Last month at Stitches West, my knitting group all drank the same kool-aid! The Miss Babs’/Martina Behm kool-aid, Viajante.
The mass cast on swept me up easily. I picked yarn, a lace weight halloween themed number my mom and I dyed together. I knew from the beginning it was destined to be a Martina Behm pattern, so the time was right.
Until Stephen West’s latest MKAL started. I’m not doing it this go around but I’m watching the progress intently. I got swept up with that energy too and promptly decided I’d rather work on some bias knit seed stitch, like the second section of the MKAL.
Until I swatched, that is.
I tried the yarn held alone. Then I tried introducing a second lace weight yarn (Malabrigo Lace that’s been hiding in the stash. It’s Malabrigo March after all!) I wasn’t loving it the way I wanted to though.
Before I could say ‘cast on’, I found myself sequence knitting. And suddenly, a star was born! I’m definitely loving it.
New Plan: Avoid KALs of all types and make up my own shit. As usual!
In theory, I’m going to knit a symmetric triangle, with the yarn held double, currently the halloween yarn and the green Malabrigo. I’m doing a simple K5, P5 sequence with a KFB at the beginning of each row. It’s developed into a lovely argyle/brocade sort of texture. It’s amazing, reversible and super easy to knit! Winning!
I can’t possibly knit a plain symmetric triangle though. As a twist, I’m going to knit the first triangle, then pick up stitches along one edge for another triangle worked perpendicular. Because one twist is never enough, I’m going to offset my triangles.
Of course, I’m not actually working out from the corner of the second triangle, I’ll be working along the entire edge, doing decreases this time. At that point, I’ll switch from the green Malabrigo to the orange Malabrigo. How convenient that I just happened to have the exact right colors in my stash! More winning!
I haven’t decided on a sequence yet but I’d probably change my mind anyhow! I’m sure I’ll get there soon enough. This has been lots of fun so far!
I would be working on it right now, if it weren’t for work. C’est la vie! Fingers crossed for a speedy hump day at work so I can get back to this tonight!!