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:
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!
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!