Weekend Update: Ties, Campaigns and Knitting

Six new ties and one finished shawl
Do you know how you have that friend that always seems to be in front of the curve of every trend? They've always heard about the new popular singer or best seller book before anyone else. They know all the best restaurants and good movies. Tastemakers.

I'm never that guy.

That's cool. I let other people set the pace. I'll follow along comfortably behind and benefiting from their knowledge and their mistakes. I mean, except bow ties - none of my friends wear a bow tie so I do set that trend. Just wait, bow ties aren't for old lawyers and hipsters anymore. Now there's me, too.

Part of my quest to be cooler -- what? yes, quests are supposed to be near impossible -- is to find a way to get in front of some trend before anyone else. Or at least on the ground floor. My favorite tool is the website Kickstarter. It's everything I like: passionate people with projects they want to bring to the world.

I've backed a couple projects that have been funded. Two that I'm ridiculously excited about, Nice Laundry and The Knotty Tie, fall right into my plan to be more cool. Also, Magnet Comic, which will be part of my plan to be funnier.
I have a lot of plans.
Unfortunately, I'm sharing these gems after the Kickstarter campaigns are over. Sorry. But they all have websites where you can get alerts when they go live with their products. Do it.
In knitting news, I've finished another Market Shawl (pattern coming soon - watch this space) using Brooks Farm Yarn Duet. I checked their website but it doesn't seem to be available anymore. I picked it up last year at Southeastern Animal Fiber Festival in Asheville, NC. It's a wool and mohair yarn; the mohair appears to be twisted around the wool single. I'm not an expert in yarn construction but that's my opinion. I enjoy the yarn - the mohair shines differently from the wool - and it fuzzes up considerably. I didn't exactly take that into account when I started the project. I guess we're always learning. The shawl/scarf will be very warm and that's the main goal.

I'm looking forward to using the other Brooks Farm yarns I bought on the same trip.

I've also been working on a lightweight summer cover up using a recycled denim yarn - you may have seen the stripes already. The knitting is finished and now I'm showing it to friends for feedback on the design. I'm fairly proud of it and think people like it. The denim yarn is soft and easy to wear and the citron/sand stripes are right on trend, at least according to the various websites I've checked.

Next up, more stripes in the same yarn, but a different pattern or technique. And possibly I'll add in some lace patterning.

I've been practicing my drawing, too! I can't believe it looks normal. (Don't tell anyone I traced the person.

I'm still waiting to hear about the design I submitted to a yarn company. It's been almost three weeks, so I guess it's good practice in patience.