We had so much fun taking our virtual road trip last year, that we decided to do it again! This year we're headed to Maryland, The Old Line State, also know as America in Miniature. We'll continue our celebration of knitting and local yarn shops and American history and natural wonders and Maryland landmarks as we go. So what's the mystery? Where we'll go next, of course! And our inspiration for each leg.... And how that translates into knitting a beautiful shawl. We hope you'll join us on this grand knitting adventure and knit along.
We are your knitting tour guides, Cynthia Spencer and Valerie Reed. Cynthia is both a knitting designer (Really Clear Designs) and a yarn shop owner (Stitch Your Art Out) who has lived in PA for her entire life. Valerie is a tech-editor and number-crunching guru who grew up in Maryland but has spent the past 20+ years living in and exploring PA. We're both experienced knitters with a love of beautiful yarn, local yarn shops, and the wonderful community of people that share our
love of knitting. We hope you'll knit along with us as we create a beautiful shawl.
Valerie & Cynthia wearing our completed Pennsylvania Road Trip Shawls from 2020.
The trusses of a bridge, a beautiful flower, a national landmark, the winding trail up ahead.... just about anything can be inspiration for making something beautiful. Last year, we explored Cynthia's home state of Pennsylvania. This year, we headed just a little south to Maryland, the state where Valerie was born and spent her childhood. Every stitch pattern we've included is inspired by a shape or pattern or color we've seen in the beauty that surrounds us all.
We've designed a lovely shawl with a variety of stitch patterns inspired by many of the sights and wonders of Maryland. The shawl is a rather unique shape that is a cross between a triangle and a scarf. A pre-release version of the pattern is available now on Ravelry (please get it through "in-store sales" from your LYS, if you have one). The Start Your Engines section will be released on April 17, 2021 in celebration Local Yarn Shop Day. Future legs of the journey will be released every two to three weeks through the end of July. Each leg will contain two options for the next section of the shawl (one designed by Cynthia, the other by Valerie), setting every knitter up for a grand choose-your-own knitting adventure. Each option is a creative tribute to a landmark, or historical event, or region that can be encountered on a Road Trip through Maryland. See the yarn requirements to determine how many skeins of yarn you'll need.
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MKALs are done best in community. See where you can join the fun and knit along.
The pattern is available on Ravelry and can be purchased through your LYS or by clicking the link below.