Hey everyone! Sorry for the absence - I was camping with my family-in-law, and then I was recovering from camping with my family-in-law, because that is some tiring shit.

Did you know that over on the Knitting Pretty Podcast we are getting ready to do a Craft-Along? Well we are! I am so excited to be hosting my very first -along, and I really hope you'll join in. This one is art history themed - choose a piece of art or architecture (or a movement, with an example), and make something inspired by it! All textile crafts are encouraged, and there will be prizes! Head to the Ravelry group to read the official rules in the contest thread, and join in on the fun!

I couldn't resist...

I'm also playing along with the Just One More Row Christmas in July Craft-Along - there's still a month left in this one so get in there! It's great encouragement to get ahead on your gift knitting and also win some prizes (including a few of my patterns)

The Knitgirlls Stash Dash is just about over (and I'm still not at my 5000m! Yikes!) but if you didn't join this year, you should definitely consider doing it next year. It's an excellent motivation to keep up productivity in the hot summer months.

The Very Shannon Summer Sweater Knit-Along just started! Shannon's KAL's are always well run and well attended, and best of all, you can enter your works in progress! I'm making Veronik Avery's Hugo sweater from Brooklyn Tweed Men. I hope to even finish within the time limit of the KAL.

There are so many other fantastic KAL's going right now that I don't have the time to join. If you have a favourite, let me know!