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    Spice Market CAL

    As some of you may know, Mark Roseboom of "The Guy with a Hook" planned a CAL for his Spice Market blanket. It has since been cancelled. You can see his statement HERE. He has encouraged those of us who want to make the blanket to carry on. Though there will be no official support from his site or testers.

    I've decided to move forward with the project and if anyone else would like to join...well, welcome!

    If you don't have the pattern, you can find the pdf files on his website.

    I'm hoping this can be a place for us to work out issues we may have with technique as a friendly group. Ooh! Please post photos of your WIPs too!
    Last edited by TexasPurl; 01-17-2020, 07:07 PM.
    Debbie

    Stashbusting CAL WTD +4/YTD -202 (2019-642)(2018-109)
    Book Challenge 17/50 (2019-51)(2018-35)

    “Properly practiced, knitting (& crochet) soothes the troubled spirit, and it doesn't hurt the untroubled spirit either.”
    Elizabeth Zimmerman with edits by me

    #2
    I'll be making my Spice Market in #10 thread & a 1.6 mm hook. I may make a wall hanging if it turns out as gorgeous as I hope.

    My colors:
    • (A) - Aunt Lydia's - Natural
    • (B) - Hobby Lobby Artiste - Fudge
    • (C) - Hobby Lobby Artiste - Wild Berry
    • (D) - Hobby Lobby Artiste - Orchid
    • (E) - Aunt Lydia's - Burgundy
    • (F) - Aunt Lydia's - Olive
    • (G) - Aunt Lydia's - Wasabi
    • (H) - Aunt Lydia's - Forest Green
    Debbie

    Stashbusting CAL WTD +4/YTD -202 (2019-642)(2018-109)
    Book Challenge 17/50 (2019-51)(2018-35)

    “Properly practiced, knitting (& crochet) soothes the troubled spirit, and it doesn't hurt the untroubled spirit either.”
    Elizabeth Zimmerman with edits by me

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      #3
      I am seriously considering this!!! If I do it will likely be in a DK weight yarn. I am a little nervous about the mosaic crochet, however. I have never done this. It is such an awesome pattern, though!!!

      I can’t imagine doing this in thread. You, TexasPurl are the thread queen, though!

      Although I do have some fingering stash I could use up.... hmmm
      Knitting is happening here! ❤️

      2020 Stashbuster MAL: WTD = -3; YTD = -62

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      • TexasPurl
        TexasPurl commented
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        I started this topic so we can all work through those parts we're unfamiliar with together. I'm happy to help anyone with questions.

      #4
      I completed Part 1 last night. I followed the pattern with only 1 exception.

      Round 14 - When instructed to make the 2nd dtr into the ch2 sp of rnd 10, I instead made the dtr into the bottom loop of the 1st dtr. I think it made a nice join of the V stitch.

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      Debbie

      Stashbusting CAL WTD +4/YTD -202 (2019-642)(2018-109)
      Book Challenge 17/50 (2019-51)(2018-35)

      “Properly practiced, knitting (& crochet) soothes the troubled spirit, and it doesn't hurt the untroubled spirit either.”
      Elizabeth Zimmerman with edits by me

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      • Kathy7661
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        TexasPurl
        Wow!! Stunning!!!

      • pinesprairie
        pinesprairie commented
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        Oh wow! I am going to make this but won't be starting now. I look forward to watching your progress!

      • Char
        Char commented
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        I was just checking to see if you posted a picture yet - and here it is!!! !!!

      #5
      Part 2 is complete! I made 1 change to the pattern.

      On round 19, I made each dc in the back loop of the sc in the round below. The dark purple was getting lost under the burgundy.

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      Last edited by TexasPurl; 01-21-2020, 08:56 AM.
      Debbie

      Stashbusting CAL WTD +4/YTD -202 (2019-642)(2018-109)
      Book Challenge 17/50 (2019-51)(2018-35)

      “Properly practiced, knitting (& crochet) soothes the troubled spirit, and it doesn't hurt the untroubled spirit either.”
      Elizabeth Zimmerman with edits by me

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      • knitter131
        knitter131 commented
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        TexasPurl, yes - Char only shops the sales, and she always gives me the "family" prices. But, that's a lot of colors, and there's my stashbusting to consider!!!!! Ho hum, what's a girl to do???

      • TexasPurl
        TexasPurl commented
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        LOL knitter131 - It didn't occur to me, but it could be Char 's subtle plan to earn a few stashbusting points!

      • Char
        Char commented
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        TexasPurl - you weren't supposed to tell her THAT!

      #6
      Hhhmmm. Well I will need to weigh the plusses an minuses to figure this out. I would need a lot of colors 😕
      Kathie from Indiana

      2020 Stashbuster MAL: WTD - +23, YTD +39

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        #7
        Part 3 is finished! No pattern tweaks. Not that I didn't try with the corners. Each corner is worked independently & each row of the corner is fastened off.
        (Note to self, weave in ends as you go!) It measure 12" square.

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        Debbie

        Stashbusting CAL WTD +4/YTD -202 (2019-642)(2018-109)
        Book Challenge 17/50 (2019-51)(2018-35)

        “Properly practiced, knitting (& crochet) soothes the troubled spirit, and it doesn't hurt the untroubled spirit either.”
        Elizabeth Zimmerman with edits by me

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        • Kathy7661
          Kathy7661 commented
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          TexasPurl Wow, it's beautiful!

