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Monday, January 31, 2011

Decisions, Decisions

The family is mostly all back to normal today. No one has 100% of their energy, but everyone is back to their normal Monday routine.

This Friday is the start of the In Dreams Mystery Shawl KAL (and also the cut off date for signing up, but the pattern will be available later for purchase if you're busy now or just not a Mystery KAL kind of person). The first link is to the designer's blog with a teaser swatch (gorgeous!) and information about the project. This link is to the Ravelry page for the pattern, where you can sign up if you're interested. Naturally, nothing in my stash was quite right for this project (never mind that I don't really know what it's going to look like, I still had nothing quite right), so I went wandering around the Internets. I ended up buying two different yarns from Solstice Yarns but I haven't quite decided which yarn to use.
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On the left is Annwn which is 70% baby alpaca, 20% silk, and 10% cashmere. This is the Avalon colorway. On the right is Morgana which is 80% merino and 20% silk, in the Intuition colorway. I'm kind of leaning towards using the purple one (Intuition) for this project and using Avalon for one of my own designs but I'm not totally decided. Both skeins are just gorgeous and the dyeing is perfect for lace. There's a lot of subtle color variations that aren't really photographing, but the different colors are close enough that they won't distract from lace, or beads. Did I mention that there are 5000 beads in this project? I've decided to go ahead and do the beads - all the beads. I'll be using the same color of beads for either yarn (a clear bead with an aurora borealis finish), so I don't have to decide on anything but which yarn to use. I might just decide Friday when the first clue gets posted. After all, it's not like I don't have anything to work on in the meantime!

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6 Comments:

Blogger Connie Peterson said...

Both colors are beautiful ... I can see why it's hard to chose. I hope daughter Joy signs up for the mystery shawl. I love to watch her when she's knitting these. And they are always so beautiful!

10:03 AM  
Blogger Delusional Knitter said...

I signed up for that one too ... I opted out for the beads though, you're brave! Both yarns are beautiful, I'm partial to purple though, so I like the Intuition.

11:49 AM  
Blogger Marji said...

I signed up (because you told me about it, Evil Temptress) AND I have 5000 beads. I need something to take my mind off the Celtic Icon sleeves I just had to frog and start over.

12:10 PM  
Blogger Bea said...

Erin, I stumbled upon your blog this morning and have spent the whole day reading it. I'm a woman raised in a small city and now living in a sprawling suburban area. Some of your posts made me laugh out loud, and quite a few made me think about the independent farmers and their daily lives. Some brought tears to my eyes and some made me realize how your faith plays such a major role in your lives. Thank you so much for sharing your experiences with a city "girl" who's old enough to be a grandmother now.

1:24 PM  
Blogger Bea said...

Melanie, sorry about the cross post again. I'm going to have to get DH to figure out how to stop it. What I planned to send was that I too had signed up for the mystery shawl and am using Yarn from the Unique Sheep. Will wait to get my beads until after I receive the yarn

1:28 PM  
Anonymous Robby said...

Not that you asked, but I think the yarn on the right looks 'dreamier'. OTOH, 5000 beads sounds downright nightmarish. Stunningly beautiful, but not for moi.

11:10 PM  

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