Affinity KAL with Purlescence

A while ago Sarah from Purlescence and I talked about the possibility of our linking up on a knit-a-long (KAL) using one of the patterns from the Knit Play Colour book. Purlescence have a great group of followers who have keenly participated in their KALs in the past. Since Purlescence have several of the yarns which I used in the book, it looked like it would be fun to do a KAL together.

Colour? Texture? How will you create an affinity for your yarns?

Colour? Texture? How will you create an affinity for your yarns?

Before Unravel we chatted through the details and it was so much fun to visit on the Purlescence stand for a little bit each day of Unravel to chat about the upcoming KAL. We had a playful few days putting together yarn and colour combinations for Affinity, a asymmetric triangle shawl that is all about two yarns showing their affinity for each other.

I designed Affinity to show off a beautiful pair of yarns. It really is the perfect excuse to play with your yarn as there are endless combinations. Tame a wild yarn with a semi-solid, show off two contrasting colours, or play with textures like smooth and fuzzy. Feel like having your shawl work from day to night? There’s an option for adding beads as well.

Oh and the beads! Add a little, or a lot! (I got a little carried away with the subtle colour and texture of the monochromatic option shown in the book in Fyberspates). Just look at the gorgeous option that Salinaknits on Ravelry has put together:

Salinaknits is ready to go with this rich red and gold combination.

Salinaknits is ready to go with this rich red and gold combination.

I’m tempted to do a full version for myself of the colour combo I swatched for the book (showing beads too):

SweetGeorgia yarns in Pistachio and Riptide - made even better with beads!

SweetGeorgia yarns in Pistachio and Riptide – made even better with beads!

Here are a few more fun combos that Sarah and I put together:

 

If variegated and semi-solid strikes your fancy...

If variegated and semi-solid strikes your fancy…

...or you prefer to play with textures...

…or you prefer to play with textures…

This semi-solid and variegated combo leans towards to the monochromatic:

This combination is a study in subtle sophistication for sure.

This combination is a study in subtle sophistication for sure.

And knowing my love for teals I had to come up with an option to satisfy that urge:

Oh teals, how I love you!

Oh teals, how I love you!

Or you could be like Raychball on Ravelry who has decided to go with exactly the yarns used in one of the samples from the book:

Raychball is soothing this wild Miss Babs pink with royal purple splendour from SweetGeorgia.

Raychball is soothing this wild Miss Babs pink with royal purple splendour from SweetGeorgia.

Whatever combination you decide upon, I do hope you’ll join us in the Inspiration Knits Ravelry group and knit-a-long with us on the Affinity KAL. There are going to be some great prizes as well and we might even attempt a meet up as the KAL wraps up.

The Affinity KAL will run March 1st (still plenty of time to join in!) to the end of April. I can’t wait to see your yarn combinations!


 

One last note! Congratulation to pcollingwood who commented on my review of the London Craft Guide. You’ve won a digital copy of the book! I’ll be connecting you to Yarn in the City who will make sure to get that over to you. Enjoy!

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