Bijou Basin Ranch, a family-owned yak farm in Colorado which partners with mills to produce yak-based yarns for knitting and crocheting, is hosting their next mystery knit-along beginning Wednesday, November 6. In perfect time for the holidays, this knit-along, or MKAL, is to make a cowl out of just one skein of yarn, making it an excellent jump start for holiday gift-making.
With a Ravelry group boasting well over 900 members and a regular touring staple on the fair, festival, and yarn show circuit, knitters all over the world are discovering the softness and durability of yak yarn. By partnering with Lorna’s Laces in Chicago, their yarns receive the best dyes in the industry and are sold both online and in retail shops. The particular yarns recommended for the Blissful Cowl mystery knit-along are Bijou Bliss, a blend of half yak and half cormo wool, and Lhasa Wilderness, a 75/25 yak and bamboo blend.
The MKAL, unlike many knit-alongs for garments and larger items, only has one clue to be released per week for the next three Wednesdays, making the project ideal for commuter- and short-attention-span knitters. The pattern also has some flexibility, with the clues allowing knitters to choose which pattern to use per section. The MKAL is made even more affordable by the price of the pattern, only $2.50 for the download directly to the purchaser’s computer, and the yarn. If the mystery knit-along participants use the coupon code “MKAL2” on the Bijou Basin Ranch website to purchase the yarn, they will receive a 20% discount on the price.
Ravelry members are already excited to start the MKAL, commenting on message boards on the popular website for knitters and crocheters. Suzy, a knitter from Norman, Oklahoma who identifies herself as suzyq1 on Ravelry, states, “This will be my first MKAL! I’m pretty much a cowl addict and know it will be just lovely. Can’t wait!” Lois in Massachusetts says, “Just bought my Lhasa Wilderness at Rinebeck this weekend and looking forward to casting on!”, referring to the New York Sheep and Wool Festival which just occurred last week.
There is still time to join the knit-along by going to the Bijou Basin Ranch website and ordering your yarn, and then going to Ravelry.com and ordering your pattern. Participants may start a day or two late if desired, but to participate fully in the discussions and get help when necessary it is ideal to start on time. Check the Bijou Basin Ranch home page or the Ravelry discussion group for more details, but get your yarn as soon as possible and cast on for this great project.
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