You’ve seen lots of snippets of this one but here it is, finally, in all of it’s Marled Magic glory! It’s amazing! Several people have worn it and much to my surprise, they have all pulled the crazy marled mish mosh off. It’s not over-whelming or too busy to wear. It really is Marled MAGIC!
The yarn is totally chaos. It’s Unicorn Tails from MadTosh. It’s Hedgehog Sock and Hedeghog Skinny Singles. It’s MadTosh Twist. It’s Westernsky Knits MCN. It’s some crazy purple mohair. It’s yarn my Mom dyed. It’s Lana Grossa Lace Lux. It’s some Miss Babs scraps. It’s Superior Cashmere. It’s Anzula Haiku. It’s an amazing pool of color. I have no idea how it works but somehow, it does!
The braid took a bit of practice, but it was worth the effort! I love it!
The tassel is super fun and watching Stephen’s video on how to do to it was super easy (and helpful)!
I cord bind off. Even where 4 sections come together, this design was easy to execute neatly. I really appreciate Stephen’s eye for the details we don’t really see because he gets them right. The geometry of this thing is amazing and it all comes together easily.
I’m definitely knitting another one of these. Single stranded, all blues. I can’t wait! It’s super fun knitting. I highly recommend it!
It’s a new week and I am under my 10 project limit. I think I only have 8 right now. New week = new cast on?? We’ll see…maybe I’ll have a new WIP on Wednesday! :)
The tour is coming to San Francisco. I bought tickets. The Bill Murray Sweater officially has a deadline. December 8th. Time to get on it.
I think it’s really going to be more of a vest?!?
That said, instead of working on that particular project, I’m cast on with this:
I attempted to trade my Fade to Yellow skein for a Concrete & Tulips skein — aka the rainbow and grey colorway. It didn’t quite go down that way though. One enterprising Raveler talked me into trading her a skein of Miss Babs’ Yowza. It was a color I really wanted but…I wanted this more!
It’s can’t wait! It’s a self striping yarn but instead of consistent lengths of each color, the colors get progressively longer. Instead of a big fat stripe of red at the top and little tiny stripe of blue at the bottom, the stripes will all be the same height. It’s definitely a minor detail to the untrained eye but knitters have been geeking out over it for a while. This yarn was quite hard to get for a minute there.
I’m sure stripe magic will take over and it’ll be done in a jiffy!
Of course, the only reason I’m allowed to cast on anything at all, Marled Magic is almost completely finished. Just a bit of end weaving left. The braid & the tassel turned out just right. A bit fiddly at first but third time was the charm!
Marled Magic Clue 3 is done! I am still loving this so much. That big section of seed stitch made me happy. I think seed stitch is fun to do.
Now, I’m on to Clue 4. A 600+ stitch i-cord bind off. I also happen to think that is fun to do. Especially when it’s neon peach!
It’s not like I’m saving the neon peach for something special?!?! I think it’s just the thing to liven up some of the darker colors I used. I’m about halfway.
And then, finally, the whole reason I wanted to knit this pattern…braiding the ends into a design feature rather than weaving them in! Oh yeaaah!
And, I’ve already picked out yarn for the next one. This was too fun to only knit once.
I’ve got a lot of blue & blue adjacent fingering weight yarn.
Marled Magic #2 isn’t actually going to be marled though.
The marl is accomplished with two strands of yarn held together. The result is a very heavy shawl. I’ve only knit the medium size to keep the weight down. For #2, I’ll just use one strand of yarn and do stripes, maybe faded stripes. And definitely knit the large size!! It’s gonna so good! …eventually!
And I love it! I dunno if it’s the colors or the textures or the construction or the stash busting…
But I want to make about six more of these! I love everything about it! The construction is so unique. The marled effect from double stranding is so fun! Mixing colors and fading stripes are so satisfying! This is a lot of fun to knit!
Clue 3 picks up the free edge of the mesh section. Contrast is recommended. I think I’m going for purples.
It’s been a while, life happens. Last weekend in particular. After doing nothing but crafting in August. September has roared to life! There were many parties, all with libations but only one with YARN!
My knitting group had a big yarn swap! We’ve done small white elephant style yarn swaps in the past but frankly, I’ve got enough of my own white elephant yarn. I don’t need anyone else’s. And, I knit with a group that is very experienced. More importantly, they have VERY NICE STASHES! I wanted a piece of that action. On the day of our last white elephant swap, I casually suggested we do a bigger, more open swap.
Apparently, they wanted a piece of MY STASH too! In no time, we had organized ourselves a party.
This is just a sampling of what I took for swapping. There comes a time, if it’s been in the stash untouched for years, let someone else have a crack at it! And, if I’m being honest, I still kept the best stuff for myself. This was only the stuff I could bare to part with.
I’m pleased to say, I came home with a lot of great stuff! I’m impressed with what I managed to pry away from them. I can’t wait to use it all. So far though, I’m stuck in the chaos of it.
There’s a desk under there somewhere, I swear! So what’s in this pile? I have spent a fair amount of time putting in piles and then rearranging the piles. And, taking pictures of piles, of course.
