Kaffe Fassett and Rowan Yarns Mystery Afghan KAL – Clue 9 Pattern Chart

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It’s here! WE MADE IT! The last installment of the Rowan Yarns Kaffe Fassett Mystery  Afghan has been revealed. No more mystery.. and it has a garter stitch trim knitted in short rows too! How cool is that. You can find instructions for the last square, trim and making up info on the Rowan website as usual. Square 9, Garter Stitch Border and Making up info are all just one click away.

If you are just getting started with the KAL, you can get charts for all previous squares here:
Clue 1, Clue 2Clue 3Clue 4, Clue 5, Clue 6, Clue 7 and Clue 8.

In case you need help or advice when knitting the border, why not check the official thread on Rowan’s Ravelry group. Shortrows may be new to some, but fear not, they sound more complicated than they really are. I find the tutorial by Purl Bee easy to follow and understand, once you’ve got the hang of it you’ll be zooming along in no time.

I am, for the first time during this KAL, behind on my squares. In fact, I still need to do 6 more of square 8, but I did knit a quick square 9 for my mystery grid, so I now have a total of 12 squares left. Realistically, I won’t finish before Christmas as I’ve still got so much gift knitting to do, but here’s my last square in comparison to Kaffe’s anyways :)

And here are the last ever charts for this knit along, I won’t be making any notes on the trim for now as I haven’t decided whether I’m making one or not.
As usual, the brown chart is courtesy of Nottingham Knitter. Her post on square 9 will be up a little later today.

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Turquoise

Pastel

Pastel

Red

Red

Nottingham Knitter's Brown chart

Nottingham Knitter’s Brown chart

Are you keeping up? Or are you panicking over gift knitting? Who’s making the Kaffghan as a Christmas present? There’s no way I’m giving mine away.. haha! I may even make another one in different colours, that’s how much I loved making this one.
In any case, I hope everyone has been enjoying this KAL as much as I have, I am looking forward to seeing all the finished Afghans on Ravelry. Make sure to take a picture and participate in the competition (more info on Ravelry in January).

Happy Knitting and Merry Christmas everyone!

Kaffe Fassett and Rowan Yarns Mystery Afghan KAL – Clue 8 Pattern Chart

Kaffe_Fassett_Clue_8It’s week 8! Man, the suspension is killing me! Just one more square left to mystery now! By now I’m sure most of us are feeling the pre-Christmas oh-my-god-its-crazy-busy stress, so I won’t keep you from getting things done any longer. Not sure if anyone reads my blurbs about this KAL anyways, or if ya’ll just scroll down to the good stuff (the charts, that is).

For the full instructions, head to the Rowan Yarns KAL website.
If this is your first time visiting, you may want to be interested in the charts for the previews squares: Clue 1, Clue 2, Clue 3, Clue 4, Clue 5, Clue 6, Clue 7.

I’m loving this week’s turquoise colourway, and I really hope I’ll manage to get all squares done before the holidays. So far I’ve kept up every week. As usual, the brown colourway is courtesy of Nottingham Knitter Sarah!

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Turquoise

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Nottingham Knitter’s Brown

Come on knitters! Just 7 more squares to go after this colourway! WE CAN DO IT!

Kaffe Fassett and Rowan Yarns Mystery Afghan KAL – Clue 7 Pattern Chart

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December has arrived and with it the 7th clue of the Rowan Yarns & Kaffe Fassett Mystery Afghan KAL. We’re almost there now, only 2 more empty fields on the mystery grid. It makes me visualize how far we’ve come and how little there is left to reveal. If, like me, you’re making the full sized Afghan, you will have knitted 49 squares. That’s 21 more to go.
I’m suffering from real square overload now. They’re everywhere. I even dreamed about knitting squares the other day. It’s time this KAL is finished I think, I for my part will not knit anything square or stripey for a while.

As usual, you can download the full instructions for this week’s clue from the Rowan website.
If you’re new to this KAL you may find the charts for the previous clues helpful:
Clue 1, Clue 2, Clue 3, Clue 4, Clue 5 and Clue 6.

