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Michelle “Knit-Purl-Hunter’s” Adorable Ewe KAL

Join Michelle Hunter's "Adorable Ewe Baby Sweater" Knit-Along ...

Featuring HiKoo's Simpliworsted Yarn ... 20% Off!

This April Michelle Hunter (a.k.a. Knit-Purl-Hunter) brings you her next mystery KAL ... knit a baby sweater, the Adorable Ewe! This sure-to-be cute sweater is knit in the soft Simpliworsted yarn and is brimming with essential sweater knitting skills. When you're done, you will have the perfect gift for your favorite baby or grandbaby! As always, we're delighted to help you find all the information you'll need to join the knit along and knit the project!

The Project

"Adorable Ewe" Sweater

by Michelle Hunter
Pattern FREE posted Progressively during the event

Michelle's knit alongs (KALs) are mystery knit alongs. So there are no preliminary photos ... only a general of descriptions of the finished project. But she has told us that the baby sweater has a sheep-theme and will be way too cute to miss! ... checkout the sheep buttons!

The sweater is sized to fit a 6 month old baby and is appropriate for a boy or girl. Pick a boy or girl color ... or a gender neutral color if you are still waiting for the gender reveal!

All of the techniques Michelle uses will be supported by her video tutorials and she answers questions daily on her website and Ravelry group. Michelle's instructions, tutorials and videos have made her KALs extremely popular ... think of her KAL as an online class, worth far more than the price of admission — which is, of course, Free!!

The Adorable Ewe Knit-Along
Starts
Thursday, April 6th
Order your yarn Today!

Don't miss out on the fun! The KAL is FREE and Skacel is sponsoring a drawing for one grand prize and two second place prizes. For more information on prizes and how to enter visit SkacelKnitting.com.

You can also connect, ask questions, share photos, and get help via the Knit Purl Hunter KAL Ravelry group. You're also encouraged to share progress photos to the FiberWild and Friends group on Ravelry.

Schedule

Segment

Date

First

April 6, 2017

Second

April 13, 2017

Third

April 20, 2017

Fourth

April 27, 2017

The pattern will be released in four weekly installments, so each Thursday the next part of the pattern is revealed. Thus the mystery! This KAL will start on Thursday, April 6th and continue on the 13th, 20th and 27th

The pattern and videos will be available at KnitPurlHunter.com/KAL where you can post questions as well. You can also connect via the Knit Purl Hunter Ravelry group. Questions are typically answered daily. The video lessons along with the forums let knitters of all skill levels participate and get whatever help they need. It's like having a knitting tutor 24/7!

Materials

Materials

2 x  Simpliworsted - Main Color - 20% Off!

1 x  Simpliworsted - White or Natural (sheep color)  -  20% Off!

1 x  Simpliworsted - Black (sheep accent) - 20% Off!

Finished Sizes

One size: Infant Six months

Needles

24"  US 9 [5.50mm] circular needles OR size needed to obtain gauge

32"  US 8 [5.00mm] circular needles

Note: If larger needle size is adjusted, remember to adjust both needles!

Gauge

16 sts and 24 rows = 4" in Stockinette

Notions

4 x 5/8" buttons - Get the adorable Sheep buttons here!

Skill Level

Intermediate

The Yarn

HiKoo's "Simpliworsted" is a buttery soft yarn that is available in a huge selection of vibrant colors. Machine washable, this perfect all around worsted weight yarn is wonderful for just about any project!

Fiber Content

55% Superwash Wool / 28% Acrylic / 17% Nylon

Yardage / Weight

140 yarns in 100g skeins

Gauge

16 sts over 4" on US 10 [6.00mm]

Skill Level

Machine Wash, Dry Flat

Football’s Beginnings and the Scoreboard Cowl KAL

Ball games have been played since ancient times, but the predecessor to our modern American football is the "Mob Football" played in Europe in Medieval times.  Mob Football was played between neighboring towns and involved an unlimited number of players each trying to move a ball using any means possible to markers at each end of town.  That's right, I said each end of town.  There wasn't a playing field, the players literally took the game out into the street, fighting to get the ball from one end of town to the other.  There were few rules, and the game was quite violent.  

​As Europeans came to America they brought their ball games, and as early American universities were established each university had their own traditional ball games.  But there was no standard set of rules, so intercollegiate games were difficult. 

