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Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Another Something New!

Over my years of knitting, I've found that if I have too many projects going at once, nothing gets finished and it stresses me out.  One sweater, one shawl, one pair of socks (or mitts), and a crochet project seems to be just enough going on at one time (we won't count weaving, spinning or sewing in the totals, OK?)  So when I finished Ashburn and started Zephyr Cove, that was one shawl started for the one shawl finished.  Perfect balance!  Except that I decided to start another shawl in addition to Zephyr Cove.

I kept seeing Stephen West's new Mystery KAL, Marled Magic, show up on my Ravelry feed.  Normally I might look at it and if it was something I thought I might be interested in knitting at some point in the future, I add it to my favorites.  This time though, I saw that the MKAL was geared towards stash busting.  I had just resorted and reorganized my stash and knew I had many leftover partial balls of fingering weight yarn.  I checked the required amounts in the pattern, went up to the stash and started pulling yarns.  I know myself well enough to know that if I'd just grabbed every leftover fingering weight yarn I own, I wouldn't be very happy.  I knew I needed to narrow down the color selection a bit.  I decided to start with my cool colored leftovers which are all medium dark to dark (all the lighter cool colored leftovers have become part of the Meditative Blanket).  I had a lot of cool colored leftovers from green to blue green to blue violet to deep, moody violet.  I decided to start with these colors and then add in some sparks of other colors and I decided to go for a kind of Gypsy Mermaid theme.  This meant adding some algae colors, bronze, anything a mermaid might find in the ocean, whether it lives there or just ended up there due to a shipwreck.  I also added a little bit of hot pink because I liked the way it popped with the cooler, darker colors.  When I finished making my pile of yarn this is what I had:
Gypsy Mermaid
I weighed it all to make sure it I had enough - I have twice as much yarn as I need!  Clearly I've got plenty of colors to pick and choose from, so I bagged it up and cast on!  I've never knit a Stephen West design although I have a couple in my library, and while I know I'm taking a chance on a Mystery KAL, I've got the opportunity to bust some serious stash with this project.  If it ends up way too crazy, I can always toss it over my pajamas when Max and I cuddle in for some Netflix.

The first clue came out last Friday and I've done the first section of it (there are two sections).  If you're doing this KAL and you don't want to see the first clue, turn away now.

Seriously, I'm about to show you a picture of what I've done so far, so if you don't want to see this, walk away from your computer.

Last chance to look away!

Ok, so here is my first section of Clue 1.  I'm loving how it looks so far and it's so much fun playing with all the colors and somehow, when I laid it out to take a picture of it, all the yarn tails (which are there for a reason and will be dealt with later) made a little loopy thing and I have no idea how it happened only that it did and maybe it was magic?  I don't even know, I'm just having fun here.

I will be working on getting the second section of Clue 1 finished before this Friday, when Clue 2 is released.



Anonymous Joyce said...

I too get overwhelmed when I have too many projects going. I find that no matter how many things are started, I tend to concentrate on one or two of them. Saying that, I gave in to a massive case of start-itis right at the end of 2016. So...I have 3 sweaters, 3 shawls, 2 cowls, 3 pairs of socks, and a scarf on the needles. Then I had shoulder surgery. Over the last 7 weeks I've mostly knit on one of the cowls--in the round, knit every row. That's about all I could handle. A couple of the sweaters are calling out to me, so I hope I can get back to them soon!

10:53 AM  
Blogger Susanne said...

That looks very fun...and a great way to bust the stash!!

12:27 PM  
Blogger Nicole said...

Very neat! Though... all those yarn tails would give me fits, even if there is a purpose for them later. ;-)

12:35 PM  

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