My current work in progress:

1. pour moi, designed by Lori Versaci, knit from Wollmeise Merino DK in the "Stella Polaris" colorway on a 3.75 mm (U.S. size 5) needle.
2. Outlander MKAL Shawl, designed by Rachel Rodin, knit from Lornas Laces Shepherd Sport in the "Beauchamps" and "Fraser" colorways on a 3.75 mm (U.S. size 5) needle.
3. Myriad stealth projects.

Second Camp Loopy Project

If it’s July (and it is — how did it get to be July already?) it is time for the second Camp Loopy Project! Here’s mine!

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This is Martina Behm’s Endless Rainbow, a really fun two-color garter stitch wrap. I am knitting mine from Shalimar Breathless in the Concord Grape and Fairy Dust colorways, using a U.S. size 3 needle.

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Most of the Endless Rainbows shown on Ravelry are using two colors with a lot of contrast. I thought it would be fun to knit a more subtle version, and so far I am liking it very much. There is enough contrast between the semi-solid Concord Grape and the variegated Fairy Dust so that it shows up, but the overall effect is quite subtle.

This pattern is a lot of fun to knit! There are long slogs of garter stitch as the piece grows, but they are broken up by the bits of contrast you insert every few rows. The little triangles of the variegated color are created by knitting back and forth and increasing on one end of the knitting, and Martina has a neat little trick with a crochet hook to bring the solid yarn not in use back to the end of the row after the triangle is created. She has even created a little video to demonstrate the trick — it is linked to in the pattern.

So I needed a crochet hook. Since the yarn I’m using is fingering weight, I needed a pretty small one. I dug this out of my knitting accessories:

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Isn’t it cute? The hook is 2.75mm and it works perfectly. What is also nice is that I can clip it onto my yarn keeper so it is always with the project!

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You can purchase this hook from The Loopy Ewe. And if you search for “mini crochet hook” on etsy, you’ll find ones for sale that are similar. I actually have several — they were sent to me as part of yarn club packages, and I’m sure I bought one or two myself. I keep one on my keyring because you never know when you’ll need a wee crochet hook!

WendyKnits Summer Mystery Shawl 2014

In case you missed the announcement, there is plenty of time to get your pattern and get ready for my summer KAL. The KAL starts July 12, and if you buy the pattern before the 12th, it is $3.00, going up to regular price of $5.00 on the 12th, the start date. You can purchase the pattern here. And there is already a lot of fun and conversation about the project going on in my Ravelry group here!

Loki is resting up for the holiday weekend.

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Comments

  1. catspaw says:

    I just love it when kitties sleep that way!

  2. I love your Camp Loopy Project; especially like the colors too! Very pretty Wendy! Loki is adorable as always!

  3. I just finished Martina’s version with leaves at the ends of the rows instead of triangles and “perfected” it just a bit as it grew in length – I started adding more plain ridges between stripes instead of keeping it in even segments. Looks really nice. Your more subtle colors are very pretty.

  4. Chez Plaid is on a yarn diet, with yarns in the stash being allocated to specific projects. Otherwise I might have to try out this wrap. Loki must have fought that mousie very hard, he’s all tuckered out.
    CeltChick´s last blog post ..Twice in one week

  5. Melanie says:

    Finally signed up for the Summer 2014 KAL. Scoped out my stash and decided nothing “spoke” to me (much less “sang” or “shouted”.) So I had to buy some new yarn. OH DARN!
    Tosh Sock Robin’s Egg. YUM!

  6. I love your second Camp Loopy project, and somehow Martina’s pattern found its way into my Ravelry shopping cart. You are such an enabler!

    I am currently stash diving to decide which yarn to use for your MKAL.
    Jamie´s last blog post ..I’ve Been Pinned!

  7. Love any project…if it’s purple. I have a mini crochet hook on my key chain–lost my keys–they were found by a couple of lovely women who immediately recognized a fellow knitter. We had a fun conversation!

  8. Leslie F says:

    Love your choices on Endless Rainbow. May have to keep this in mind…

  9. Rae Gommel says:

    Huh hmmm… I’m on a yarn diet until Rhinebeck …. I may have to go stash diving to find something to work on this.
    Is this mystery shawl different than the craftsy class shawls?