It’s been a busy week!  Without my cell phone camera roll, I’d never be able to remember it all!

Partially because I’ve imposed a ‘no knitting at home’ rule for myself as I prepare for the upcoming Etsy Holiday Emporium.  I’ve got lots of cross stitching to do and that doesn’t travel well.  It made the divide seem easy…cross stitch at home and then get my knitting fix with a travel project whenever I’m out and about.

Turns out, I really still want to knit and I’ve been able to come up with lots of excuses to leave the house!  LOL!


When I left you last, I was contemplating this swatch.  It’s not bad but I wanted something better than ‘not bad’.  In a rush out the door, I grabbed a few half balls that were calling to me and this swatch was born.

It’s perfect – irresistible fall colors!  I could not wait to get my needles clicking on this one!  It’s a Stephen West shawl (of course!), Striped Esjan.  It’s been in my queue for a long time.  I’ve emulated it’s loopy edge is several of my own shawl explorations.  I’ve certainly thought about it enough.  It’s about time I actually knit one!

It’s been a great carry along project.  Once I got started, I couldn’t put it down.  I’ve taken it to the movies, to the beach, to the park, several bars.  Yes, I’m finding plenty of excuses to take it out of the house.  So much for rules, eh?




  1. Pamela Boxall

    I think I am the only human in the knitterverse who can’t bring themselves to enjoy Stephen West’s design aesthetic. Mind you, I have always been the same about Kaffe Fassett. I can see they are both clever, but I can’t understand why they are so popular. Luckily, there are many designers who do appeal to me hugely – Norah Gaughan, Martin Storey, Kim Hargreaves to name just a few. When all is said and done, my attitude to the inexplicable nature of popularity is a hearty “Vive la difference!”

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    1. FogKnits

      No you aren’t alone, I know plenty of people who don’t care for his designs. I think color is a big influence. His neon pops aren’t for everyone. I know for me, I like his knitting but not his colors. Thank goodness we’re allowed to chose our own colors!


  2. gladeridercrafts

    I also dislike Stephen West, but I can kinda see why others do! And I saw the knitting at the top and wondered whether it was another Dotted Rays, but I guess I was half right if it is a different Stephen West design!


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