I have put two of the new yarns into my Marled Magic shawl so far. I started with that skinny purple mohair. It was hard to ignore that ball in the swap pile, when I had crazy purple brioche on my needles, at that exact moment.
The second yarn is a skein of MadTosh Twist Light, which I’ve never actually used before. It’s grey and pastel variegated, so it’s perfect to tone down some of the neons I’ve got. Right now, a highlighter yellow color, up next will be some neon peach!
I walked away from the swap with not one but TWO skeins of Caterpillar Green striping shawl skeins. Not my favorite colors but this yarn is fun! I think the Fade to Black color is going to become a Dotted Rays. Not sure about the Fade to Yellow, suggestions anyone?
This beauty…a Koigu dye job on Buffalo Wool Co.’s bison and silk laceweight. It’s 400 yards, that is something amazing and lightweight. I almost think I should do lace?!?
And then, there’s this…
The Bill Murray Sweater really needs to happen. I’ll never match his original dye lot, so rather than try, I’m collecting a mish-mash of white and off white yarns. It’s going to be a simple vest I think. It’s very much a work in progress. Calling it a work is even a stretch. It’s still mostly an idea but now I’ve got 7 balls of Jojoland Baritone to add to the pile. It should be the perfect base. I’ll fill in with my other oddments as it progresses and it’s going to be charming and perfect…eventually. (which just got a little sooner!)
And now, let the weekend begin. First Stop: The Knitterly in Petaluma. It’s Friday, I’m driving by. I should probably just buy yarn!
My week started with days 5 & 6 of sitting for jury selection. If you’ve never had to sit through the process, let me tell you, it’s absolutely maddening. It’s slow, repetitive and inefficient. The pool stated with ~250 potential jurors. At the end of day 6 when the jury was finally selected, I was still sitting in the gallery with 7 other lucky SOBs. I’m happy it’s over. I’m happy to not be on the jury but I’m an idiot for showing up in the first place. And then to sit there for six days, only to realize they wouldn’t have known if I was missing. Aaarrrggghhh! It’s the cherry on the insult cake that was this week.
I got me a bit worked up. The Bite Me cross stitch helped with the relaxation process though. Something about the repetitive stabbing motions…
and I managed to get a bit of knitting done. I finished my long overdue Pussy Hat.
The yarn is White Birch Fiber Arts SW Merino, in a worsted weight. It’s a generous skein so I’ve got yarn left for a second hat. I think I made this one just a touch too long. I think square hats should be a bit shorter than a regular hat. It makes the ‘ears’ pop a bit more. I wanted to end with a black stripe though. I might walk on the wild side and end the second hat on a pink stripe?!?
Then again, I may never get to it because I’m loving the Marled Magic so much! I’ve finished the YO, K2tog mesh section and I’ve moved on to the seed stitch section.
I started off with a kitchen sink colorway. I just threw all my little scraps into section 1. Anything that was only going to last for a few rows.
For the seed stitch section, I’ve moved to a mostly green set of colors.
As usual, I’m not planning anything, just letting it happen. It’s happy place knitting and after all the jury duty rage knitting I’m ready for a little happy place action!
And just in time for Labor Day weekend! My favorite weekend in SF all year long…the place clears out! The kids all go to burning man! It’s awesome. The city is calm and quiet. And this year, even with temps predicted in the 80’s, it’ll be cool compared the 110’s predicted for the east bay. Yikes! That is warm!
I love the chevron border with it’s high contrast! The purple yarn is MadTosh EuroSock and it’s parter in striping was a skein of Magpie Fibers MCN. It’s super soft. I don’t mind having leftovers from that skein!
The body is four colors, starting over at the upper right corner, faded together. Hedgehog Fibers Skinny Single in Boombox! Western Sky Knits MCN!! and then two skeins of Hedgehog Sock. I was unimpressed with the Hedgehog Sock. It was very think and rather splitty. I can’t imagine knitting actual socks with it. I’d need quadruple zero needles for that. No, I think my money is on the Skinny Single in the future.
Like all good shawls though, it’s only exciting until the next one comes off the needles. With that in mind, I’ve started my next WestKnit.
I culled at the skinny little scraps and half balls from the stash. Sometimes I think the only reason I use fresh skeins is to turns them into leftovers. I really love scrap projects!
This one is Stephen West’s Spring 2017 MKAL. I didn’t have time to do it then and I was still bummed about not loving the Building Blocks MKAL in the fall. This one is called Marled Magic! Despite kicking off with my least favorite stitch — YO, K2tog mesh, I knew I wanted to knit this shawl when I saw what Stephen did with all those ends on the side.
The tails are all cut at deliberate lengths. Instead of weaving them all in at the end (nightmare!!) they’ll be braided together down the center of the shawl, into a big tassel off the point. It’s a clever little treatment. I can’t wait to try it out. I’m willing to deal with a tassel for it!
Tomorrow, it’s back to jury duty. UGH. At least I’ll have knitting time!