Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Summer Mystery #3

I finished my third Summer Mystery shawl last night and while I'm excited to have it completed, I'm sad to end the project.  I loved the yarn so much I found myself trying to drag out the knitting to make the experience last as long as possible.  I'm definitely going to have get some more of this yarn.   I'm thinking I need it in the Plum, Atlantic, Mallard, Spearmint, Sunset, Stormy & Harvest colourways.  Hmm.  I might need a job.

I sure hope it grows during the blocking process.  It's only measuring 28 x 16 inches at the moment.   It's not supposed to be huge, it's intended to be more of a scarf for under my coat than a shawl, but...  

As for the shawl's stats, it was knit with Tanis Fiber Arts Hand Dyed fingering weight in the Garnet colourway on size 5 needles.   It took a little less than one skein.  Here's what's left over,

I need to stop looking at it though.  The fabric reminds me of raspberry sherbet & it's making me hungry.

As for Summer Mystery shawl #2, I finally blocked it and am quite happy with the way it turned out.  Here's Sarah modeling it.

And a close up,

Details for this shawl can be found here and here.

As much as I loved the Summer Mystery shawl pattern, I think I'm done knitting it.  Three was the charm and I'm feeling confident that I've kicked the addiction.  Now, the problem is that I can't decide what to work on next.  I know the yarn I'll use.  More from Tanis Fiber Arts, but in lace weight and the Midnight colourway.  The problem lays in deciding which pattern to use.  I have three that I'm dying to knit and the yarn is refusing to tell me which one it wants to be.  But that's ok.  It has time to make up its mind.  I'm bound and determined to finish my green Pi shawl before I start another big lace project.  And that shawl's bind off is taking an inordinate amount of time.  The bind off alone involves 6,912 stitches.  And I can't say that it's exciting knitting.  As much as I want to complete the piece, I'm struggling to get more than a few inches done each day.  At this rate, I may have the shawl ready to wear in 2013 rather than 2011.

Max says, don't ask him which shawl I should knit next.  He's too busy making weird faces to offer an opinion.

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