Thursday, July 31, 2014

What do Scotland, Time Travel, and Knitting Have in Common? A new MKAL!

We can hardly contain our excitement for the upcoming television series, based on the popular books by Diana Gabaldon, which premiers on August 9th. In fact, we couldn't help but celebrate with not one, but two Lorna's Laces limited edition colors and a Mystery Knit-along!  Our very own Rachel of Unraveled Designs and Yarn is a huge fan and jumped at the chance to host the MKAL.  She even designed the two Lorna's Laces Limited Edition colors named for the main characters!

The project will be a two color shawl that will take advantage of some gorgeous slip stitch motifs and cables so that you're only knitting with one color in each row. Overall, it's an intermediate knit, and we're always here to help you pick up a new skill or two.  Knit in sport weight wool yarn, it will be super warm and snuggly, even for the harsh Scottish highland weather! That's all the spoilers I can give so you’ll have to join in to find out more!

If you'd like to knit along with us, you'll need:
  • The pattern, of course!  You can grab a copy of the pattern on Ravelry.  Right now, the pattern is only $3, but it will go up to $6 once the MKAL ends.  By purchasing the pattern, you'll get each clue in your Ravelry library when it is posted.  New clues will be posted each Saturday through September 13th, to coincide with the episodes. 
  • Yarn!  Specifically, you'll need 400 yards each of 2 colors of sport weight yarn, and you'll want to make sure that there is enough contrast between the two colors.  If you want to make your shawl with the Lorna's Limited Edition colors, you'll need 2 skeins of Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sport in each color, Fraser and Beauchamps; that's a total of 4 skeins--they're only 50 grams each, after all!
  • A US 5 circular needle (at least 32”) or size needed to obtain gauge
  • 2 cable needles
  • yarn needle
Although you won't specifically need them for the MKAL, we are also super excited for these adorable stitch markers that Spark created especially to coordinate with the yarn.  They're still being made, and will ship as soon as possible!  To go along with the Lorna's yarn, the stitch markers come in Beauchamps and a Fraser set.

Anyone is welcome to join us--no matter what yarn you use or who your favorite character is! Check out Rachel's blog each week for tips, tricks, and possibly spoilers, and be sure to stay connected with all the chatter and the clues in our Ravelry group.  We hope to see you there!

Friday, July 25, 2014

7 Years of Amazing Limited Edition Colors and a Vote


Once Upon a Time
Nobody likes to miss out on a good thing, but we've all been there at one time or another.  When it comes to missing out on limited edition yarn, it’s an extra bummer. So here’s your chance to pick up a Lorna’s Limited Edition color that you may have missed out on the first time around! Or, it's an opportunity to pick up a few more skeins of your all-time favorite color. :)
Sea Turtle Dream

For the last seven years, we've had a limited edition color (or colors!) each month inspired by our favorite books and TV shows, the weather, life events, or just our whims.  We wanted to do something really special to celebrate all the unique and inspiring colorways that we've featured over the years and have decided to bring back 7 of the most popular previous colors for a limited time in the month of September. How will we know which ones were the most popular? We’ll take a vote!
The Beans and their favorite colors
Royal Wedding
Starting Friday, August 1st, you'll be able to cast your vote for the color you'd most like to see again on our Facebook page or in a thread on our Ravelry group. If you need a refresher for all the options, you can find them all on the Lorna’s Limited Edition Page. As you're dreaming about projects and colors, keep in mind that since we're bringing 7 whole colors back, we won't have them on every base. You'll be able to get the winning colors on the most popular Lorna's Laces bases: Shepherd Sock, Shepherd Worsted, and Honor.

That's How We Roll
Voting ends at the end of the day Friday, August 8th. We’ll announce the 7 winners on August 9th and start taking pre-orders so that you can be sure not to miss out on your favorite color while it lasts! We can't wait to see which colors top the list of the all-time favorites!