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Tuesday, August 02, 2005

A Mystery Begins

If you pay attention to the sidebar, you'd have noticed a new button a couple of weeks ago. Its for a Mystery Shawl Along done by Renee and yesterday was the launch date. I've already done Step 1 and this is what it looks like. As you can see, its shaping is like the Peacock Feathers Shawl - it starts at the center top and increases to the bottom point. The yarn I'm using is from Handpaintedyarn.com and this is Continental Blue in the laceweight. This is obviously one yarn that isn't going to show much pattern until its blocked. I mean, here it is pinned out to kinda show you what it looks like and all it really looks like is someone dropped their plate at Papa Smurf's Big Spaghetti Dinner. You'll just have to take my word for it that its pretty. So far it has some zigzaggy lines. Renee is doing this similar to the Mystery Stole I did, each week we get a little more of the directions, so next Monday, I'll get to do more. I can't wait to see what this looks like and its really nice to sit back and let someone else do all the design work!

Speaking of design work, Jenna aka the Girl From Auntie, the brains behind the uberpopular Rogue pattern, has a new one out: Eris. If you have never done one of her patterns, I highly suggest that you give them a try. The patterns seem huge (Rogue is 19 pages, Eris is 40) but she charts EVERYTHING and holds your hand through the entire project. There are no, "repeat for other side, reversing shaping" things here, she spells out the reverse shaping and walks you through it. Also, Rogue has the perfect combination of cables where you have to concentrate and stockinette where you can knit on autopilot. Its not boring at all, but also not overwhelming. I seriously think someone could learn how to do cables on Rogue and not have a bit of trouble. I will definitely be getting Eris, I'm loving the cardigan version and I think the KnitPicks yarn with wool, alpaca, and silk (Andean Treasure? I don't know, the worsted one) will be wonderful for it.

Finally, I just want to say thank you for all the lovely complements I got on my win at the fair. You guys are so sweet! Big hugs to everyone!


Blogger Micky said...

Pretty color.
Thanks again for your A-long. It got me used to the whole lace thing. Now I am in the shawl a-long and actually did the 1st clue using the chart only. Thanks for the help and encouragement.

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