear from!
*See the video tutorials linked in this post.
The croft houses! These each have something distinctive going on–really fun to think about how subtle differences add up. Most excellent knitalong, Karen.
It was (it is !) a great knit along. I’m still knitting and i’m really enjoying it. I have learned a lot, it has opened many doors to me. You can see here where i am right now https://www.instagram.com/p/98pSemFGCN/?taken-by=fromcinthia . I’m waiting for a ball of yarn to go on, because, as i usually do, i picked up my yarn from my stash on a impulse and i don’t have enough to knit the main pattern !
THANK YOU for the whole adventure !
Thanks so much, Karen, for featuring my vest! I am beyond flattered. I have more details on modifications and construction on Ravelry as well, if folks are interested. This was a fantastic knitalong. Consider me a sweater vest convert. I’ve loved watching all the interpretations of the pattern concept since the KAL started and will probably make a second version next with more spartan patterning, like Jess’.
Love, love, love looking at all of the versions on Instagram!!!!!! I have to make this vest ASAP!!!
That was so funny, I thought I KNOW that pattern……how did it get here? Love it. Good choice.
Lovely! Have you seen this amazing documentary (about 1 hour long) about the Coast Salish Knitters of Northern British Columbia here in Canada? If you haven’t, it is truly heartwarming and worth a look!
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