Social Knitting – The Milkshake Project

KALs (Knit-a-longs) can happen just by chance. I know this, because, completely by chance, I find myself caught up in The Milkshake Project.


It started out innocently enough--two friends and I participated in the Charlotte Yarn Crawl last fall. When we got to Baskets of Yarn, they had assembled little silk scarf kits in mini milkshake containers. The three of us each decided to buy one, and we made a pact that we would knit them together. Thus, The Milkshake Project was born. The kits contain a pattern and three different colors of silk, and each of the yarns is spun differently. Each of us bought a different color combination--I went with a patriotic theme for mine.

Once we survived the holidays, we agreed it was time to begin. We made a lunch date at my house, and we all cast on the first skein. The pattern is super simple and is perfect for knitting and gabbing, because we did a LOT of the latter! Pioneer Woman's Sesame Chicken Salad is a great luncheon choice! No leftovers!

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Now that each of us has reached the end of the first skein, we have a date to reconvene to begin the second. And eventually, we will do the same for the third. Three friends, all knitters, three skeins, and three lunch and knitting dates. It was meant to be!

Once we are all done, we want to "go public" to debut our new scarves. That'll be a lunch date, for sure, but it would only be appropriate to save room (and calories) for a milkshake for dessert!

Packaging Matters!

Finally, I want to add that I doubt that I would not have given the scarf kit a second look if it had not been packaged in the little milkshake container. I love the fact that the container acts as a yarn bowl, with the working yarn feeding through the straw hole in the lid. It keeps the project together until we meet again, and it gave this simple little scarf a fun back story.

Have you joined in any knit-a-longs? The camaraderie and support are great benefits!

Happy Knitting!

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