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: Neon Time Traveller Socks

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The yarn is all my dad’s fault. And the fault of some of my Facebook friends for posting about this fabulous NEON!!!! yarn from Regia. The pattern is very straightforward and wonderfully uncomplicated. The fit appears good (but no modelled shots, sorry) and the irregular rib pattern made for a semi-mindless project. All-in-all, I’m very pleased with the whole thing!

Pattern and project: Time Traveler Socks by Liz Sedmak. My Ravelry Project Link.

Yarn and needles:

  • Schachenmayr Regia Fluormania Color in 07189 (green/yellow/light blue/dark blue), purchased from Black Sheep Wools (no affiliation, just a satisfied customer)
  • Sock/fingering/4-ply
  • Approx 98 g used (420 m/460 yds per 100 g ball)
  • 75% new wool, 25% nylon
  • One 2.25 mm circular needle, 80 cm long, for magic loop technique
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Heel detail

Dates and dimensions:

  • Mar 10th – Apr 24th 2014
  • Made size Large; 9.5 – 10 inch foot/leg circumference
  • 26 cm/10 inch foot length
  • 16 cm/6 inch leg height

Notes and modifications:

  • Knit 1st sock until 53 g of yarn remained. Ended up with between 2 and 3 g remaining
  • Russian cast off at cuff
  • 11 rnds of 1/1 ribbing in cuff
  • No major modifications at all!
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Showing uneven rib on leg and Russian Cast Off/Bind Off

(c) 2014

At last

Ziggurat Cowl (sorry, this was the least blurry photo I took!)

I can finally show what I was working on in March! A cowl design for Knit Now magazine.

And I made the front cover!

Cover girl!

The sample for the magazine is made inĀ Debbie Bliss Rialto 4 ply yarn.

I knew I wouldn’t get it back for a while, but I really wanted my own version. I grabbed some sock yarn from my stash and cast on:

For this version I did a temporary crochet cast on and grafted the two ends together instead of the seam used in the version for the magazine.

I love how the multi-coloured yarn zig-zags across the cowl and almost (if you squint) makes it look like an argyle patterning.

I’ll be back soon with an update on more recent goings-on (both health and knitting). Thanks for having patience.