It's a Skirt-A-Long

October 21, 2015

This past weekend we welcomed Sylvia Olsen back to Wet Coast Wools.  Sylvia taught 5 workshops for us - three sessions on the Coast Salish Colourwork technique (can't wait to see all those finished toques!), and two sessions of a brand new class on how not to sew together a Cowichan-style Sweater.  We want to send a big thanks to Sylvia and Tex for coming out to Vancouver and making these classes possible!  The classes were lots of fun, and everyone had a fantastic time!

Now that we're all itching to use our Coast Salish colourwork skills in a new project - and because we were all so taken by Sylvia's knitted skirts! - we have decided to have a Skirt-A-Long here at Wet Coast Wools.  The pattern we are using is Sylvia's Skirt in the Round, which is featured in her book, Knitting Stories. The pattern is made with 2 colours of Cascade 220 worsted weight wool (available in your choice of Solid or Heathered colourways). For all three sizes, you will need 3 skeins (660 yards) of your main colour, and 1 skein (220 yards) of the contrast colour.

The rules for this Skirt-A-Long (SAL) are pretty basic, so that everyone who wants to can join in. All you have to do is cast on and then finish the skirt before December 31st, 2015, and either bring it in to show us, or send us a photo. At the end of the SAL, we will put all entries into a raffle and choose a winner!

I will be creating a discussion thread for the SAL in our Ravelry Group, the Wet Coast Woolies. This is where we can discuss things like adjusting the skirt to fit your shape (because we won't all fit into three given sizes!), and how to change the colourwork pattern to something of your own design.

If you're on Instagram or Twitter, you can also use the hashtag #wcwolsenskirtalong to share your progress and keep tabs on what others are knitting.  I'm looking forward to seeing all the different combinations of colours and patterns that people come up with! Just remember that the skirt should be made using the Coast Salish colourwork technique - so no stranding allowed! ;)

If you want a refresher on that Coast Salish colourwork technique, feel free to drop by the store and we will help you out.  Sylvia will also be filming a tutorial in the next few weeks, which she intends to make available online. As soon as we know more about this, we will let you know where to find the video!

And now, I'm off to do another gauge swatch for my skirt, since I apparently can't get gauge on a 4.5mm needle (trust me, that was not a surprise!).

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