Finished: Exploration Station Shawl

My Exploration Station is finally off the needles!  I started this July 4 and bound off on August 30.  I guess that isn't too long considering I only worked on it at night after work, but it still feels good to have such a large project blocked and done.

I really enjoyed this shawl.  I've only made one other Stephen West pattern (Pagona, which I made last fall) so I was a little wary - this is an odder one - but the finished projects swayed me.  The instructions were very clear and nothing was as expected, which is nice when you pay for a pattern - you don't want to guess each step rather than learning something new along the way.  I learned i-cord and brioche and got to play with how the stitches are knit (moving them from one end of the needle to the other, rather than turning and working back).  It was a neat pattern.

I spent a lot of time deciding on a color palette for this, with lots of yarn piles laid out around my sewing room!  Ultimately, I went with these because they looked like fall to me, but they looked like a rooster to Nick.  Everything is up for interpretation I suppose.  I enjoyed working with tonals, variegated and speckled yarns all in one project.  It helped keep the whole thing interesting, even with 400+-stitches-long rows!

I wrapped this shawl around my neck after taking pictures yesterday and remembered how much I love that feeling - a warm wool shawl on a crisp day.  Unfortunately it was in the 80s, but soon, my friends, very soon!

Pattern: Exploration Station by Stephen West / Yarn: Hedgehog Fibres Sock in Pheasant (pink), Plucky Knitter Feet in Top Hat (dark gray), Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in Candlewick (yellow), and Nomadic Yarns Trusty Sock in Chocolate Box (cream speckled) / Ravelry notes here