Yarning Along the Stephen West Way

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I have jumped on the Stephen West bandwagon, and I’m riding high on the #WestKnitsKal2015 knit-a-long, The Doodler!

As I mentioned, I watched Stephen’s class on Craftsy while doing the Craftsy binge, and while I’m still raising an eyebrow (or two) at some of his designs, I’m trying to embrace his wild and free aesthetic.  I knit Daybreak in a flurry to wear to the Chargers game last week in Baltimore:

The Chargers, of course, managed to lose in the last 18 seconds, as they did again on Monday night football, but at least I do really love my shawl/scarf.

Even though I had just finished a successful WestKnits project, I was on the fence about signing up for the KAL because the last time I was onboard for a WestKnits mystery, the mystery was a big bummer – intarsia!  Ick.  So, hesitantly, I hit the buy now button on Ravelry, but I didn’t cast on until I saw a few wedges popping up on Ravelry, and I thought, ok, I’m good with this, and here’s my Clue 1:

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As you can see, I tried my hand at a “flat lay.” Flat lay?  I’m so not hip – I had no idea that those highly stylized, collage photos you see on Instagram actually have a name, but then I stumbled onto Emily Quinton’s feed, and her video, Styling a Flatlay.  Even during the height of my photography frenzy, I never really styled a photograph – I was more into slice of life photography, and I still am, I guess, even though my Project Life is totally at a standstill.  I’m so far behind, I’m frozen.  But, I digress.  The flat lay.  When I posted my first snippet of my Doodler on Instagram, I went to sleep, and woke up with 60 likes!  For me, that’s like being picked not last for the kickball team!  I decided to step up my game a bit, and try the flat lay.

I have to admit, I had some troubles.  I just don’t see what flowers and leaves have to do with my knitting.  And, while so many of these photos use lovely wooden backgrounds, my wooden background just looks like my kitchen floor to me.  But, I embraced the concept – it’s all about pretty I guess, and I went to work.

Here’s Olive – of course, she has an opinion!

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In any event, my stylin’ needs some work.

But, back to knitting – My Doodler is part Cascade Heritage Sock, part ToshSock.  That unwound skein of orange is going to be my color 3 for that big wow color pop that is so characteristic of WestKnits.  So, I await Clue 2 on Friday, and I’m curious to see where it goes.

On the reading front, I’m reading the new Robert Galbraith Cormoran Strike novel:

According to the Kindle, I’m 25% in, and I’m enjoying it as much, if not more than the first two.  I love a consistently good detective series, and J.K., er I mean, Robert Galbraith, does not disappoint.

Knit on everyone!

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6 Comments

  • Jeanette

    November 11, 2015 at 5:16 pm

    I keep seeing the West knits pop up and man are they pretty! The current one everyone is doing is just gorgeous! I love the colors you chose for yours. I like the flat lay pic type thing. yours is so very pretty and nicely styled. I didnt see a kitchen floor at all! 🙂

  • Willow

    November 11, 2015 at 6:24 pm

    Wow, that’s a pretty shawl… I’ve held back for a long time on doing a Stephen West pattern, just because I consistently second guess my color choices in *everything* haha. But yours are both so lovely that I may have to change my mind!
    I didn’t see a kitchen floor, either, and thought your flat lay was very pretty. Flowers and leaves may not have anything to do with knitting, but they make a pretty, clickable picture. (I take terrible photos – it’s embarrassing, really.)
    I haven’t read any of Galbraith’s novels yet but I have The Cuckoo’s Calling sitting on my Kindle and it’s nice to hear that it’s consistently good. 🙂

  • Robin

    November 11, 2015 at 8:57 pm

    I’m doing the Westknits KAL also. I felt the same way at the beginning. I wasn’t sure if I should get the pattern or not, but decided to take the plunge. I’m really enjoying it and love the short rows. Can’t wait to see what the next clue brings!

  • Zena

    November 11, 2015 at 9:50 pm

    Both shawls look wonderful. The yellow shawl looks quite glorious. I love Craftsy. I’ll have to do Stephens West class on there otherwise I don’t think I could knit one of his.

  • emma

    November 12, 2015 at 7:26 pm

    Clue 1 is beautiful – love those colours.
    Your ‘flat-lay’ shot is very artistic! Olive has such dainty feet!

  • Ute

    December 14, 2015 at 8:02 am

    Unlike me, you made a better color choice fpr the Doodler right away. I got really desparate on finding a third color and I’m still not happy with the result.
    Also, I enjoyed your description of the flat lay. I’m sick and tired of all the ‘artsy’ stagings of knitwear on Instagram … a good shot of the WIP or finished piece is quite enough for me.

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