FO Friday: Exploration Station Shawl

FO Friday: Exploration Station Shawl

I can fly!
I can fly!

Pattern: Exploration Station aka Mystery Shawl 4 by Stephen West

It made a pretty decent-sized shawl!
It made a pretty decent-sized shawl!

Yarns and needles:

Four sock weight yarns (all from stash).

4.5 mm long interchangeable Knit Pro

I love the swooping of those short rows at the top.
I love the swooping of those short rows at the top.

Dates: 6th November 2014 – 17th February 2015

Size: 155 cm wingspan by 62 cm at deepest point.


  • I-cord (starting tab, edging, cast off)
  • Short rows
  • Double yarn overs
  • Slipped stitches
  • Simple lace
  • 2 colour brioche


  • Disappointingly the Mystery Shawl did not resemble any kind of body part this year. I was rather looking forward to that!
  • I learnt a couple of new techniques, most significant being brioche. I loved it!
  • I’m really pleased with my colour choices, especially the balance between the 3 tonal colours and the one contrast. I’m glad I waited until lots of other people had knit their first clues so I had a good idea of what would and wouldn’t work.
FO Friday: Scrap Yarn Sock Advent

FO Friday: Scrap Yarn Sock Advent

Surprisingly comfy!
Surprisingly comfy!


Pattern: Scrap Yarn Sock Advent 2014 aka Joulukalenteri 2014 by Where We Once Knitted (Neulisti and Vyyhti) [My Ravelry Project Page]


Various scraps of sock-weight yarn too numerous to mention!

The ends! The ends! So. many. ends.
The ends! The ends! So. many. ends.

Weight of finished socks is 88 g so I estimate an approximate total yardage of 350 – 370 m (based off an average of 400 – 420 m per 100 g of sock yarn)

2.25 mm needles for stocking stitch sections, 2.5 mm for stranded colourwork sections.

Strike a pose!
Strike a pose!

Dates: 1st Jan 2015 – 19th Feb 2015

Techniques (those new to me are marked with an *):

  • Knitting in the round
  • Bosnian Toe*
  • Crystal afterthought heel*
  • Stranded knitting in the round
  • Intarsia in the round
  • Mosaic knitting in the round
  • An (unsuccessful) attempt at jogless stripes
  • Twisted rib in the round
  • Duplicate stitch*
  • Russian cast off
Sock A (see list below for details of each section)
Sock A (see list below for details of each section)

Not all of these relate to me directly (some are inspired by family).

  1. Favourite album: Jagged Little Pill [Sock A]
  2. Yarn stash size: 20-50 kg (guess) [Sock B]
  3. Image search of your name: Pink [Sock B]
  4. Closest piece of art: Painting of two sheep in a field [Sock A]
  5. Colour from first letter of mother’s maiden name: B = brown [Sock A]
  6. Country of your birth: England [Sock B]
  7. Internet test thingy: Red [Sock B]
  8. Family: We are all family (and I’m a damn hippie!). My favourite colours of purple and orange [Sock A]
  9. Earliest memory: Lego box covered in black/white checked paper [Sock A]
  10. Favourite carol: “The Holly and The Ivy” [Sock B]
  11. Favourite tree: Silver birch – chart inspired by/adapted from Dogwood socks pattern [Sock A]
  12. Favourite walk: Farmer’s field [Sock A]
  13. Reverse acronym generator: Red [Sock A]
  14. Other hobby: Spinning wheel (chart adapted from Fileuse pattern) [Sock B]
  15. Favourite cartoon: X-Men colours (cartoon/comic version) [Sock B]
  16. RGB birth-date: Dark blue [Sock A]
  17. Chinese zodiac: monkey [Sock A]
  18. Wikipedia random article search: result was Hornick, Cornwall, so did Cornish flag [Sock B]
  19. Favourite flower: Red roses  – chart from Rose Mitts [Sock B]
  20. Favourite socks are purple, so yellow [Sock A]
  21. Favourite cartoon character: Leela from Futurama (purple for her hair) [Sock A]
  22. Sports team colours: Yellow and blue [Sock B]
  23. Favourite constellation: Orion [Sock B]
  24. Colour from comment section: Forest Green [Sock A]
Sock B (see list above for details of each section)
Sock B (see list above for details of each section)
Music Monday: Hot Chip

Music Monday: Hot Chip


The joy of repetition really is in you.

Like this i-cord cast off for the Exploration Station shawl.

Although it does make a lovely cast off edge.
Although it does make a lovely cast off edge.

“k2, k2tog tbl,  slip 3 sts back to LH needle” rep ad nauseum.

UFO Tuesday

UFO Tuesday

Well, here’s how I’ve done in my first week of “UFO into WIP” (I need a snappier title), with the Exploration Station Shawl:


Shawl at the start of last Tuesday
Shawl at the start of last Tuesday


Last section now under way.
Last section now under way.

Not bad, huh?

Because I’m perilously close to finishing this, I’m going to switch to another UFO1 and move the shawl into WIP2 status.

And this weeks “winning” project is…? :drumroll:

The next "victim" of my UFO-elimination plan
The next “victim” of my UFO-elimination plan

The Torirot Mystery Mittens  aka Secret Garden mittens, started in January of 2014. Wish me luck!

  1. UnFinished Object 
  2. Work In Progress 
UFO Tuesday?

UFO Tuesday?

I’ve come to the conclusion, after tripping over yet another half-finished project that should be in the WIP Ottaman, that I have too many UnFinished Objects.

The plan is to shame myself into working on them by picking one UFO per week and working on it for 7 days, then switching to another UFO. I’m hoping that this technique will stop me from getting bored (a perennial problem). We shall see…

This week’s project hasn’t been a UFO for very long, but it still counts! It’s the Stephen West 2014 mystery shawl, Exploration Station.

I worked on it a little last night, so here’s where it is as of 11 am-ish today.

stephen west mkal2014 WIP5

I’m going to alternate the UFO of the Week with any WIP (Works in Progress). Again, in theory!