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.
Because sometimes I simply cannot help myself, this week I cast on for some shawls. Not one, not two, but THREE new projects. Ack.
First up: CEY’s popular Abstract with some gorgeous cashmere yarn I picked up at such a discount that I am ashamed to admit it in public. I have 136 grams of Wicked, and I am making the softest most beautiful-est shawl/scarf ever. It is completely spoiling me for all other yarns forever, because knitting with cashmere is like … well, like nothing else I’ve ever knit with. Yum. The work is humming right along — should be a quick project to finish.
Later in the week, I got really impatient waiting for the next clue on a mystery lace KAL to come out, so (logically) I cast on for a Echo Flower shawl using some Shadow Tonal in Deep Waters. I’d originally meant the yarn to be something else, but then changed my mind. So this doesn’t really count as a new project, right?
This did not cure my KAL waiting blues however, and after seeing so many gorgeous lace-weight projects go up on the KAL thread, I caved in and bought some Malabrigo Lace at the shop, and cast on last night, and finished the first clue. You can see where this is headed … I finished Clue 3 on the original mystery today, and I’m halfway through clue 2 on the lace-weight one. Help? Also: we will not discuss the four skeins of Tosh Light that are already destined for three different lace projects. Will not!