Warning: spoiler image for the Stephen West MKAL ahead.
On Monday Morning I was notified that a parcel had arrived in my parcel locker in the city. I excitedly trotted across the city during my lunch break, grabbed my parcel and returned to work. When I opened the package I was aghast. The Hedgehog Handfibers yarn i had ordered (Genie) was not at all what I had envisioned – there was too much peachy pink in my skein. I don’t hate pink – I love fuchsia pink but this pink just isn’t my favourite – I’m not peachy keen 😉
As I had ordered it for the Stephen West Mystery KAL starting on Friday, I just had to make it work (In hindsight, I should have ordered a few skeins at the same time so I had a choice of main skein). I pulled some solid Plucky colours from my stash to go with it. Here’s my potential choices below…
When the first clue was released on Friday morning, I started knitting with the Genie and the light blue on the left above. But this had to be unraveled, the blue was just overwhelmed by the Genie – it’s a powerful, colourful yarn.
Saturday, I got up and used the darkest blue as the second colour and have had more success. When I finished up Saturday night, I had 9 “wedges” completed and I was (honestly) still not in love. I started my project page on Ravelry, naming the project: “Put the Genie back in the bottle and throw it in the deep blue sea” (might give you some idea of my lack of enthusiasm for the piece).
This morning, I got up and picked it up again. I now have 5 wedges left to go before I complete the clue. The Genie is starting to charm me at last. It’s not love yet, but I don’t hate it anymore.
The pattern is fun to knit. It’s simple and interesting. I like that at the moment it looks a bit like a butterfly wing. Not knowing where the pattern will go, right now I think it could be fun in some orange and yellow to look like a sunrise or sunset.
In other knitting, I have cast on my Candy Dish. The provisional cast on took me an hour to get done — I don’t get along with my crochet hook. I’m currently 3 lace pattern repeats away from finishing section one. Progress photos will come soon.