Guess what time it is? Time to pick your yarns and colors for the Westknits Mystery Shawl KAL! I’m super excited about this year’s KAL because the name this year is COLOR CRAVING. I am always up for some fun new colorwork and with $1 from every sign donated to the Ricefield Collective, it make the KAL even sweeter.
This year the pattern is calling for three different colors of fingering weight yarn.
You can get the pattern here on Ravelry and join up with the KAL group to sneak a peek at what yarns and colors other people are planning to use and to get some ideas of your own brewing.
Below is the schedule for the release of clues:
Clue #1 – September 13th
Clue #2 – September 20th
Clue #3 – September 27th
Clue #4 – October 4th
I can’t wait to see what amazing texture and color combinations that Stephen has dreamed up for this KAL. I’m hoping to do the KAL in handspun again this year. I was really happy with how things turned out with my Rockefeller.
Are any of you planning to do this KAL? Did you participate in last year’s KAL? I’d love to hear!
I’ve been itching to get started on another handspun shawl and, after looking at dozens of patterns and handspun combos earlier this week, decided that I NEED to knit another daybreak. And this one MUST be knit in Wensleydale.
I chose to use 4oz of “Not So Seaworthy” colorway by Spunky Eclectic and paired it with Rosa’s amazing natural deep brown. I really like how these two yarns play together and Wensleydale is just so dreamy to work with! It is knitting up super fast and I’m looking forward to snuggling up in it on these still-cool spring evenings.
In this week’s FO Friday post, I’m happy to share with you my finished Pogona!
Pogona is a fun, geometrically shaped shawl by Stephen West, that is perfect for showing off handpainted fiber. I chose to knit this from my handspun Wensleydale in “Scarecrow” colorway by Spunky Eclectic. I love the warm and inviting colors and my friend W. says that the colors and stripey-ness of the shawl remind her of some of the beautiful mushrooms growing in the woods. I only ended up using 6 out of my 8oz of this yarn so I still have another 2oz of this yummy fiber to play with. Yay!
I used the recommended 4.0 mm needles for my Pogona and it yielded a nice sized and beautifully drapey shawl that just begs to be snuggled in. I am gifting this shawl to a fellow spinner with an obsession with longwools (just like me!) and I really hope that she enjoys wrapping up in it.
What’s on your needles? Finish up anything new? I’d love to hear all about it!
Had a little false start with this blog post earlier today … accidentally hit “Publish” while trying to explain a feature of WordPress to my husband. Whoops! Sorry about that!
In this weeks work-in-progress post I’m sharing a project, my continuing obsession with handspun shawls, AND with Stephen West’s patterns … a handspun Pogona. I’m often curious as about the names of projects and, as a little side note, according to both the pattern pages and google, Pogona is a genus of lizard which are commonly known as “bearded dragon.” Cool huh? Learn something new every day
The fiber I chose for this project is 8oz of wensleydale in “Scarecrow” colorway by Spunky Eclectic. I love the bright, vibrant, end-of-summer-ish colors in this fiber and as for wensleydale, I just can’t get enough of it! Scarecrow was the October colorway of the month and I chose to spin up mine as fingering weight singles with the intention of using it to knit a shawl. I wanted something that would really show off the great colors of this fiber without muddying the design, so enter in Pogona. A really quick knit (I’m half finished already!) with lots of texture and a unique shape. Can’t wait to work blocking magic on this baby!
So what have you been working on this week? Is there a designer’s patterns that you just can’t get enough of? I’d love to hear all about it!
I excited to finally be able to share some pictures of my Barndom shawl with you all. It is a fun combination of garter stitch goodness, colorwork, and cabling and I highly recommend this pattern to anyone looking for a fun and striking shawl.
I did run into a couple of bumps along the way (late night knitting and keeping track of rows aren’t really friends at this house) and I ran out of blue yarn (I could have SWORN that I had another ball around here somewhere!) but all in all I’m really pleased with the results. And the shawl is so squishy and cozy. I love snuggling up in soft woolly things!
Have you been working on any big projects? Have you finished something that you are particularly proud of? I’d love to hear all about it!
