Tuesday, August 02, 2005

It's a Mystery

Yesterday was the beginning of the Mystery Shawl Knitalong. I was poised beside the computer, needles and yarn in hand. The first clue came out and there was a certain amount of confusion. Teething troubles, only. Once that was sorted out I was up and running.

I swatched with 3mm needles, but wasn't terribly happy with the resultant fabric so I went down to 2.5mm needles and just jumped right in, without swatching again. Here's the result:

The construction of the shawl is such that it's very difficult to see the knitting when it's on the needles. The work starts at the centre back and increases four times on each public row (two stitches in from each end, and then with YO, K1, YO in the centre). I like this construction - it's the same as Flirty Ruffles, and Peacock Feathers, both from Fiddlesticks Knitting and both of which I have previously made.

I'm really looking forward to seeing how this project turns out - it's great fun so far. Next clue is due next week - what on earth shall I do in the meantime?

I could go back to work on Rosy Fingered Dawn, who has stalled slightly in all the excitement of the beginning of the Mystery. I suppose working on that will feel like knitting with tree trunks after the teeny, tiny needles of the Mystery.

I could start a bag (yes, another one). I got the yarn:

This is some discontinued Rowan "Polar", which Nicky was just about giving away. How could I resist? The darker colour there is a very deep aubergine and I'm going to put it together with the pale lilac to make another of Emma King's bags from the "25 bags" book. Let's hope I don't run out of yarn - there is no chance of any more! I thought I might make another One Skein Wonder with the green, but it could be too thick. We shall see.

I also bought some other stuff - it was in the sale.

That's some Rowan Wool/Cotton. I haven't really got any project in mind for that, so if anyone's got any ideas...

The odd ball is Wendy "Melody" that I'm going to use to trim a One Skein Wonder I've promised to make for a friend of mine. I think it's about time I started doing some of this stuff, rather than writing about it, don't you?

1 comment:

Gill said...

Wow! The mystery shawl looks so pretty in that colourway. Can't wait to see the next stage.