Wednesday, works in progress.... a few days late.
|My Leethal Knitting Adventures have led me down a few paths.|
|Central spine of Askew|
Yarn: Classic Elite Yarn Firefly on size 4 needles
I do love this pattern so much. And the fiber. It does require that I keep checking my stitches near the central spine, one slip and it is really noticeable. I am on my third skein and may keep going through the fourth.
|Noro Hotaru Garter Scarf|
Yarn: Alchemy Yarns of Transformation-Juniper and Noro Hotaru on size 10 needles
The Alchemy is very hard to photograph, the true color is a purple with blue undertones. This is a great commuting knit and I have gotten quite a bit done
|Central Yarns Muh-muh Shawl|
Yarn: Berroco Boboli and Ultra Alpaca on size 9 needles
This is finished, blocked and just needs some weaving in of a few ends. In the photo, the garter tab cast on looks a bit funny, due to the way I arranged the folds of fabric. I love how it turned out after some pretty vigorous blocking. It stretched far enough to become more than a shawlette.
|I will definitely be using the gold and variegated, not sure yet if the Knit Picks will be needed.|
Yarn: Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride Worsted, Forest Greener, worsted weight on size 9 needles
I do like KALs (Knit-A-Longs) and sometimes I join one, not knowing what I will actually be knitting. It is a mix of fun and wonder. Sometimes the unknown gets me sitting on the edge of my seat with a new technique or style, but I do them because I like learning new things and my knitting tool box always needs revamping.
I found Lee Meredith's (Rav/Leethal) Adventure KAL on Twitter and joined because I admire the edgey patterns she creates and I like the highly contrasting colors in the bright and bold spectrum of the palette that she uses. It is a paid pattern and I really think you get so much value in this design. I like to "vote with my dollars" or support, and promote newer, younger designers.
Lee has used a new technique in the design of this KAL. The pattern is written as an adventure where you first choose a path to follow: Aqua Passage, Orange Trail, Green Byway or Gold Route. These names indicate the size of your project from something toe grace your neck, head, hands or as a gift. The second set of adventures asks you to choose a tree to climb, with each tree being a particular stitch pattern: the trees include Bristlecone Pine, Giant Redwood, Birch tree or Basket tree. I just downloaded the third set of instructions and they tell me how to add details to my current WIP. The options include: Play in the River, Have Camp Fun, Swing From Vines or Try the Footpath. Each of these directions, like the trees climbed earlier, knit up a stitch pattern that is inspired by the activity. I don't want to give too much away, but I am enjoying the options and the techniques that I am learning.
So I am following the Aqua Passage, climbing the Bristlecone Pine, and Playing in the River. I admit, at first I was at a loss with where I should begin my adventure. I was eager to get started and became a little frustrated that I was not getting the drape I wanted with the yarn I had selected. I ripped out and tried another yarn and size needle. This too was a disappointment. I dug deeper in the stash and found a few skeins I had forgotten about. I am now knitting with the solid gold Lamb's Pride. I love the color and the stitch definition. I have not made it very far, I am still doing the Climb the Tree part but I am loving the pattern so far and eagerly await the arrival of the final set of directions.