The last day of the POLKAMANIA! KAL…

As you’ll know if you’ve been following for a while, there has been a POLKAMANIA! KAL going on in the KNITSONIK Ravelry group over these past couple of months; for those of you who have been participating, today is the last day to complete your cowl… don’t worry if you haven’t finished, I haven’t either.

The gallery of FOs is looking SO BEAUTIFUL and SO DOTTY. There’s a lovely variety of projects to see… from Takako’s gloriously calming blue cowl

…to Vivienne’s joyful exploration of the palette in the film Flash Gordon

…to Muriel’s evocative spring-blossom-like pinks and blues

…there are a lot of different things to see and this isn’t even all the projects, though I’m hoping to share the rest with you in the course of the next while.

It’s surprising how rich the simple context of dots turns out to be, as a vessel for playing with colours. I hope you are inspired by this glimpse into the making that has gone on for this KAL. If you are on Ravelry, you can see the project gallery here.

I promised there would be prizes with a dotty theme for comrades who made a POLKAMANIA! My plan was always to choose things that would be joyful and knitterly, but which would – like the KAL itself – provide opportunities to consider and celebrate dots and the myriad ways in which these simple, repeating, circular shapes can be used to different artistic ends.

Now that we’re at the end of the KAL, I’m putting together a series of posts about the prizes, each of which celebrate dots and the different ways in which people create with them. I hope you’ll enjoy learning about some other independent businesses who are making things with dots, and that – even if you didn’t enter the KAL – you’ll find something inspiring here in the next week or so.

For now I just want to say a huge massive WELL DONE to all the KAL-ers – I’ve really enjoying knitting with you. To everyone else,
go and shower the dotty projects in Ravelry hearts! Thanks again to everyone who joined this KAL and knit dots with me this winter.

See you all soon x


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