FO Friday: AMS 2012 Olive Lace

This is my fourth year making the Anniversary Mystery Shawl — a free KAL put out annually by prolific lace designer Renee Leverington.

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Project: AMS 2012 Olive Lace

Pattern: Anniversary Mystery Shawl 2012

Designer: Renee Leverington

Available: soon

Yarn: Malabrigo Lace in #56 Olive

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I chose Malabrigo Lace as a backup plan, when a skein of lace from my stash turned out to be horribly cut up in many places.  (I’m STILL not happy about that!)  But, it turned out to be a great excuse to knit with Malabrigo Lace, which is so soft and wonderful.  It is a single-ply, which makes it a tad delicate, but definitely worth the extra effort.

After trying several colors, I settled on “Translucent Amber” beads with a “Rainbow” finish.  I love the warm neutral brown of the amber, and the translucence allows the bead to blend with the yarn better.  Finally, the rainbow finish makes each bead a bit different, again allowing for better blending.  At least that’s my theory!

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My favorite part of this shawl was the big leaf motif at the top!

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This shawl is a 4/6 hexagon.  You could block it as a square … but I vastly prefer the 4/6 hex shape.

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Cast-on Monday: AMS KAL 2012

I have swatched my Malabrigo Lace in “Olive,” with Amber TR beads (size 8):

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I was at an agility trial all weekend, but my friend Chris and I cast on for the “Anniversary Mystery Shawl 2012” by GoddessKnits in a tent, using Chris’s i-phone to display the pattern. I did about a dozen rows by lantern-light before turning in for the night :).

I believe there are still a few days to sign up for this KAL, if you are interested … hint hint! 🙂

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New Lace KAL: Goddess Knits Anniversary Mystery Shawl

For the 4th year in a row, I will be making an “Anniversary Mystery Shawl” courtesy Renee Leverington of Goddess Knits.  As to the reason why … here are the results from the first three years:

2009: Victorian Romance

8622 shawl

2010: Mandala II

0174 completed Mandala II

2011: Summer Rain

(See my posts about joining the 2011 KAL and the FO Friday for Summer Rain for more information.)

2830 Summer Rain shawl

I think they speak for themselves, no?

Anyway, the signups are now OPEN for this most excellent and FREE lace shawl KAL.  Go to the Anniverasry Mystery Shawl 2012 group page at yahoo, and join.  That’s all there is to it. You have until May 5th to sign up, but after that you are out of luck.  Renee creates beautiful hand-dyed lace yarn for the KAL, but she doesn’t require knitters to use it.   I rummaged through my stash, and plan to use Ivy Brambles Romantica in Pine Tree:

2383 Ivy Brambles Romantica in Pine Tree