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Planning Ahead: Mirasol Yaya KAL, Dec 15, 2107

Our next Knit Along is starting on Thursday, December 15! That’s next week!

We will be working on garments from the Mirasol Yaya Scarf, Neck Wrap, Hat & Wristwarmers set (aka leaflet m5155).

189041All four garments are knit using Mirasol Yaya, which is a super bulky, 100% Superwash Merino Wool yarn.

This yarn is as soft as a kitten! I haven’t knit with mine yet, since I’ve been waiting for the KAL to start, but I’m expecting to really enjoy it. The ball band says, “Yaya is the Quechuan word for ‘greatest’.” I’m not sure if that is referring to the gauge or the softness, but either one makes sense!

IMG_3758I’m going to use color 1515-Verdant, which is a lovely shade of pine green. (I’d like the record to reflect that I selected this green shade back in August, long before Pantone announced green as the Color of the Year for 2017!)

Neck-Wrap-189041-2I will be working on the Neck Warmer pattern of the set. I like these little cropped ponchos for extra warmth around my neck and shoulders. (I’d also like the record to reflect that I chose my green yarn before we settled on this set as the KAL!)

The Neck Warmer (aka Shoulder Wrap) takes four hanks of Yaya yarn. Add it to your Ravelry queue.

Hat-Wristwarmers-189041-3Karen is going to knit the Wrist Warmers from the set, but I don’t know which color she is planning to use. (Not sure how we haven’t discussed that. LOL)

You’ll need three hanks of Yaya to complete the Hat (1 hank) and Wrist warmers (2 hanks). Add them to your Ravelry queue.

All four garments feature the same faux cable pattern. They are also all knit flat and seamed. I marked the patterns as “Intermediate” when I entered them into Ravelry, but really I think an “Advanced Beginner” should be able to tackle them. It will be a good opportunity for you to try out a textured stitch if you haven’t yet!

Scarf--189041-1Just because neither of us is currently planning to knit the scarf doesn’t mean it should be left out of the blog post. The scarf takes four hanks of Yaya. Add it to your Ravelry queue.

All four patterns are included in the single PDF, which means you don’t have to decide right away which one you’ll knit for the KAL.

All the garments are knit on US13 needles, with US10.5 being used for the edging. We expect these projects to knit up fast! You’ll be ready to wear them when the cold weather sets in for real, or being in a good position for gift giving later this month.

Mirasol yayaYaya is available in 19 colors. My Verdant is one of the six new colors that were introduced this year.

The Mirasol Project, named after a little girl who helped tend a herd of alpaca near Lake Titicaca, was set up in 2006 by the Michell family. It aims to raise enough money through the sale of Mirasol yarns and wool to start to combat the extreme poverty these children face and help provide them with better futures.

A portion of every purchase is dedicated directly to funding a school in the remote area of Munani in the region of Puno in Peru to educate the children of the shepherds (visit www.mirasolperu.com to learn more).

Will you be joining the KAL? Which garment(s) will you knit? I’ve started a thread for the Yaya Set KAL in the KFI Ravelry group to give us a place to chat and share project pictures.

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