Stitching Status: Slipstitchalong

After finishing my Fantastitch Shawl and seeing the preview for the Painting Bricks shawl, I knew I would cast on as soon as the pattern dropped. Stephen West is doing a Slipstitchalong, since so many of his shawl designs have slipped stitch patterns. It’s simple and mindless, the kind of thing I need right now. Today is my 25th day of sheltering at home. I only leave my house to walk Jellybean and I go to the grocery store once a week. My husband has gone out to pick up the occasional food order and that’s about it, but I also don’t see this ending anytime soon. Plus they’re forecasting that the Washington, DC area I live in is the next potential hotspot, so to say I’m a bit anxious is an understatement. My brain can only handle mindless knitting. So here’s what my Painting Bricks Shawl looked like as of Sunday morning…

Painting Bricks

In the pattern there are 25 different stripes of color. I decided to dig through my extensive stash of dk weight yarn and leftover balls to see if I could come up with 25 colors to make up a rainbow. I did. You can go to the Raverly project page for a full list.

My rainbow

I’m already on color number 15, the teal section before I hit the greens. The pattern actually doesn’t take up a lot of yardage when you do the stripes this way, I could probably make multiple of these – LOL. And for my main color I’m using a variegated rainbow color, Burst, by Onyx Fiber Arts.

It’s a more blue based rainbow so it definitely works like a neutral for the main color. I’m also loving how each color I add is picked up in little flecks in the main color. It’s going to be an epic rainbow that will hopefully keep my mind busy during such a crazy time.

23 Replies to “Stitching Status: Slipstitchalong”

  1. Beautiful shawl!!! Knitting is helping me get through all of this confinement. I have even finished some UFO’s. Keep up your posts.

  2. Its a BEAUTIFUL project. You will all be OK πŸ™πŸ½πŸ™πŸ½πŸ™πŸ½πŸ™πŸ½β€πŸ’™πŸ’šπŸ’›πŸ’œπŸ–€β˜”β˜‚οΈπŸŒ‚πŸŒˆβ˜€οΈ

  3. Thank you so much for these post. I’m especially grateful to you during this stressful period of waiting and hoping. What a great idea for a project and it is so beautiful! Exactly the kind of knitting that lifts the spirits! Please stay safe and healthy!

  4. Onyx Fiber Arts dyes beautiful colors. I found her from your blog, Dana. Your shawl is gorgeous.

  5. I wasn’t sure this pattern was for me. Seeing yours, I’be added it to my list of future projects. Outs beautiful.

  6. I look forward to your post. It is a bright spot in my day as I also am trying to self isolate. I love the colors in this shawl.

  7. It’s looking great – can’t wait to see it finished!

  8. That is ALREADY making ME happy! I can only imagine the joy that will follow once it is completely finished! πŸ˜‰

  9. Looked at the original pattern and thought: nice but not for me. After seeing your version I might have to revise my thinking. Yours is simply gorgeous. Love how the multi colored yarn creates a dark but stained glass effect.

  10. I LOVE what you’re doing here!! And the main color is simply to die for. Your shawl will be amazing!
    Please continue to be safe! ❀

  11. What a great shawl! Please be safe. Thank you for your joy. My prayers are with you and your husband.

  12. Your shawl will be spectacular! Can you share how to add yarns to your stash or a project in Ravelry? I can’t figure it out. It’s probably something I’m missing, but I would appreciate your help and others may too.

  13. Your choice of using Burst for your main color(s) in Painting Bricks shawl makes all the difference. I’d like to think that I might have thought of using a variegated color like that, but I’m not positive I would. I hope to knit this some day, but I’m so slow and behind in my projects, who knows?!? Thanks for your blog and sharing these ideas.

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