(Note: The dates listed apply to the 2014 calendar. While a lot of these will happen again, the exact calendar dates may vary in years to come.)
Two that are happening right now:
- Cardipalooza, with Custom Fit (3/15-5/31): This soon-to-end KAL is all about using the CustomFit software to generate the perfect cardigan for your body and yarn. I didn't get around to casting-on in time to play with the group, but seeing all the sweaters, and reading about all the experiences knitting those sweaters, has been really interesting!
- Open That Skein, with C2S2 (4/20-6/15): This KAL involves another acronym-- CDH, meaning a skein of yarn that someone will have to pry out of your "cold, dead hands" because you love it so much. I usually refer to the yarns in my Shrine of Precious, but the concept's the same. Knit with the most loved, valued skein of yarn-- the one you're cuddling, petting, and otherwise admiring, so that you have an FO that is equally appealing! Get support breaking into the yarn that seems too good for your crafting! It's all in the eye of the beholder, but seeing these folks cake and cast on their most treasured skeins is a huge inspiration.
- MadDash, with Stash Knit Down (2/15-3/31): I did this one last year, but not this year. It's a race through as much yardage as possible in a limited time; sometimes that's useful, and sometimes I want to savor every stitch-- even so, it's fun to see the creative ways people combine their stash to maximize yardage!
- Poundathon, with CTASpinners (3/1-9/30): I haven't participated in this one yet, but it's tempting! I'm taking a spinning class at my LYS this summer, and the homework is too intense to start a personal spinning project-- like spinning up a pound or more of fiber with a specific project in mind-- but the spinning that comes out of this -along is reliably mind-blowingly gorgeous.
- Tour de Fleece (7/5-7/27): An annual spin-along with the Tour de France. Unfortunately for me, the dates always seem to coincide with something in my real life-- last year it was my wedding and honeymoon, and this year it'll be a week of intensive professional development (last year was a way better reason not to spin everyday, I can already tell)-- but it's still a nice exercise in reminding myself to spin everyday. I also like to use it as a time to brush off my spindles, since I tend to abandon them in favor of my wheel.
- The Never-Ending Sweater KAL, with the Yarn Hoars: An amazing on-going conversation about making wearable garments.
- Twisted Gals (quarterly), with CTASpinners: A great opportunity to see many permutations of the same colorway and fiber.
- SKA (monthly): I love Sock Knitters Anonymous for sock inspiration-- there are thematic and designer challenges, as well as MOCKs (Mystery Sock Knit-Alongs).
- Spinners' Study (monthly): A resource for breed- and technique-specific conversations.
- HPKCHC (three 3 month terms, with one month breaks): I'd heard a little about the Harry Potter Knit and Crochet House Cup, and last month I decided to poke around a bit. It's a lot of fun-- really nice, enthusiastic crafters, a little bit of silliness, and all the fake points a girl could want!