We were delighted to welcome Alicia Plummer @aliciaplums to our Facebook Live session on 19th July 2020 to chat about her Campside KAL (knit along).

What is the Campside KAL all about?

Alicia designed her Campside Shawl the year her Dad passed away, it was very much linked to her grief and the eyelet represents tears of grief and raindrops in a storm. She’s added a number of designs to the Campside collection and shows us the newest shawl design in the video linked below.

Campside KAL, interview with Alicia Plummer 1

The Campside KAL or knit along starts on 1st August in Alicia’s Ravelry group or you can follow along on https://instagram.com/aliciaplums

I’ll be knitting the Campside Cardigan and Emma will be knitting the Campside Sweater (the raglan version, not the Campside Drop version). Emma is making a sweater for her mum using some gorgeous pink yarn and I’ll be making a cardigan for myself (selfish knitter) and I haven’t decided on colour yet. You can see the range of patterns here on Ravelry.

Alicia says “Hello All!

This summer’s annual Campside KAL 2020 Knitalong is almost here! It kicks off August 1st, at 8 pm EST and wraps up (pun intended) September 19th at 8 pm EST.”

To help get you ready, all eligible patterns are 25% off until August 1st with the code campside2020.

Watch the interview about the Campside KAL here and after we’ve chatted to Alicia Plummer we look at some of her designs and talk yarn choices.

Interview with Alicia Plummer about her Campside KAL 2020

For Alicia, it was clear to us, that yarn and knitting is an emotional connection to an event or how life is going at the time. Campside is an interesting example of how we feel informs our yarn choice, the colours we knit with and the end design.

I’m planning to knit a Campside Cardi, however, I am also tempted by the raglan version of the Campside Pullover, I don’t really do drop sleeves as they don’t work well with my body shape. I thought I had chosen my yarn until an accidental trip to the LYS in our town’s Market Hall led to be seeing Stylecraft’s new yarn Highland Heathers. It took me a while to pick my colour but I chose Gorse, a rich heathery green/yellow mix and I LOVE IT.

It’s a DK weight yarn and to get gauge/tension I’d need to use a 5.5mm needle for the cardigan. I have, after swatching with 5mm and 5.5mm decided to go with a larger size but using the smaller needles. I much prefer the resulting fabric and I think it’ll wear better over the longer term.

Campside KAL, interview with Alicia Plummer 2
Alicia Plummer wearing her Campside Cardi

I’m planning a few mods which I’ll need to work out carefully, for example, I would like to increase a few times on each front for boob coverage and also make a deeper collar so that covers the lower body a little rather than a large gap in the middle that screams BELLY at everyone I walk past.

I need to work to the stitch counts for a larger size and make sure the charts will still line up and the pattern for the lower body work the way I want it too. It’s an easy enough set of calculations to do and I’m sure it’ll be fabulous.

I phoned Pat at our LYS to ask her to put the rest of the yarn I need to one side and I’ll collect that on Friday next week, unless I need it before, lol. In which case I’ll need to drive into town and sort that out.

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