That changed on November 6, 1869 when Rutgers University played Princeton University (then known as the College of New Jersey) in a ball game that used a set of rules suggested by Rutgers captain William J. Leggett.  The American rules were similar to England's Football Association rules.  Two teams of 25 players scored points by kicking the ball to goals at each end of the field.

The ancient Roman ball game of Harpastum.

The Ancient Roman ball game of Harpastum

Fresco painted between 100 BC - 400 AD.

Two teams of 25 players scored points by kicking the ball to goals at each end of the field. The rules of the game would go through many changes before becoming the football game we know today, but that 1869 game is still regarded by football historians to be the very first American football game.

So why is it called "football" when they throw and pass with their arms more than they use their foot to kick it?  (Perhaps it should be called "arm-ball"?)  It is called football today because at the historic 1869 game the players were not allowed to throw or pass the ball, it was kicked from end to end. 

Walter Camp, father of American Football

Captain - Yale football team 1878-79

In 1876 representatives from Harvard, Yale, Princeton and Columbia met to create a new code of rules for college football.  Although still called football, the new rules were more similar to rugby than to the English Football Association rules. 

Walter Camp, known today as the Father of American Football, was part of the 1876 convention and other rule setting conventions that continued to tweak the rules of the game over the next decade as the game became the modern football we know today. 

Note that in Walter Camp's photo his football tunic does not have buttons, instead it laces up the front like a corset ... though men's coats in the 1870s always buttoned and were never laced.  Early football games were extremely violent, and buttons would likely be broken off during a struggle.  Missing buttons would cause your tunic to flap around during the game and would give  your opponent something to grab onto, but a laced tunic would be held tightly in place.

So what's your opinion of football?  Are you a true fanatic ... or do you yawn during the games? Would you rather be knitting?  It doesn't matter, because anyone - fan or not - can knit the Scoreboard Cowl KAL.  The premise is simple - you knit in the main color when your team scores or makes a play, and knit in the secondary color when the opposing team has a score or a play.  Check out the details on our Scoreboard Cowl KAL informational page ... which includes list of Simplicity yarn colors your favorite team!  And just as exciting as a game winning touchdown, the pattern is free and the Simplicity yarn is 20% off

Happy Knitting (and scoring!) ... Scout

New Years Knitting Resolutions

So what are your New Years Resolutions for 2013?  And I don’t mean “Loosing Weight” or “Be a Better Friend” – I want to know what your Knitting Resolutions are!

Don’t have any?  Well, here are some suggestions:

    Building Blocks
  • Learn a new knitting skill.  Sign-up for a class for some hands-on instruction, or learn at home with “Building Blocks” by Michelle Hunter.  The book teaches 12 new skills.  You end up with 12 blocks that you can finish into an afghan, baby blankets, pillows – or whatever your imagination can come up with! You can also join one of Michelle’s Knit Alongs to learn new skills from home with video tutorials and support on her Knit Purl Hunter Ravlery Group!
  • Dig into your yarn stash.  We’ve all got a stash of yarn we bought with plans to use it “for something, someday.”  Why not now?  I like scarf knitting to use-up stash yarn – the size doesn’t matter, so you can just keep knitting until you run out of yarn.  If you prefer to go by the rules and follow a pattern, check out the Reverse Lace Scarf, it’s easy to knit and uses almost any kind of yarn! For those who like to multitask, you can complete two resolutions at once if you use your worsted weight yarn in your yarn stash to learn new techniques with the Building Blocks book. You might have an interesting looking blanket when you finish, but what’s wrong with a little color variation?!
  • Believe in UFOs (Un-Finished Objects).  Yes, you can finish that project that has been on the needles forever!  Need some friendly peer pressure to help you out?  Come to our free weekly Open Stitching every Thursday evening from 6 to 8 pm – just show up!
    Della Q Lily Zip Pouch

    

  • Visit More Local Yarn Shops.   This is especially fun to do when traveling.  Visit www.knitmap.com to find a yarn shop at your destination.
  • Needle Control.  Got all your needles stuffed in a coffee can?  A Della Q needle case will keep your needles well organized – and they’re pretty!

By the way, Sean has commited to losing 20lbs this year! It’s a “Threefer”:
1) It’s a New Year’s Resolution.
2) It’s a bet he made with his friend Joe.
3) It will be a minor miracle!

    Have a great New Year – and Happy Knitting!     Amy