Marled Mania Leggings in Blue

The idea of knit leggings appealed to me from the start, but marled striped leggings? That’s just genius. This pattern is the Marled Mania Leggings by Westknits, and boy did Stephen ace this one! Few things in life are more satisfying than knitting an entire project solely from stash. I don’t like keeping a large…

Sophie’s Handspun Windschief

When Tour de Fleece came around this year I wanted to spin in solidarity with other fiber enthusiasts around the world, though I was too late to sign up for a team. My hands were already full with knitting commitments, but I made time to spin one of the many rovings (and tops and rolags)…

Rad Batad

When my dear friend Corrie @corriekingsley asked if I’d like to join her in knitting a Batad, I was all in. I had seen many posts of flashy and spectacular Batads on Instagram, so I needed little convincing. The Batad is a unique, welt-filled cowl pattern by West Knits. Welts are tubal sections of stockinette that are…

The Eyeball Shawl

Is there anything better than a gigantic knit eyeball? I say no! With one quick glance we all know it’s a West Knits pattern. Like most all of Stephen’s patterns the Eyeball Shawl is bold, eccentric and brilliant–did I say eccentric? In fact many of his patterns are a bit too eccentric for me, simply…

Westknits 2016 MKAL: Building Blocks Shawl

For the second year in a row, I found myself leaping into the wildly popular Westknits MKAL (Mystery Knit Along). If you are as yet unfamiliar with Westknits, where have you been–locked up in a basement? The host of the MKAL and face behind Westknits is the sensational Stephen West, whose patterns are almost always…

Dotted Rays for Days

Typically I like to keep my knitting projects planned and orderly. This project, however, sprang from the sheer impulse to join the Dotted Rays KAL on Instagram. Not wise. But who wants to be wise ALL the time? I started the Dotted Rays shawl (pattern by West Knits) with the naivete that I would use only…

Sports Shorts

When I found these Sports shorts in a search on Ravelry, I knew I absolutely had to knit myself a pair. It’s a West Knits pattern, so of course they’re stylish and flattering, and let’s face it–shorts are fast. What other wearable, non-accessory type of garment can be knit so quickly? The pattern calls for Quince and…