Not A Rope Watson, I-Cord Old Chap

Wrapped up the border last night around 7:00 and then did a little reading on the Chat Only thread over at the MKAL headquarters to see what finishes were being used. With three different choices, there are a lot of different looks to choose from.

My first thought when I read through the clue on Friday, was i-cord. This design is very architectural and I could picture a nice clean finish in harmony with the long straight lines and the striping. Shouldn’t have read the thread… There’s a lot of praise for the picot cast off and one knitter took out her i-cord to use that one instead.

I agonized for a bit and then decided to stick to my plan. I-cord in the three colours, more or less in thirds. With there being varying amounts of each left over, the colour distribution will probably be more asymmetrical but I think that’ll be in keeping with the overall design.

I posted a picture of the first bit of i-cord on Instagram last night, if anyone wants to peek – links are on the right side of blog. As work interferes with all of my fun, I probably won’t have a photo until late tonight. I almost hate to see the end of this, it’s been a lot of fun!

ETA: I have a photo on my project page of the i-cord progress that you can see by clicking on “Stephen” below.

Casting off

Casting off


No FO but it was traded for the best weekend in a very long time :).

I’m working the border right now and taking time to consider my cast off. This design seems to lend itself to an i-cord finish. I like the idea of that clean look with this. It would required using all three colours of yarn as there won’t be quite enough of any of A, B or C but I rather like the idea of carrying through the colour block design into the finish.

Will ponder as i go this evening after work.

How I Spent My Weekend ~ Spoiler Alert!

Big girl sleepovers, best friends, my other family, cool knitting mamas, mystery KAL knitting – trying out the hashtag speak of Instagram :).ย Knitters always seem to be on the cutting edge of the latest technology – what a great way to share the love of the craft, right?

The shawl is progressing beautifully and I hope your weekend was as peaceful and good for the soul as mine was.

The Game Is Afoot!

Hello Clue four, no more playing hard to get, I’m ready for the big reveal.

Clue Four

Clue Four

ETA: I highly recommend having the suggested 100 cm / 40 in cords or needles. Two in addition to your working needle if you’re going to make this. The longest I had on hand was 90 cm / 36 in and although manageable, would make all those stitches a little unwieldy for a less experienced knitter. Also easier to take a recognizable progress photo on the longer length, much less “boonching” :). I say though Watson, that helped to conceal the mystery and so… on with the knitting and perhaps an FO by weekend’s end.

Needler’s Retreat 2013

Yesterday began the four week countdown to Needler’s Retreat 2013. This annual retreat is put on by my friend Debbie Marshall of Sheeps Ahoy.

I am so excited to be going this year after having missed the 2012 edition. The teachers this year are Anna Dalvi, my friend Natalie Servant and Mary Pat McDonald. No homework this year kids! Good thing as I am just wrapping up the last band of my boy’s ripple afghan and biting my nails waiting for the last clue in Stephen West’s MKAL.

The Retreat is held at The Glen House in Gananoque – gateway to The Thousand Islands – and it has a very interesting history. The entire atmosphere is so fun and relaxing, the company always fine and I cannot wait.

My best friend, Francine of Fancy That – shawl pins and jewellery, is my bunk mate and as we are both a little bitten by the shutter bug, there should be some wonderful pictures of The Glen House and grounds and of course the shenanigans – or very serious fibre study – that will be going on.

I was able to catch a sale on a wonderful Atenti overnight bag:

Keeping the "punk" in Punk Rock Pointe Shoes... :)

Keeping the “punk” in Punk Rock Pointe Shoes… ๐Ÿ™‚

… and I hope it gets here quick, I’m ready to start packing now!

In other news, if anyone has good vibes to spare, I’ve just applied for a new job in my division and I could use all the positive thoughts I can get. My life has changed dramatically in the last year and this could be a very positive one.

Oh and… (it just gets more funny with each repeat) just TWO more sleeps until Clue Four inย Westknits Mystery Shawl KAL 2013: Colour Craving is released!

Cheers all – the week is halfway through

Get A Clue

Wrapped up Clue Three last night. This one was quick and easy, long runs of garter stitch and easily done between my Saturday chores.

Photos behind Stephen’s “anti-spoiler” avatar. It basically looks like a bigger blob but a nicely colour coordinated blob and won’t to badly traumatize anyone who peeks inadvertently and then suffers from “Spoiler Remorse” ๐Ÿ˜‰

Clue Three is done!

Clue Three is done!

In The Parlour With A Rope

Clue two is a wrap! Now back at it with my son’s afghan to fill the hours between work – holy! I better get going, they like when you show up every day – and the release of the next clue.

Westknits MKAL 2013 2

ETA: The picture isn’t there yet and seeing as on the needle and the spare, it rather resembles a colour coordinated blob, there’s not much to be missed! I will post it this evening when I get home from work, just to be all official-like.

Come on Friday!

Deeper Into The Mystery

I am enjoying this KAL so much!

Behind the “Anti-Spoiler” avatar are my most recent progress photos on Ravelry, showing Section one completed and the beginning of Section two. I almost ran home after work last night so that I could begin Section two! I’m finding it flows more than Section one and the construction method is so engaging. Colour C is now in the mix and I’m happy with how all three colours are playing together. There would be a few different options even with just three different colours used. I’m thinking tonal shades of purple or black with brights for a funky look. Seems I’m already planning my next version of this one ๐Ÿ™‚

I would love to be inside Stephen’s mind when he designs!

Westknits Mystery Shawl KAL 2013

Westknits Mystery Shawl KAL 2013