Stitching along with others has a long history. Quilting bees have been around since the 1800s. The term "bee" is another name for a party. Sew-A-Longs and Knit-A-Longs offer the same nice social vibe, the chance to share techniques and learn something new. These types of knitting and sewing events offer the advantages of a limited time commitment and a specific project to complete. If you find finishing a project challenging, joining a group of crafters working toward the same goal can help motivate you and get you across the finish line.
Knit-A-Longs and Sew-A-Longs feature a single or group of patterns with assorted color and yarn or fabric options. Group members and the moderator can offer help and support for those who might be unsure of new patterns and color choices. It’s often inspiring to see what colors, changes and embellishments others have selected. It's fun to bounce ideas off each other and get a second opinion. And, while you are knitting one project, you will probably get some great ideas for your next. I have discovered that most crafters love to share what patterns work best for their skill level, body type, and lifestyle.
As a member of a Knit-A-Long or Sew-A-Long, you will benefit from the knowledge and resources the host and other participants bring to the table. There are thousands of videos, books, and published articles available. But sifting through them to find the best technique can be overwhelming. Members in the KAL have their favorites and don’t mind sharing them. Sharing our firsthand experiences and sharing techniques saves time and energy. You may think, “I am tired of Zooming into groups.” I can understand that; however, now that the weather is getting colder and the days shorter, meeting online allows us to connect with fellow crafters from our own warm, cozy homes.
Beginning December 7th, Paula will be hosting a free Zoom social knitting event as part of Ambah O'Brien's Festive Advent KAL. Once you purchase the Advent Yarn Kit from The Stitchin’ Den, you will be given access to our Advent Yarn KAL Zoom sessions. There will be four sessions, which will meet via Zoom from 7-8 pm (MST) on Mondays (December 7th, 13th, 20th, and 27th). The KAL is meant to be a relaxing time together for sharing and socializing.
The kit for this KAL contains 25 mini skeins of Baah Yarn, a luxury yarn hand-painted in the USA. It is fingering weight, 2 ply, and 100% superwash merino wool. Each day in December, you can unwrap a skein as a countdown to Christmas. It’s a mini skein of happiness just for you. You will love the happy colors and lux feel of this yarn. Hand-selected by expert knitters; every surprise color chosen will make sense in the end! The yarn can be used to knit a beautiful shawl or one of five other festive patterns by Ambah. The colors included in the kit are pre-selected to assure your finished project will look fun and elegant. Leftover yarn can be used with Ambah's Advent Cowl pattern. In addition to The Stitchin’ Den’s Knit-A-Long, you can also join Ambah’s Festive Advent KAL. You can find out how to join that KAL and see the patterns on Ravelry.
You will want to pre-order now. The yarn ships in November 2021, so that you can select your pattern and begin on December 1st.