NEW Mystery KAL: Flywheel

Today is the big day! Flywheel is up on Ravelry!

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I do so love a mystery KAL.  Please join in the fun! I’m hosting the Flywheel M-KAL in the Remily Knits forum on Ravelry.  You’ll find all the details there, of course, but here is most crucial information.

Pattern Information
This triangular shawl is worked from the top down. Flywheel begins with a garter-stitch tab and progresses through all stitch patterns with regular increases at the spine and both edges. The shawl is designed to be made with two skeins of fingering-weight yarn in complementary colorways (choose semi-solid or tonal colorways for best results). Clues alternate between the two colorways, resulting in broad stripes. Each clue features a different stitch pattern, with transitions between clues.

Finished Size: appx 74” tip to tip and 37” down the spine

Yarn: A Hundred Ravens Llyr 438 yd/400 m per 3.5 oz/100 g skein; Color 1: “Thames” (sample used about 340 yards); Color 2: “Grass” (sample used about 430 yards)
Gauge: 20 sts = 4” in stockinette stitch (exact gauge is not critical for this project; however it will affect yardage needed to complete shawl)
Tools: #4/3.5mm circular needle, stitch markers, cable needle, tapestry needle

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Wacky Wednesday: How Do Dinosaurs Wear Their Knitting?

 

A Hundred Ravens can be found at the Wayland Winter Farmers’ Market most Saturdays! Snugged in amongst the plants and, um, garden decorations you will find a wide variety of delicious local food and other neat stuff.  Kate sells hard copies of many of my patterns, and has lovely samples worked up in her yarn.  The butter-yellow Levade in Llyr is one of my favorites.

 

But.

 

It’s even better on a dinosaur.

 

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(The raptor  is a yard ornament. That you can buy. To put in your yard. And terrify people.)

CO Monday: Flywheel, a new shawl design!

I’m very excited about my latest design project!  I hardly dare say it (because jinx), but it’s coming together so effortlessly, and I looooove it so much! Here’s a bit of the first motif:

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One of the joys of being and indie designer is that I can share photos whenever I like! So there.

My new collection of shawls is called “Clockwork.”  Each shawl will feature different fingering-weight yarn from A Hundred Ravens.  I’m using the yet-to-be-released spring/summer colors, and each two-skein shawl will feature two different colorways. I’ve seen some preview skeins, and they are unspeakably lovely, so I hope you are all super jealous 🙂 :).

I swatched madly and then cast on for the first shawl, Flywheel, this week, using Llyr, a silk/wool blend with all the drape and shine you’d expect.  I’m using two semi-solid colorways, and some really interesting and fun stitch patterns.  This design will probably be my mystery KAL pattern for the collection. (Interested?  Make sure to sign up for my email list to be notified first about mystery KAL updates.)

FO Friday: Firebird Rhea Silvia

I finished, finally! 🙂 I give you … a very BRIGHTLY colored cowl/wrap:

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Project: Firebird Rhea Silvia

Pattern: Rhea Silvia

Designer: Sara Morris

Available: $6 on Ravelry

Yarn: A Hundred Ravens Iachos in “Midst Her Fires”

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Two skeins of Iachos ends up being not quite enough yarn for a Rhea Silvia.  If I’d read the pattern thoroughly, I would have know this. Instead, I got caught off guard … fortunately, I was able to bind off a row or three early on both edges, and it still looks pretty good.  Even with blocking, I’m finding the border flares more than I like.  If I make another Rhea Silvia, I’ll probably decrease more when transitioning from the cabled body to the border in order to limit/eliminate this flare.

That said, I’m delighted with the end product! Kate’s yarn shines (glows, even!) in this pattern. The striping and pooling of hand-dyed yarn can be SO much fun!  I’ve been wearing it doubled-up (see below) and getting lots of compliments.

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FO Friday: Morticia Raven

I made a Boo Knits shawl!

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Project: Mortica Raven

Pattern: Morticia

Designer: Boo Knits

Available: £4.00 GBP on Ravelry

Yarn: A Hundred Ravens Alfar in “Smoke”

Beads: A:  Miyuki Triangle Seed Bead 8/0 Metallic Gunmetal from Auracrystals.com MY-TR08-0451; B:  Miyuki Round Seed Bead 8/0 Transparent Crystal AB from Auracrystals.com MY-08-0250

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I think this kind of lace speaks for itself. I thoroughly enjoyed this Mystery KAL.  I managed to keep up, which is saying something!  “Morticia” is just plain beautiful — a totally fun and challenging knit.  I loved ALL the beading. I thought I might die from the final cast-off … took me the better part of two solid evenings … but I did finish, and it was completely worth the effort.

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FO Friday, I mean Wednesday: Fall in Alexandria

Seriously? It doesn’t get much more fabulous than this:

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Project: Fall in Alexandria

Pattern: Alexandra Shawl

Designer: Dee O’Keefe

Available: $6 on Ravelry

Yarn: hand-dyed gradient yarn from A Hundred Ravens

I told you all about making the gradient yarn for this fabulous shawl.  The pattern worked out PERFECTLY — I really respect and admire Dee’s pattern writing style and design skills.  I’ll let the pictures do the talking on this one!

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FO Friday: Pansy Prairie

I (finally) finished my Eden Prairie shawl!

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Project: Pansy Prairie

Pattern: Eden Prairie

Designer: Nancy Whitman

Available: $7 on Ravelry

Yarn: Classic Elite Yarns Alpaca Sox in Charcoal, Oatmeal, Wren, and Pansy

I instigated a KAL in my knitting group earlier this year … and I think I may be the last to finish?  I put this aside for far too long, and I’m so glad I came back and finished! It was really fun to choose colors for this project.  My advice is to start with the “pop” color in the center, and work from there.  Alpaca Sox was delicious to work with and is fabulous to wear.