April 25, 2019

F.O. Lumpy Space by Stephen West

Pattern:  Lumpy Space

Designer:  Stephen West

YarnAnzula Sebastian (70% merino 30% Sea Cell)

Colourway:  Cantaloupe
Anzuala Sebastian

YarnFiber Optic Yarns Foot Notes Paintbox Gradient (80% merino 20% nylon)
Colourway:  Neon

Fiber Optic Yarns

YarnHedgehog Fibres Skinny Singles (100% Merino)
Colourway:  Poppy
Hedgehog Fibres

YarnTanis Fiber Arts Red Label Cash Silk Single (75% merino, 15% cashmere, 10% silk)
Colourway:  Papaya

Needles:  3.75mm

Ravelry:  my notes

Added Notes: 
1.  Okay I get it now.  After knitting several of Stephen West's patterns I can understand why he is such a popular designer.  The patterns are fun to knit and keep you motivated to knit quickly, as you want to sees what's happening next.  Stephen's patterns are easy to follow and always teach you a few new things.

2.  Over the last couple years I have tried to find a pattern to showcase the Fiber Optics vibrant gradient kit that I had bought at Rhinebeck several years ago.  I tried a few other patterns with this yarn but had no luck finding the right match.  However, once I decided on Lumpy Space for my Fiber Optic yarn everything seemed to work.  I used the reds and orange skeins from the gradient kit and made a fade in Section One and Two. I used a speckled Hedgehog Fibres yarn that worked will with the Anzula Sebastian yarn.

I found some leftover Tanis Fiber Arts Red label that I had used on this gorgeous hat by Joji Locatelli called Vitsippa.  It was the perfect combination of pink and orange for the picot edge.  I love it when everything comes together like that.  

Section 1:  Fiber Optics Yarn alternated with Hedgehog Fibres
Section 2:  Fiber Optics Yarn
Section 3:  Hedgehog Fibres alternated with Anzula Sebastian
Picot Edging:  Tanis Fiber Arts Red Label 
3.  This shawl is knitted in different sections as you can see above.  I completed Section One with no problems.  Section Two was challenging for me. I knit the first part of the diamond shape with no problem. Then I had to join the second part of Section One and that's where the trouble started. The sections kept getting twisted.  After a few failed attempts I decided to leave that second half of Section Two and complete Section Three and the picot edging.  Once that was done it was quite simple to complete the second half of Section Two.  The pattern is very well written with lots of photos to help knitters.

I am so pleased with how the shawl turned out and will be bringing it on my holiday to Amsterdam.  I will be there during the national holiday called King's Day where everyone wears orange so I think this shawl will be perfect to wear.  I am hoping to visit Stephen & Penelope on my visit and I will be sure to share my pictures here on my blog and over on my Instagram account.  So stay tuned! Don't forget to check out Stephen West's gorgeous collection of patterns and make sure to sign up for his newsletter so that you can get the latest news and special discounts.