As a reward for finishing my design project on time, I bought beads to match my Stroll Tonal (in Pacific) and cast on Marigold by Susanna IC (published in the Sock Report).
This is my fourth year making the Anniversary Mystery Shawl — a free KAL put out annually by prolific lace designer Renee Leverington.
Project: AMS 2012 Olive Lace
Pattern: Anniversary Mystery Shawl 2012
Designer: Renee Leverington
Yarn: Malabrigo Lace in #56 Olive
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!
My favorite part of this shawl was the big leaf motif at the top!
This shawl is a 4/6 hexagon. You could block it as a square … but I vastly prefer the 4/6 hex shape.
Project: Silver Ribband
Designer: Laura Nelkin
Available: $5 on Ravelry, pattern kit with all accouterments was $21 retail
Yarn: Alpaca with a Twist Fino
I made this pretty and versatile knitted jewelry piece in just one day. The kit came with all the fixings: beads, crystals, yarn, clasp, and even a special tool to help thread the beads onto the yarn. For this pattern, the beads are all strung ahead of time, then popped into place as needed. What else can I say? Well-written and clear, this pattern was a pleasure to knit. The FO is another shop sample for the Hub Mills Store.
Welcome to CO Monday, or (as it shall be known this week) “Have I Lost My Mind?” I started four new projects this week, even though I already have multiple projects already actively in progress. Perhaps I am crazy, and believe I have grown extra arms, and need even more projects to keep my extra arms busy. I hope those extra arms already know how to knit.
I think the cause is simple: I’m getting near the end of many of those WIPs, and I’m anticipating the lull that follows — the panic that sets in when I don’t have enough projects! Eek!
So, here are the four newbies:
Purple Hedgehog Hat — I bought a skein of Mushishi as a courtesy purchase when I checked out Aunt Margaret’s Yarn Shop in Chelmsford, MA. The main draw of this shop (for me) is that they carry a full line of Knit Picks needles, including interchangeable tips and cables! But, I didn’t need any needles on this visit, so I chose a big cushy skein of purpley yarn. It has long color repeats, but they aren’t that different from each other. I’m taking full advantage of the color repeats with the short-row bumps in this hat. I have two bumps done so far :).
Next up: Berringbone Patch Socks. I haven’t made a pair of socks in quite a while. It was time. I’ve had this skein of Stroll Hand-painted around for a while, earmarked for socks … I did change my mind about the socks I was going to make, though. I’ve decided I really don’t like lacy sock patterns, because they don’t wear as well as more solid patterns. I’ve finish the cuff and gotten about four rows into the herringbone pattern.
I also cast on for a store sample for Hub Mills of my upcoming CEY design, tentatively called Branches. The pattern sample is in cranberry, but the store sample will be this gorgeous purple:
I cast on for this project, because I had finished the cape I was making as a store sample. The pattern book won’t be out until June, so I have plenty of time to work on it. But, when I work in the shop, I can only knit on projects for the store — I wanted to make sure I had something to do with my hands if it turned out to be a slow day. As it happened, it WAS a slow day … but I didn’t work on the purple project at all. Instead, I cast on (and then finished) a Sliver Ribband for the store. We recently got in several kits by Laura Nelkin, and I got to make this one:
I stranded the beads and knit it up in a single day — the kit comes complete with the yarn, beads, clasp, pattern, and even a little threader to help put beads on the yarn. I give it high marks!
For the third year in a row, I was a happy member of Renee Leverington’s “Anniversary Mystery Shawl” group. The KAL began in May, but I made the project even bigger by doing four panels (instead of three) and adding beads throughout the shawl. The last few rows were taking me 1-2 hours each, but the finished project is 100% worth the effort! I love the weight of a beaded shawl, and the click-clack the beads make as the shawl swings.
Project: AMS 2011
Pattern: Summer Rain
Designer: Renee Leverington
Available: $6 at Renee’s shop
Yarn: Jaggerspun Zephyr Wool-Silk in Blueberry — my first time knitting from a cone!
Beads: size 6 in “gunmetal iris”
“Summer Rain” was another creative and flawless pattern, just as I’ve come to expect from Renee. The pattern called for three triangles, blocked into a half-hexagon. I decided I wanted more shoulder coverage and added a fourth panel and blocked it as a 2/3-hexagon. I also went a little crazy with beads! Near the top beading rows were few and far between, but I systematically increased the amount of beading until it was nearly every row on the final “clue” of this mystery shawl.
Did you know that beads are hard to photograph?
This year four members of my knitting group worked on the mystery shawl. The first person to finish entered her shawl in a local ag fair and won 2nd place! I’m the second person to finish — two more to go!
I was surprised by how nicely the Zephyr lace yarn stretched out while knitting. Silly me, I thought it “barely” needed blocking. Here is a before shot — you can see how dense and crumpled it is compared to the blocked photos above.
Here’s the pinned-out shawl! I used Knit Picks cables (from the interchangeable set) to block the top edges, and I pinned out points along the bottom edges. The shawl dried super fast — completely done in just one afternoon.