I’m feeling a bit slow at the moment, but hopefully I’ll be able to keep up with the schedule for the last few weeks. So here’s my square version vs. Kaffe’s original:

Nottingham Knitter Sarah is of course ahead of me as usual, she’s super fast with her brown chart, so why not visit her blog post and check out her progress?
You probably know the spiel by now – in order to get the charts, click on the images which will open the full sized .pdf instructions. Simply click print or save to your computer or mobile device.

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Nottingham Knitter’s Brown chart

Keep your motivation up guys, we’re nearly there! Until the next clue – Happy Knitting!

Kaffe Fassett and Rowan Yarns Mystery Afghan KAL – Clue 6 Pattern Chart

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It’s official, we are way past the halfway mark. In fact, once you’ve knit up Clue 6, you’re 2/3 of the way! Three more squares to fill on my Mystery Grid above.
As usual, you can download the instructions from the Rowan Yarns website. If you’re new to the KAL, you may be interested in the charts for Clue 1, Clue 2, Clue 3, Clue 4, and Clue 5

I’m not a huge fan of this clue’s colourway (I’m making the Turquoise version), and I’ll tell you why. It’s down to childhood trauma. Yes, really.
When I was in primary school, my mum used to pack my school lunch (sandwiches) into these little square Tupperware® boxes. The lids were purple, magenta and a turquoise-ish colour. And the boxes made my sandwich taste like plastic. I’m serious. I hated it. I didn’t want to eat my sandwich. I told my parents, but they didn’t believe me and said I was imagining things, Tupperware® did not taste of anything and to be a good girl and eat my lunch. I have learned to loathe their boxes for that reason, and to this day, when I visit my mum and she serves food that has been kept in a Tupperware® box, I can taste it without knowing it was stored in one. Anyways. On to more pleasant things!

I wonder how my stripey version will work out in the final layout now that I’ve seen the spoiler video. It does look cool with the regular stripes. I really hope mine will be as cool. The image on the right is Kaffe’s version from the Rowan instructions, believe me, they are the same colourway, but Peacock is impossible to photograph well.

 

You can download the charts for this week’s clue by clicking on the thumbnail, which will open the .pdf with the full instructions in a new window. Simply click save or print to store it on your computer or mobile device.
I’ve heard they can be viewed in Knit Companion too, so if you use this app, you may wanna give it a try. I haven’t tested it myself, so I’ll be happy about any feedback.
Sarah from Nottingham Knitter has provided the chart for the brown colourway, and she always has some great tips on her blog.

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Turquoise

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Nottingham Knitter’s Brown

As always, I hope you find the charts helpful and am looking forward to any feedback. Happy Knitting!

 

Kaffe Fassett and Rowan Yarns Mystery Afghan KAL – Clue 5 Pattern Chart

Kaffe_Fassett_Clue_5Welcome to Clue 5 of the Kaffe Fassett Mystery KAL! In case you’re suffering from a little stripey squares fatigue, repeat after me: We’re halfway there! Hooray! As usual you can download the instructions from the Rowan website. If you are just getting started, you can get my charts for the first few Clues here:
Clue 1, Clue 2, Clue 3 and Clue 4

This week however, there is a nice little surprise – Rowan have released a video of Kaffe assembling the different colourways. Of course I have no self restraint whatsoever, I had to see it immediately and now I’m looking even more forward to the next weeks! It’s going to be a gorgeous blanket and I can’t wait to snuggle up under it.

****SPOILER ALERT****
If you want your colourway to remain a mystery until the end, do NOT watch the video as the final layout is revealed.

Screen Shot 2014-11-12 at 15.21.22My squares are coming along nicely and I’m still liking my little modification.

You can download the cheat charts for each colourway by simply clicking on the image. The .pdf with the full instructions will open in a new window, simply click print or save to your computer or mobile device. As every week, the brown colourway is courtesy of Nottingham Knitter. Sarah has some wonderful tips on her blog, go check out her post here.

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Turquoise

Pastel

Pastel

Red

Red

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Nottingham Knitters’s Brown colourway

Are you as excited as me about finishing up and assembling? Have you maybe started sewing up your squares after watching the video? I’m tempted to get going but I think maybe I should wait until all 9 colourways are out and I can decide whether I want to stick to the brief or do my own thing. Either way, I can’t wait for the next clue. See you then!

