The adventure knitting has begun! After the get ready… get set… period finished up, last Thursday at midnight was GO! time. The first actual pattern was released, again in the foldable booklet format (either color or black & white, along with the screen-reading format as well). I printed one out for myself in b&w and colored the cover with markers:
For the first section of knitting adventures, you get to climb a tree! The cover reads: “We start our summer feats in a weird woods area, where we look around to all sides and see different kinds of trees and other things that normally wouldn’t be found in the same space… Cool! Let’s get our adventure on!”
There are four kinds of trees, which are code names for the four different stitch pattern options for this section. The four trees have no relation to the four paths that you pick from at the beginning, which are the different item options, so you can pick any stitch pattern to go with any item.
There are two stitch patterns meant for a solid or semi-solid yarn, one meant for striping between 2 yarns, and one meant for either striping between 2 or more yarns, or using a variegated yarn with short color sections.
The designs came first, the tree code names second, so don’t expect the stitch patterns to look like the trees; but I did choose the tree names to symbolize elements of the stitch patterns. I had fun finding the right tree choices! There are: bristlecone pine tree, giant redwood, birch trees, and the basket tree, which all are very cool looking trees! (Click the links for photos, much better to see what they look like than my silly drawings!)
I won’t show spoiler photos here, but I will link you over to my ravelry projects to see/read details for all eight of my projects, and I’ll link you over to flickr photos of each section 1 spoiler photo (click the path links).
I’m climbing the bristlecone pine tree in each of the two yarns below – orange Imperial Yarn Columbia on the Green Byway (hands accessory), and green Knitted Wit Merino Worsted on the Gold Route (mystery non-accessory item):
Climbing up the giant redwood with the below handspun yarn along the Green Byway (hands accessory); also climbing a giant redwood with some bulky yarn I didn’t photograph, along the Aqua Passage (neck accessory):
I’m climbing up the birch trees with some Louet Riverstone Chunky yarn (seems like aran weight to me, but it’s labeled as bulky, and it’s discontinued now anyway, so whatevs) on the Orange Trail (head accessory), and with this Knit Picks Chroma self-striping and Louet Riverstone worsted along the Aqua Passage (neck accessory):
And finally, up the basket trees I go with this collection of worsted weight leftovers, along the Orange Trail (head accessory), and also with some contrasty variegated Black Trillium sock yarn on the Gold Route (non-accessory item):
Furthermore, if you want to see spoiler photos of mystery knit-a-long-ers’ projects, there are lots going up in the rav forums. You can also read about how it’s all going spoiler-free in the section 1 discussion thread. Everyone is having lots of fun! You can totally still join us now and catch up easily by the time the next section goes up on Friday (and it’s 2 bucks cheaper now than it will be when the KAL is over)!
I’m really happy with how this experimental adventure is going so far; if you’re knitting along, I hope you’re happy too! Yay summer adventure fun times!