Finished Object: Starting Point Wrap

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Joji Locatelli’s Starting Point Wrap, knit in STF Sunna in The Witching Hour, Fog, and Raku, and STF Astraea in Retro and South Pacific.

I don’t know about you, but the throes of summer always seem to burst my well-laid plans and schedules. I’m not really sure why, because it’s not like my kids are small and, suddenly home from school, require all my attention. But for whatever reason, I find that, when summer hits, my productivity and schedule seem to go POOF into thin air.

A prime example of this is my lack of Color Inspiration Thursday posts over the last month of so. Seriously, all of a sudden I realize it’s Friday (or Saturday) and I missed another Thursday. I hate that!

Anyway, I hope I get myself back together and on my regular posting schedule soon! I have fun putting those posts together.

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In other news, I finished my Starting Point Wrap, Joji Locatelli’s recent Mystery Knit-along. This is the first time I’ve participated in a mystery knit-along, and I really wasn’t going to until I took a peek at the Clue 1 photos in her spoiler thread, and just loved what I saw. When Joji posted about the pattern, I got her yardage requirements and I didn’t have a yarn base that fit the yardages outlined in the pattern, so I didn’t put any kits together. This has since been rectified and I have one (or more!) new fingering weight bases coming soon and I’ll be doing a few kits for this pattern, for anyone who didn’t participate in the MKAL and wants to knit it now (the pattern is now available on Ravelry in one document rather than 5 separate clues).

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My daughter, Caragh, is 5’7″ … this is a wonderfully large wrap!

This pattern was SO FUN to knit. So fun, in fact, that I’m seriously considering knitting another one. At some point. After a few other deadline projects are done. But, really, I can’t recommend it enough. It’s not complicated, but there is just enough detail to make it fun and interesting. I’ve knit at least 4 of Joji’s patterns, and every single one has been a joy: well-written, well-edited and tested and, of course, well-designed.

What I like about this wrap is it’s construction and it’s size.

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I’m lucky to have such a photogenic model πŸ˜€

It’s knit in two pieces, which are then joined in the center by two triangles. It’s fun and interesting, and I really like the result. I’d been wanting to knit South Pacific and Retro together ever since I created them last Autumn, and when I started looking around for colors, I noticed that Raku looks awesome with both of them. Throw in two neutral grays and, voila! Awesome color scheme, contemporary design … such a great combination.

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This is not a small wrap! It’s knit in fingering weight yarn at a nice, drapey gauge. I love that it’s so big, but it’s also so versatile. Wear it as a shawl or wrap, or scrunched about around your neck for a wonderful, substantial scarf. I can’t wait for cooler temps; I’m sure I’ll wear this piece a lot!

What colors would you knit this pattern in? Inquiring minds … I’ll be dyeing up some kits in the next couple of weeks for my next shop update, and always open to ideas :-).

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Color Inspiration Thursday: Deep in the Abyss

Oh, how I love this color. It’s one of my new speckled colorways, but it’s a dark, deeply saturated hue. I wanted to see what speckles would do on a more darkly hued base color, and I was not disappointed.

Deep in the Abyss starts with a deep charcoal gray base, over which varying tones of blue and intense purples are layered and speckled. The result is a colorway with serious depth, nuance and personality.

Whether it’s an abyss deep in the ocean or far off in space, it’s the little sparks of light illuminating the darkness that always draw my eye and spark my imagination.

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Daniel Craig because he popped up when I searched for images, and who am I to argue? heh.

I can envision this color knit into a gorgeous sweater, or used in a fabulous colorwork project. It’s solid enough for lace, but variegated enough to never be boring. It’s such a sophisticated neutral.

I want to knit all the things in this color.

 

(and yeah, I know it’s not Thursday. Work with me here. It’s summer πŸ™‚ ).

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Color Inspiration: Flirt

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Coming to my online shop update (tomorrow! if all goes like it’s supposed to!) is “Flirt.” Pops of bright pink, yellow, and gray with subtle washes of aqua blue, this colorway just feels flirty to me. A little bit happy-go-lucky, a little bit coquettish, and a whole lot of fun.

It will be in the shop both as single skeins on Selene, and in a few of multi-skein kits for all those awesome striped and multi-colored projects out there these days.

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Color Inspiration Thursday: Bluestone

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So, I have to admit that this colorway was an accident. It turned out to be a very happy accident, as I really love it, but it was definitely not planned.

I had a late subscriber to my Sweater Club, so I had to quickly dye up another batch of the March club color, Winter Sea, which is a soft gray-blue. I went on my merry way, soaking the yarn, mixing the dye, getting it all into the pot …

and then …

I gave it a stir. And the yarn did NOT look like the right color, at all.

Turned out, I totally forgot I was dyeing HALF a batch of yarn, and made up the recipe for a FULL batch. Duh.

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At left, Bluestone. At right, Winter Sea. (Thanks to my local knitting friend, Anne, for taking such a lovely photo of her sweater-in-progress … I can’t find my photo of the club yarn at the moment.)

 

So, yes, it’s lovely. But, no, it’s not the club colorway. I quickly realized what I had done, and re-dyed the club colorway. And then realized that this goof was quite a nice color blue, and not really like any other colorway I had yet created. New colorways sometimes come about via the silliest routes.

I’ll have some of this colorway on a couple of bases in my late June online shop update.

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