WIN Tickets to the Knitting and Stitching Show Harrogate 2014

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I have 2 tickets for the K&S show, but unfortunately I won’t be able to make it. So YOU can win the tickets! Click here to find out more!

Kaffe Fassett and Rowan Yarns Mystery Afghan KAL – Clue 4 Pattern Chart

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Clue 4 is out! You can download the original instructions from the Rowan Yarns website as usual. This week’s square is my favourite so far, mainly because I absolutely adore Peacock, I think it’s my favourite colour of the whole set. If you’ve finished all your week 3 squares, just think about how we’re already 30% finished! I’ve so far had no problem keeping the pace, and if I can keep it up there is a good chance I’ll actually finish before Christmas. Sounds pretty exciting, don’t you think?
If you’re new to my blog or just getting started with the Mystery KAL, you may want to check out Clue 1, Clue 2 and Clue 3.

As you probably know by now, I have slightly gone off the original design brief by changing the thickness of the stripes in my version. I still like it and can’t wait to see how it’ll look sewn up.

And now the bit you’re really here for.. this week’s charts! Simply click on the images to open the .pdf with the full instructions, then click save or print. Sarah has made the chart for the brown colourway again, check out her post on Nottingham Knitter for some great tips!

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Turquoise

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Pastel

Red

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Brown

Nottingham Knitter’s Brown Colourway

Have you memorised the pattern yet? I’ve knit a few squares without instructions now, and it’s making this KAL even more fun! If you have stripey squares coming out of your ears already, just remember we’re almost half way! Hooray!

Chunky Hat and Cowl in Rowan Big Wool Colour – WIN a BWC pattern

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Chunky knits are my very, very favourite thing to knit. Not only do they look great, they’re super cozy and you can whip up a hat in little over one hour. What’s not to love? This season Rowan have added a Big Wool variation to their range of yarns – Big Wool Colour. It definitely falls into the category of art yarns, with its different strands of fibres intertwining and lovely slubs (bits of unspun/less tightly spun yarn) died in beautiful speckled colours. And the best thing about it is: BWC can be used in any pattern designed for the good old Big Wool too.

Here’s hat Salsa from the Big Wool Colour collection.
Salsa_Hat_BWC_3It’s chunky, it’s slouchy, I love it.

Salsa_Hat_BWC_1Knit in 1×1 rib.

Salsa_Hat_BWC_2For the cowl I used 4 balls of Big Wool colour in shade Jamboree and Rowan’s free cabled Wool Week Cowl pattern, a quick and easy knit suitable for a beginner knitter. I used up nearly all of 4 balls. The cowl is long enough to wrap 3 times around your neck, but you could easily use only 3 balls and make it a bit shorter.

Wool_Week_Cowl_BWC_2Or wear it loose when it’s not as cold.

Wool_Week_Cowl_BWC_1The cable detail disappears a bit with all the variations of the yarn, so if I make this again with BWC I think  I will go for either the stockinette or garter stitch version of the cowl.

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To WIN the pattern for Fandango, head over to the IamSnowfox facebook page.

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Kaffe Fassett and Rowan Yarns Mystery Afghan KAL – Clue 3 Pattern Chart

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Welcome back to clue 3 of the Rowan Yarns & Kaffe Fassett Mystery Afghan KAL! How is everyone keeping up? I’m finding the pace manageable and have so far finished all my squares for the clues before the release of the new ones. Week 3 is by far my favourite colour sequence so far (I’m doing the turquoise colourway), you can download the pattern from the Rowan Yarns website as always.
If you’re a new reader you might want to check out the posts for Clue 1 and Clue 2.

My own squares are slightly different from the Kaffe Fassett version as I misread the pattern for my very first square, but I quite like my little modification and can’t wait to see how it turns out. Did you stray from the original design brief?

Please note that the charts are for the original version. If you’d like to make the IamSnowfox version, rows 29-30 need to be knitted with colour C.
Simply click on the images to open the .pdf files with the full instructions, then click save or print.

