I’ve got a fever …

but no, the only prescription is NOT more cowbell.*

I’ve caught the Color Infection/Affliction, this nasty disease traveled around the knitting community this past spring, being caught by notable names like the Yarn Harlot and then spread rapidly due to her blog and other internet means.  Initially I was unsure about making one, however after Carla finished hers (sorry Rav member only link), I started thinking about making one myself.

This, mixed with launch of this year’s indigodragonfly Giftapalooza, was a perfect storm in creating the picture I showed you yesterday.

In last year’s Giftapalooza (which was lots of fun and you should sign up, I have seen the bases and some of this year’s one of a kind colors and they are pretty awesome) I received my first skein of indigodragonfly yarn (MCS Sock no less!), the yellow one in the middle, and while I liked it, it wasn’t my usual color and so I let it marinate in my stash.  The pattern that came as part of the Giftapalooza parcel was nice enough, but never seemed to make it to the top of my queue.

Why yes the color is named “Failed Holiday Marketing Campaign 5A: Frozen Butterball Canary”

So yesterday when I was at the studio working with Kim and Ron, all the talk of Giftapalooza made me realize that the yellow skein in my stash would be perfect in a color affection shawl, and I was in the perfect spot to get two more colors to go with it.  With Kim’s help, I snagged two skeins of Ultra MCN (a 70/20/10 MCN, moar cashmere) in “Have Fun Storming the Castle” and “Bunnies, Bunnies, it must be Bunnies”.  We played around with a few other colors, and I left knowing I need to find a pattern that pairs Don’t Blink (a new color) with My Name is Indigo Montoya (possibly with Tweety of Versailles in there, it was used as a stand in as my skein was in Bracebridge).

According to Kim, the MCS and Ultra MCN play really nicely together so the shawl will have the same texture.  Although for my next shawl, I might have to try the new sock base, Rock, Paper, Scissors, Lizard, Sock (known as Lizard Sock or RPSLS) which is a soft, fuzzy, woolen spun MCN that made me want to hug it, and kiss it and call it George and is only available right now through Giftapalooza.

So now to wind and cast on, hopefully this is the cure to my fever, because I don’t own a cowbell.

*If you don’t know what I’m talking about, the full video is here.

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Knitter’s intuition

You know that feeling you get in the pit of your stomach, that warp looks funny, or that stitch pattern looks off, and you know you should probably stop and frog but instead you forge on and end up with a FO that you never want.

Sometimes its a matter of the pattern style not matching your personal style (of knitting or for wearing) or maybe you have paired the wrong yarn with the pattern (for more extensive musings on this topic, I covered it for Knit and Crochet Blog week last year).

I cast on all my KAL Chaos projects last night, and within a row I knew that I had picked the wrong yarn for the Cabernet Sauvignon pattern.  The Homage was just too fuzzy and the nature of the color didn’t compliment the pattern (it was too high-contrast tonal to show off the cables).  I have another pattern picked out for the yarn, and I have an idea of a yarn for the pattern, although both plans may have to wait a while.

However, more excitingly, I have a project to replace it in KAL Chaos (although there is no KAL for it). I will fill you in more in a bit, but here is a little hint … (Ultra MCN, MCS, Ultra MCN) …

FO: Bird’s Mill Shawl

On very rare occasions, I find a pattern, I buy the yarn called for in the pattern and I actually knit the yarn into the pattern. This is one of those occasions, although it took more than a year to get it done, and I’m so glad it came together.

In the few weeks it has been done and I wear this shawl all the time, and have had so many compliments on it.

I named the project Bird’s Mill for the really neat old woolen mill that is in downtown Bracebridge.  It has been closed for many years but the structure is really neat and a great spot to have lunch if you work downtown in the summer. I didn’t get the pictures there, but at the waterfall upstream of the mill Wilson’s Falls, which was a really beautiful spot over the Thanksgiving weekend when I had a mini-photo shoot.

– Details –

Project Name: Bird’s Mill Shawl

Pattern: Tower Mill Shawl by Laura Chau, of Cosmicpluto Knits!

Recipient: Me!

Yarn: madelinetosh tosh DK in Byzantine

Modifications:

  • None

New Skills:

  • Awesome crazy cast-on

Feedback:

  • Good pattern and great yarn and a fantastic finished object, thumbs up on all counts

Re-Knit?: Nope, but I would recommend it making to anyone!