After reading your feedback, it's clear that the first Knitalong of the year should be all about socks. I had emails, comments and messages from various readers interested in a sock KAL. Some want to try making their first pair, others have made some basic socks already but want to try something more challenging, there are some (like me) who are cursed with 'Second Sock Syndrome' and fancy trying two-at-a-time... and so on. The one thing all the feedback shares is a desire to develop sock knitting skills, to take the 'next step'. So this is going to be a KAL with a difference.
Our previous knitalongs have been pattern-based, but this time there is no fixed pattern. Instead, participants are encouraged to take the next 2 weeks to (finish your other WIPs and) find a pattern which will develop your existing sock knitting skills - whatever they may be. If you've never tried sock knitting, this is the perfect time to start. Or maybe you've made lots of socks already but are stuck in a rut and always use the same techniques or patterns. It's a great opportunity to try something new.
The official start date will be Thursday 24th January and I'll post my own updates weekly on the blog on Thursdays - next week I'll post some useful links for beginners. There is a BRAND NEW Ravelry group so we have a place to discuss patterns and yarn choices, and so we can share experience or ask for help - it would be great if you come and join in by introducing yourself and telling us what you're planning to make.
I'll also set up a Flickr group, and a #tag for Twitter/Instagram. EDIT: The Flickr group is here and for Twitter/Instagram, please use the tag #NSSkal
If you'd love to join in but don't have any suitable sock yarn, never fear - Danielle from A Stash Addict Yarn is offering participants a 10% discount on sock yarn using the code "CCKAL13".
The last two knitalongs were really good fun - I do hope that you will join us. What do you think?