        • Char
          Char commented
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          Very inspiring!!! Gosh, those ends. lol

        #8
        Gosh! Every time I see this I want to make it!! Beautiful 😊
        Kathie from Indiana

        2020 Stashbuster MAL: WTD - +23, YTD +39

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        • Kathy7661
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          I agree!! 😊

        #9
        I've taken the.plunge - I found enough colors in Cascade Heritage Sock, with the exception of the white. Char opened her yarn shop and I'm all set! Part 1 completed. It's been fun so far, and hard to put it down!

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        Last edited by knitter131; 01-28-2020, 08:55 AM.
        Kathie from Indiana

        2020 Stashbuster MAL: WTD - +23, YTD +39

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        • Kathy7661
          Kathy7661 commented
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          Very nice!

        • Char
          Char commented
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          Oh, this is so pretty! Are you having fun!?!?!?!

        • knitter131
          knitter131 commented
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          I am really enjoying it a lot 😊😊

        #10
        For those who have started this, how would it look in just one color? IE more of a textured pattern instead of a colorful pattern? Maybe even a textured pattern, with the mosaic in a differet color? I'm thinking..... LOL If I can widdle this down to just a couple colors, I could sure bust through some stash on hand.
        Knitting is happening here! ❤️

        2020 Stashbuster MAL: WTD = -3; YTD = -62

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        • knitter131
          knitter131 commented
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          Well, I think you would loose a lot of the stitch work, as several rounds are single crochets in different colors. I will bring it and the pictures from the pattern when I see you next.

        • TexasPurl
          TexasPurl commented
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          I agree knitter131. This pattern relies heavily on color changes rather than texture.

        #11
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        Thanks TexasPurl for posting this CAL, my daughter-in-law fell in love with the ginger version and picked through stash instead of using the yarn I'd gotten for it. I'm going to have to get creative with the colors to have enough though any stash reduction is worth celebrating! Thanks also for the blo tip, I used it on a few rounds in Part 1.

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        • pinesprairie
          pinesprairie commented
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          Thanks for the kind words TexasPurl! It's worsted weight so will make a nice big dent I'm thinking.

        • Kathy7661
          Kathy7661 commented
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          @pinespraire Love, love, love the colors!!! 💕

        • pinesprairie
          pinesprairie commented
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          Kathy7661 My daughter-in-law thanks you. They are actually some of my favorites too.

        #12
        I've completed part 2, it's pretty big already 😊. It's such fun, and a bit of a challenge! If you're thinking about jumping in to do this, don't be alarmed by the ends. If you take care of them after each part is done, it goes pretty quickly.

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        Kathie from Indiana

        2020 Stashbuster MAL: WTD - +23, YTD +39

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        • Kathy7661
          Kathy7661 commented
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          knitter131 Very pretty!

        • knitter131
          knitter131 commented
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          pinesprairie, I’m not home, but I would guess it’s about 14” so far. Finished size will be almost 48” if I stay at gauge.

        • pinesprairie
          pinesprairie commented
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          knitter131 - thanks. Wow, I think worsted is going to be big!

        #13
        Part 4 is complete! We're up to 480 stitches per round with a lot fewer ends to weave in! It's 14½" square. I finished the last row sitting out on our patio. It's too nice to be inside.

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        Debbie

        Stashbusting CAL WTD +4/YTD -202 (2019-642)(2018-109)
        Book Challenge 17/50 (2019-51)(2018-35)

        “Properly practiced, knitting (& crochet) soothes the troubled spirit, and it doesn't hurt the untroubled spirit either.”
        Elizabeth Zimmerman with edits by me

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        • knitter131
          knitter131 commented
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          It looks so pretty! Mine has sat for a couple days with nothing done. We are preparing for carpet cleaners tomorrow, maybe once we get house put back together I’ll have a chance.

        • TexasPurl
          TexasPurl commented
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          Thank y'all! Char Kathy7661 & knitter131

        • pinesprairie
          pinesprairie commented
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          TexasPurl, Very nicely done! It's fun watching it unfold as the colors come together. knitter131, mine is sitting right along with yours.

        #14
        Part 2 at 19". It's interesting how much the size varies based on thread/yarn choice.

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        • Char
          Char commented
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          Wow - beautiful!!!

          I'm still going to rope myself in, aren't I? LOL I am having trouble deciding on colors.

        • pinesprairie
          pinesprairie commented
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          knitter131, TexasPurl, Char, thanks. I think the warm earth colors appeal as a reminder of the patio kind of weather.

        • Kathy7661
          Kathy7661 commented
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          Gorgeous!!

        #15
        So - when I am looking at colors. It seems like I need a dark (brown, black, navy, something like that). A light (white, cream, etc), and two different types of colors, two shades each, with an additional complimentary color for each.

        Am I assessing the needs correctly?
        Knitting is happening here! ❤️

        2020 Stashbuster MAL: WTD = -3; YTD = -62

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        • pinesprairie
          pinesprairie commented
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          I converted his colors to something we could use when picking from stash. Might help. I do know that a bigger variance in the shades would be more attractive; some of the colors we picked out are very close so they don't show the contrast as well. 1 dark, 2 colors with 3 shades and one high contrast color.

          DK version
          Cream
          Dark navy/gray
          Bright Blue/purple
          Light blue/purple
          Med purple/burgundy
          Med sage green
          Med tan
          Med teal

          Thread version
          Orange
          Dk Navy
          Bright Pink
          Pale Pink
          Med Pink
          Cream
          Tan
          Taupe
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        • pinesprairie
          pinesprairie commented
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          I tried to copy from a spreadsheet but it didn't work. We did what you didn't want to have to. Let me try to fix.

        • Char
          Char commented
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          pinesprairie - this is perfect! Thank you

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