I thought I would give you a preview for what we will be making for the mini knit-a-long that starts February 10: an infinity cowl that you can decorate with poppies or the flower of your choice.
The cowl along with the poppies is available as a kit. . . Here’s a picture of the poppy cowls all lined up like party favors for a class I taught on the same. Get some friends together and have your own Poppy Cowl party as you knit-a-long with us!
The kit includes 2 skeins of the Noni-only hand-dyed yarn in the color Nora No. 7. Catherine of Red Barn Yarn and I worked for a long time to achieve this color. It is a beautiful purpley-espresso color. So saturated and rich the color might leave evidence of itself on wooden needles–what romance. A fabulous color! I want an entire Ella coat in the color . . .
The kit also includes the paper pattern, all the yarn necessary to make the Oriental Poppies (including the stamens at the center of the poppy) and a metal Noni label to sew to your cowl. If you have a local yarn store that has been participating in the Ella Coat KAL, please let them know if you would like to purchase one of the kits. You may also purchase the kit directly from me if you do not have the support of your local yarn store. The suggested retail is $90 with free priority mail shipping anywhere in the USA for those who order from Noni.
For those just interested in the pattern, you may also find it at your participating LYS, but for those in rural areas or without a local yarn store, you may want to take advantage of the convenience of the pdf download now up on Ravelry.
We will start the mini knit-a-long with the cowl itself, then I’ll add some matching gauntlets as we go along. The gauntlets are beautiful and will be available for purchase separately as a tiny pattern on Ravelry–I will put a notice here and on FB when they go live. [A notice to Shops that wish to purchase the from me to offer to your Ella KALers are welcome to do so. But order in advance so I can have them to you by the time I announce them.]
After we make our cowl and gauntlet “canvases” (and learn some new techniques in the process) we will explore embellishment possibilities, as there are myriad. Everyone will be invited to show us your dazzling creations and this process in itself will be rife with ideas and inspiration.
Have fun picking out colors!