Twists and Turns Time!

It’s finally one of my favorite times of year – West Knits Mystery Knit Along time! The first clue came out this morning. This will be my third year in a row participating, and I’m really looking forward to it. My first two came out amazing, and I can’t wait to dive into whatever complex and crazy thing Stephen has planned for us. The first clue already has no chill, it’s such classic Stephen West.

I was hoping to pull yarn from stash (last year I bought), but the requirements didn’t really allow me too. I usually only buy one skein of fingering weight yarn at a time (unless I have a sweater planned), and so because this shawl required two skeins of two colors, it was basically impossible. I probably could have pulled the “pop” color from stash, but I actually didn’t have too much solid/tonal to work with, and if I’m buying four skeins I might as well buy 5…

I’ve made a few projects with yarn from Moondrake Co yarn, so I decided to see if there was anything that would work for this. I decided to go with Blue Sage, Spruce, and Mauve from her fall collection. Life has been a little hectic, so I don’t have a photo of the yarns together, but you can see them circled in the photo below.

Photo credit moomdrake co –

Spruce and Blue Sage (the dark and light blue respectively) will be MC and CC, and the Mauve will be the AC color pop. I love the slight teal tint to Spruce and and I think the pink is such a nice pop. I’m really looking forward to working with this yarn and having a nice cool graphic shawl. I wound the yarn this morning and started the endless cast on on the bus.

Are you making the shawl this year?


  1. These are great colors! I’ve never knit a Stephen West pattern of any kind—MKAL or not—because they’re usually just a bit *too* crazy and complex for me. I hope you have fun with it, though!

  2. Beautiful colors. I’ve been watching the first pictures as they appear on Facebook and I can’t wait to see how yours goes. Once again, I’m lagging behind because I’m adventurous enough to jump into the knitting water until I can see how the pattern evolves. I love SW, but he is so dang creative…

  3. Your colors are great! This is my first year participating. I have always been hesitant because what if I knit something and don’t use it. Then I remembered that I actually knit things I don’t use all of the time and I should get over that. I’m so glad I have because it is such a fun knit. There is no way I’m going to finish any of the clues on time.

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