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Red

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Nottingham Knitter’s Brown Chart

For the brown colourway, head over to Nottingham Knitter, Sarah has some wonderful tips and tricks on the blog.
If the charts have helped you knit the squares, I would love it if you shared some pictures on the IamSnowfox Facebook page!
There’s also an official KAL thread on Ravelry in the Rowan group, it’s a great place to show off your finished items, ask for advice and general chatter.

Knitting and Stitching Show 2014 – Alexandra Palace

knitting_and_stitching_show_bannerWelcome back to the highlight of this years’s Wool Week! The Knitting and Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace took place during Wool Week this year, and was my personal finale of the week.  My friend Sarah from Nottingham Knitter came to visit so we could spend the day at Ally Pally together, and boy did we have fun!

Our first stop was the LoveKnitting/Rowan Yarns stall. We said Hi to designers Sarah Hatton and Jem Weston before heading off into the depths of the exhibition. Rowan has designed a variety of beautiful ponchos just for Wool Week – I’ve wanted a Poncho for a while now. Just which colourway to choose.. help?

Off we were to  the famous Black Sheep Wools‘ Yarn Dive (which shall not be pictured here – things do get a bit… passionate there sometimes). I managed to pull away from the pile without buying anything for the first year ever, but I was on a budget and there was so much more to see. After all, our biggest interest was yarn, Yarn and more YARN. I was searching for Fyberspates Sparkle Sock Yarn, only to find out it had been discontinued (sad).

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Fyberspates

I had seen Millamia Yarns at the show before and was seriously tempted to buy their new book Winter Knits, but sadly my budget didn’t stretch far enough. It’s on top of my Christmas wishlist though. *hint hint*

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Millamia

Eden Cottage Yarns had some of the softest, fluffiest Baby Alpaca Yarn I’ve ever felt. And such delicious colours too!

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Eden Cottage Yarns

But there were of course also lots of finished projects and patterns to be admired. Purl Alpaca Designs are one of my favourite stalls every year, their designs are just so incredibly flattering and I can’t stress enough how much I love their Alpaca Yarns in natural shades.

Purl Alpaca Designs

Purl Alpaca Designs

Mrs Moon‘s stunning Super Giant Granny Square blanket first caught my eye at the Handmade Fair a few weeks ago, I was delighted to see it again at Ally Pally. Another future project for sure, and their pastel colours are just so pretty!

Mrs Moon Crochet Blanket

Mrs Moon

The crochet work on display at Jane Crowfoot‘s stall was just breathtaking, I need to join one of her CAL’s one of these days.

Jane Crowfoot Stall

Jane Crowfoot

And while we’re talking KAL’s – don’t you just love Debbie Abrahams Beneath The Sea blanket? I mean come on, it has mermaids and seahorses and glitzy things, how much better does it get? I was gutted when I found out that the patterns are only available for one year for members of her Mystery Blanket Club.

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Debbie Abrahams – Beneath the Sea

Sue Stratford had some pretty cool Knitting Kits. I loved the chickens, Sarah really liked the Monster Cat.

Sue Straford Kits

Sue Stratford Kits

These Hedgehog Hats win my personal ‘Wacky Knit of the Day’ award.

Hedgehog Hats

Gillian Gladrag had the cutest peacock bag felting kit, sadly I missed out on this one.

Gillian Gladrag Felting Kits

Gillian Gladrag Felting Kits

And then there was this incredible exhibition called ‘Black Sheep – The Darker Side of Felt’. Mind. Blown. Check out the amazing dresses, and the felted skulls! And those alien guys – they are the 7 Deadly Sins.

 

But in my last post I promised you the story of how I lost my heart at Ally Pally, so here it goes.
Sarah and I were on our way home, and just wanted to stop quickly at the Toft Alpaca Shop before leaving. Everybody loves the cute crochet animals from Edward’s Menagerie and we are no exception. But when we arrived at the stall, there was THIS guy.

Teddy.

Teddy.

Isn’t he just the cutest, fluffiest, best Teddy you’ve ever seen? And once I had given him a good hug there was no way I could leave him behind. NO WAY. The Toft guys probably thought I was a bit weird. But I don’t care. All I know is that Mr Fox said Teddy could come home with us. And that made me one happy Snowfox.
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