Monday, July 15, 2013

Rastita Design Challenge!

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So a few weeks ago, I mentioned that I ran into a friend from my knitting group, and that we were working on an idea together.  Well, now the details are all worked out, so we can finally let the cat out of the bag!

Ariel, supercool sock designer and Starjay Knits podcaster, is my partner is designy crime.  We were talking about Malabrigo Rastita and found that we both loved the yarn, but weren't sure what to knit with it.  Rastita is a new DK-weight sister yarn to Rasta, a lightly felted single-ply yarn.  It seems ideally suited to cozy accessories and lightweight garments, and I've been itching to try it out.

So we started playing with colors, and pretty soon we had come up with a grand idea: we would both get two colors of Rastita, design a pattern of our choosing with the yarn, and blog the design process and results.  And when the pattern is released, we'll each be doing a giveaway of a kit to make the new design - so stay tuned!

For my colors, I chose Lotus, a beautiful pink color with hints of blue and lavender, and Peacock, a deep, shadowed blue.  I sketched as soon as I got home and came up with a textured shawl with a lace border.  I'll be talking more about the idea process in the next post, but in the meantime I wanted to share the swatch - I love these two colors together, and I'm excited to cast on for the full shawl and share my progress next post!

Look out for Design Challenge Posts about every two weeks, and be sure to check out Ariel's blog for her spin on things!

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