Monday, October 24, 2016

Mystery Knitting: Playing Catch Up

I'm not usually a swatch person. Particularly when it comes to shawls, but it seemed like Stephen was trying so hard to get me to swatch that I felt it might be important. Here is my little swatch. I got pretty close on gauge, so I'm calling it good. I was sick the first week of the knit along so I my progress was pretty abysmal.
I really liked that this section had four separate parts and each built on the last. The construction is interesting and the knitting is keeping me interested.
I got a little bit more than this before the second clue came out. I'm so behind!
 I made it through the first clue.
And started on the second. This is my first foray into brioche knitting. I found Stephen's video very helpful and decided to try something new. I'm almost to clue three. I will be perpetually behind on this one. Not that I'm letting it keep me down.

Pattern is the Building Blocks Mystery Knit Along by Stephen West.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Mystery Knitting: Perfect Yarn

I couldn't resist joining Stephen West's 2016 Mystery Knit Along. I have enjoyed every shawl I've finished using his patterns.
Neighborhood Fiber Co. created this amazing custom color for Fibre Space. I liked it so much I used it as the base for my color choices. It is called Ziggy Stardust. The other colors are Mondawmin (pink), Woodberry (blue), and Remington (purple).
All four of my selections for the mystery KAL are Studio Sock from Neighborhood Fiber Co. Such fun and vibrant colors. I thought they would be perfect for a Stephen West creation.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

The Anchor: The Cutting

Another update on my progress with the Anchor Quilt pattern by Tula Pink.
I would try to cut one or two colors in the evenings after dinner. It didn't take long. Maybe 15 minutes per print to cut the 40-100 squares in each print.
By the end of the week I had cut all the squares and sorted them. That didn't mean the cutting was done!
Each row includes cutting instructions for the background fabrics. Then I had to layout each section so I could begin to assemble the sections. This was when I knew the print choices were what I needed to get the desired effect.

I see this project hanging around for a while before I get to the finish line. Much more like a marathon than my usual sprints.

If you want to keep up with my progress in close to real-time I recommend you follow me on Instagram. I post almost every day and several times on the weekends. Everything from crochet, to knitting, dyeing yarn, shopping and quilting shows up in my feed.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Knitting Update

I finally finished my shawl experiment. I may have over done it, but I love the finished piece.
Yarn is from Jill Draper. I didn't use a pattern as this was an experiment with short rows. I really like the results and I may write a pattern.
I've decided to get to work on an asymmetrical shawl I learned while doing the 5 Shawls in 5 Days challenge. If you want to learn about basic shawl shaping I highly recommend you check it out. This is my test to make sure I knew what I was doing with my lace edging. I used a lace edging design I found on a lace knitting blog. If you are interested in lace-knit edges I recommend you do a couple searches on you search engine of choice. You will find both charted and written directions for more lace than one person will ever need. I worked my sample in worsted so I could see what I was doing for the sample.
Once I had straightened myself out with the edge lace, I incorporated it into the shawl shape to make sure I was on the right track. I was so pleased that it went as quickly and easily as it did. The next step is to find the perfect yarn and knit up a small shawl. I think I can do that!
I've started on my Time Traveler Virus Shawl. I'm so glad I picked up this yarn from Knit Picks. It's just so much fun.

My quest for more shawls than any one person needs continues!