It’s Westknits MKAL time!! This year’s mystery knit-a-long from Stephen West, Slipstravaganza, is well underway so I thought I’d give you all an update. If you don’t want spoilers, don’t read this post!! That being said, I’m already behind and haven’t started Clue 2 yet.
Last week, we took a last minute trip to Colorado to celebrate the anniversary of our engagement there, in Rocky Mountain National Park. I got a surprising amount of knitting done on the trip, but still not as much as I would at home. So, I’m behind. And that’s fine!
Stephen West’s annual mystery shawl knit-a-long is always a surprise. I have no idea what I was thinking going into my first Westknits MKAL, but this wasn’t it…
Honeycombs! And striped honeycombs at that!
Since I’m using variegated yarn for my contrast colors 1 and 2, the stripes aren’t crazy apparent. But they’re there. I actually really like how well they blend together.
This entire shawl started with one long i-Cord and you then had to pick up all those stitches. I won’t lie: I hate picking up stitches. And I’ve learned that Hedgehog Fibres yarn splits so easily….. Picking up stitches can often lead to split yarn. But I managed and moved along.
Stephen surprised us all early last week by releasing a bonus clue. I’m only a little over halfway done with it but I love it so far.
And again – this clue required picking up stitches. Really, I wish we would not have to do that! But I survived. At least I’m getting more comfortable with it.
So the bonus clue gave us holes and a new texture that introduced contrast color 2, my lovely coral/pink from Emma’s Yarn. So pretty! And the name of the pattern is no lie – there are a ton of slipped stitches!!
I have not started Clue 2 yet, but I know there are more honeycombs. In general, I don’t think I would choose to knit this pattern but I’m learning a lot of new techniques from which I’d usually shy away. And that’s the point!
Hopefully, I can get to Clue 2 in the next few days. So I’ll probably stay a week behind for the entirety of this MKAL. I did not need an extra week of work thrown in there with the bonus clue! Ack!
If you’re participating in the MKAL, I hope you’re enjoying the pattern and your yarn choices!!