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KAL WEST

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Last week I finally found a window of time to cast on a new project for myself! (Always an exciting prospect!) It had to be something easy to transport as I was going off to a Hen Do that weekend, yes you heard me right, knitting at a Hen Do, but hey! knitting is fashionable nowadays (plus people would find it weird if I wasn’t there with yarn in my hand!).
After much scouring through the wonderful Ravelry I settled on something by Stephen West, but now which of them do I choose!!? Go have a looksie yourself at http:// http://www.ravelry.com/designers/stephen-west
Well he’s famous for his scarf and shawl patterns, so that seemed a good place to start….except that he has loads!!!!! I didn’t really feel like I’d narrowed the list down at all :s
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In the end I settled on his latest Knit A Long: a collection of 3 different shawl patterns to have fun with and put your own colour stamp on.
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Ok yet more decision making! But in the end I went with Lumpy Space due to its wonderful shaping throughout. Plus I had some love drops lace weight to use from The Yarn Cake ( http://www.theyarncake.co.uk/) in Glasgow which is full of colour and I’ve been itching to start knitting it!
Here is my progress so far:
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A mass of clashing colours, with some bright lace cotton from Brazil mixed in as well. And yes I did knit on the hen do:
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(How I wishing lived by a beach!)
Hopefully I’ll get time to finish it soon!

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Spangle-shirten!

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I want to start a craze, a craze of mad multicoloured fun and fantastic jumpers- Spangle-shirtens!

The world seems full of greys and blues and beige, why not bright pink clashing with luminous green? You know you want to be out there having fun in these colours secretly!

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I was checking out Simon West’s blog the other day (a fantastic knitting designer) and his knitting “gang” the fun squad have started a craze for Swants (aka trousers made out of sweaters).

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Ya’ know what? I’m really tempted! And loads of others have been as well! Check out the tutorial and his amazing designs at http://westknits.com/index.php/2013/11/swants-tutorial/

The first spangle-shirten is based on a pattern by Drops Design, called Cleo. (available to all on Ravelry or at http://www.garnstudio.com/lang/en/pattern.php?id=5734&lang=en)

Don’t get me wrong, i love it made up in this purly grey; I just have the urge to step outside my comfort zone a bit- well a lot!

I’ ve started my plight with a combination of yarns, colours and stitches- is this too much? I won’t know till it’s made, and by then it will be too late to do anything but love it!

 

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If all goes well I’ll be putting up a blog about the finished Spangle-shirten next week, and by then world domination can only be just around the corner, surely?…