Ch 200: Shawl Society Grand KAL winners and Clara’s Cape

200 Episodes! It’s a landmark Curious Handmade podcast today and we’re celebrating with a special giveaway and the results of the draw for The Shawl Society’s Grand KAL. It’s also the end of Knitvent and the last pattern is out, though that KAL will run for another month.

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We’re at the end of Knitvent for this year! I can’t believe it. This has been a very special one, and I’m so grateful to everyone who came along with us on our Nutcracker adventure. The final pattern is Clara’s Cape:

The costumes in The Nutcracker’s opening scene immediately draw us into another time and place. Whether your production sets the party in 18th century France, Imperial Russia, or turn of the century London, you know you’re somewhere special in history, swiftly approaching the fairy-tale beginning of “a long time ago.” The clothes are more formal, adults and children alike, but they’re also so much more fun: bonnets and breeches, top hats and tailcoats, ruffles and petticoats. Entirely enchanting and completely impractical for 21st century life.

Combining a dollop of old-fashioned Edwardian charm with a dash of modern simplicity, Clara’s Cape captures a bit of that timeless magic and makes it utterly accessible. Wear it as a lovely shoulder-warming cape or loosely as an oversized statement cowl: it dresses up and down instantly. The wide stripes of simple ribbing and super bulky yarn means that this is an incredibly fast knit, perfect for an impressive last-minute gift.

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After more than six months of knitting beautiful shawls together, we finally have winners from the Shawl Society Grand KAL! The random number generator has drawn names from each of the threads, and there are some lovely prizes waiting for you. If you’re on the list please get in touch with your address! Big thanks and love to everyone who knit a shawl this season, and congratulations to our winners!

Fairyhill FO Thread: Post 37

Sprite’s Fen FO Thread: Post 23

Vila Wrap FO Thread: Post 27

Rune Shawl FO Thread: Post 151
Wishmaker FO Thread: Post 55
Familiar FO Thread: Post 24
Collage Thread: Post 31

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