Well, it is official … I’m hooked on Stephen West’s designs. I just can’t seem to get enough of them! Enter Barndom …
I started on a handspun version of this shawl (because if there is anything more fun than knitting one of Stephen’s designs, it is knitting it in handspun!) but I just couldn’t get the yarns I had chosen to play nicely together. After trying multiple times to get a stashed handspun yarn to go with the handspun I had chosen for my main color, I said “To Heck With It!!!” and grabbed some really lovely Belfast Mini Mills Specialty sock and cast on with that instead. I’m super happy with how it is progressing so far and it is knitting up really quickly. I started knitting this yesterday
So what crafting do you have on the go now? Are you in Holiday Crafting Crisis mode or are you kicking back and having some fun? Me? I’m having FUN!
I’ve had this finished for a little while now (actually, I finished it around November 30th I believe) but I just hadn’t gotten around to sharing it with you all. Today is the perfect day!
This is my second time knitting Stephen West’s Daybreak pattern and it was just as delightful the this time round. I chose some of my own hand painted BFL fiber and paired it up with natural BFL and got spinning away. BFL makes some really amazing and silky singles! And the colors make me think of moss and walks in the forest.
What have you been working on lately? Finish up anything extra special? I’d love to hear all about it!
Long time no see everyone! November has turned out to be an even crazier month than I had originally anticipated. I’ve decided that this is the year to step out and actually participate in some of the craft fairs around here so I have been busy dying wool, spinning yarn, and printing patterns to stock my table. I spent a very enjoyable day last Sunday at MachPhail Homestead in Orwell and I’m looking forward to the craft sale this Friday and Saturday at the Wellness Center in Montague.
With all the preparations for the sales, I’ve still managed to get in some of my own spinning and knitting. This week I’ve started on a second handspun Daybreak (and I feel another one in the near future as well!). This shawl is for a kettlebell buddy
I chose 6oz of lovely natural BFL that I had in my stash and dyed it up in shades of green, hints of gold, and brown. Then I decided that it needed to be spun up into a plump and bouncy fingering weight singles. I’m really pleased with how the yarn turned out.
I paired it up with some plain white handspun that I had in my stash and got right to knitting. I’m on stripe 12 of 16 now so I’m really cruising along. I’m hoping to give the finished shawl to my friend next week.
How had your November been so far? Are you getting lots of crafting in? Do you sell in craft fairs? I’d love to hear all about your month so far!
I have a fun new shawl to show off to you all today … my handspun Daybreak.
I chose to knit the medium sized shawl from some really lovely handspun. The main color was spun up as singles from 4oz of Falkland wool in “Saffron” colorway by NorthboundKnitting and the cream color is a two ply in BFL from Spunky Eclectic.
The shawl is a wonderful combo of soft and fuzzy and silky and drapey all at once. I love how the center portion looks like growth rings on a tree!
Amazingly enough, this was the last WIP that I had sitting and waiting for me to finish. How crazy is that! So naturally, I’ve started working on a new project but you’ll need to check back later next week for the dirt on that one! lol
I’m off outside now because we’ve been blessed with a gorgeous, sunny Autumn day. Hope you all have a beautiful weekend and happy crafting!
I’m so happy to report that I’ve finished my handspun Rockefeller. I’ve been working on and off on this baby since July! I learned a lot in this project and got to put other (much neglected skills) into practice.
I had some beautiful polwarth fiber in “Tribe” colorway by Greenwood Fiberworks sitting in my stash waiting for “that special project.” I must admit that I am WAY worse for “saving” fiber than I ever was for saving those special balls of yarn. Along came the West Knits Mystery KAL and I thought that this would definitely be the project for my special fiber and handspun. I spun up the polwarth as a 3 ply fingering weight and I paired it with some lovely black merino handspun that I had waiting in my stash. I love how well these colors work together!
This project was one of the most interesting project that I’ve knit to date. Here are some of the design elements that I really enjoyed:
The construction is modular (which in itself make the project very fun!) and semi-circular. I’ve only knit one semi-circular shawl previously so this was a real treat.
I learned a new short row technique call the Japanese Short Rows. Here are two how-to videos so you can try it too!
I-cord edging!!!!! I love how smooth and streamlines this technique make edges look.
Intarsia. This type of colorwork used to have me shaking in my boots but not anymore. I messed about with swatches and scrap yarn lots so I felt much more comfortable with this technique when I started Rockefeller.
Slip stitch colorwork (This is SUPER fun)
So this project was jam packed with fun things to work on and I’m really happy with how the shawl turned out. Now if I could just stretch my arms a little bit more so I could take better photos …
What project(s) are you working on now? Are you trying out any new techniques or practicing some less-used skills? I’d love to hear all about it!