Building Blocks

First of all, sorry for not posting anything the last weeks, I was really busy.

I have finished my Building Blocks! It took me about three hours to bind off, but it was worth all the effort. The result is rather a shlanket than a shawl, but it was perfect to wear it first on a trip to Leipzig where the temperature was about -2°C.

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I am super happy with my choice of colours, they blend really well together. My large (pretty huge) version is made of sock yarn only, 85g of colour A, 81g of colour B, 47g of colour C and 71g of colour D. It was fun to knit it and watch the colours play with each other up to the end of the brioche section. After that, I got bored. But hey, it is finished and, as mentioned above, the shlanket was completely worth the effort.

Have you finished your Building Blocks yet? And have you seen all those stunning pictures on Instagram?

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Building Blocks MKAL, Clue 1

Here it is, my building blocks shawl after clue 1 (and the first row of clue 2). I am pretty happy with it so far, although it is extremely colourful. I am knitting with 3.5 Addi lace needles, a goodie I received at Yarncamp. Apart from being too short for this project, they are okay, but I still prefer ChiaGoo Red Lace.

In contrast to the Taboo MKAL, I love knitting this one. It is not as spectacular as the Booknits pattern, but it does not need attention at each and every stitch. So it qualifies as a portable and quite mindless project which is perfect as I currently are quite busy and travelling a lot. I’ll keep you updated.

A Fall of Mysteries

Last Friday, the timing for this year’s Westknits Mystery Shawl, Building Blocks, was published. The first clue will be released October 7, which is only a week after the Boo Knits MKAL. I actually did not want to participate as I had bought the yarn for Taboo already and did not want to buy any more new yarn this month. Apart from that, both MKALs will run in parallel for two weeks at least.

But why knit a westknits pattern exactly as it is intended to? Stephen West is well known for playing with colour and very different yarn bases at once. Furthermore, a shawl pattern focusing on colour should be adaptable to a different yarn weight. Diving deep into my stash of colourful sock yarns, I have found four very colourful skeins that still might look good together. So I have a very good reason to participate: stashbusting!

I will use (from left to right) a nameless OOAK colourway of Drachenwolle sock yarn which is radiant pink in combination with a blueish purple, a OOAK “wild” colourway of Tausendschön sock yarn, a “dotty” colourway of Wolle Kunterbunt sock yarn as well as a ball of Strauss Innovation sock yarn in cream printed with different shades of grey.

Are you going to participate as well? What are your yarn choices?