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

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 :). 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.

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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.

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” 😉

Clue Three is done!

Clue Three is done!

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 🙂

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

Westknits Mystery Shawl KAL 2013

Westknits Mystery Shawl KAL 2013

The Plot Thickens

I spent the better part of Saturday working on the first clue of the Westknits Mystery KAL 2013. It was a rainy day and Moe Koffman and Earl Grey were good company.

I’m posting my progress on Ravelry and if you’d like to take a peek, just click the “anti-spoiler” avatar below.

Westknits Mystery Shawl KAL 2013

Westknits Mystery Shawl KAL 2013

A Change In The Air

I’m starting to think about Autumn projects, despite the very warm temperature here. There is a change in the air, folks getting ready for back to school, something that still gives me a little thrill. Nothing like new notebooks and pens. They always felt like untapped potential to me, even in grade school. We’ll be with a new school board this year – thank goodness!

Anyway… On to the knitting. I know. haven’t finished the test knit yet but… I have all this yarn and… and people wanting handknits!

That’s my story, gonna knit with it. These are in my queue for September:

The Beau would look good in this sweater. I’m thinking a cotton / wool for his in chambray blue.

New project for The Beau.

New project for The Hubby.

DSDitto has been wanting a scarf, so I’ll have to scare up something washable for him. I’m thinking a blue and burgundy variation of my denim waves scarf that I knit for DS. The girls can knit and crochet respectively, I’m thinking I should be asking someone to make something for me! I’m just about to the end of the blanket that DS requested.

For me, I am so diggin’ this sweater. Love Vanessa Smith’s designs. Modern, clean and with great attention to detail.

Sweater for me.

I couldn’t resist signing up for Stephen West’s latest KAL, Westknits Mystery Shawl KAL 2013: Colour Craving. I just purchased the pattern today and chose The Plucky Knitter’s Primo for my yarn. I am ridiculously in love with this stuff. It has been an absolute joy to work with for my test knit design – which will be finished by the weekend for sure.

And now… to the cloning facility so I can get all this done!

Yarn Pr0n AND Book Pr0n

My Webs order:

Berocco Alpaca Fine and My Grandmother's Knitting

Can’t wait to start this project. The dark blueberry mix is for the vintage-style Concetta Cardigan by Ciriila Rose from the book, My Grandmother’s Knitting and the turquoise blend is for Norah Gaughan’s “Jubilee” scarf.

I’ll be casting these on just as soon as SPNF #’s 4 and 5 are complete… probably tomorrow now that I have this incentive.

I’ve recently become a fan of WestKnits – how did I miss these designs? – as much for the fact that he’s a guy who knits – and that is rather rare but also because he brings a more masculine aesthetic to his designs – they actually look like something a dude would wear! This sweater, “Drangey“, by Stephen West, really caught my eye for the texture and simple and attractive colourwork and the saddle shoulders – very wearable. I’m thinking a deep charcoal fleck with red stripes would look great in this pattern.

And-d-d… this is how my stash grows!