Clue #5...the last clue. This MKAL (Ysolda's mystery follow your arrow knitalong) just flew by. I guess the proverbial .... eat an elephant, one bite at a time....sort of fits. The clues were never real long....and when you finished, there was no guilt putting it down and picking up something else. You had to. No choice. Until the next Monday rolled around ----and you got excited all over to see what choices you had.
This last clue was the border....the end....and for me it was a no-brainer. I love knitted on borders, and that was one of the choices. I didn't read ahead. I just lunged right in. (I never read ahead. I always just lunge right in.) Which was why I was just the teeniest bit worried when I got through the first chart (of 4) and discovered my yarn was getting eaten up at a furious rate. This was old stash yarn...no way could I match it up. Should I rip it out and go with the safer border?? I could just end several rows short; it might not look good, but it would certainly look better than a border that didn't span the whole length of the shawl. hmmmmm.
While I was debating this...naturally, I was knitting chart 2. And to my surprise, the deep border I started with was getting shorter. This pattern was written with my limited supply of yarn in mind! With each progressive chart, the border got shorted and shorter. Perfect. (I'd rather be lucky than good any day.) I even ended up with a little bit left over. No worries.
It was nice unblocked, but...
the magic is happening right now on the blocking board. The mystery (for me), though, remains unsolved. How in the world did Ysolda figure this out....there are 32 different possibilities. And, I bet they are all stunning.
Mr. Churchill's Secretaryis my newest book....but as you can see, I just started it. And now I have to wait for it to dry out a bit. That was a really bad idea putting it face down on a wet shawl. (Hope the library isn't reading this.)
the mystery shawl--clue 3 is added (I photographed on Freddy's chair...he wouldn't move; he was busy 'sampling' the pattern. Actually, every chair in the house is Freddy's chair---who am I trying to kid?)
the beaded shawl (yes, that's his foot in the upper right corner.)
a lot of shawl-loving going on around here.
Each one demands attention, so the majority of my 'reading' is actually listening. Under the Wide and Starry Sky by Nancy Horan (author of Loving Frank) is the story of the tumultuous relationship between Robert Louis Stevenson and Franny Osbourne. It's a good one!!!
The yarn for Isolda's mystery shawl knitalong arrived today! I was like a madwoman ripping into the package (as if I've never received yarn in the mail before?) I love the color. (The color in the photo looks blah. In real life it's greener and quite pretty.)
I whipped out the old bird and the yarn winder and got busy....and then, the yarn winder died. It had been getting progressively louder but the gears finally gave up. (drat)
But one skein was wound, so I was good to go. I had already decided to do clue 2 because I like the look of a garter tab....(my needles were already out and waiting)...I cast on----and by row 6 I was not sure, and by row 20 I was pretty sure---and by row 28 I was certain that I wasn't loving this yarn, this color, for this project. (and I don't even know what it's supposed to look like---it's a mystery, remember?) The one thing I've learned over the years....if I don't like the look at row 20, I'm most likely not going to like it at row 120. (Guess how I came to THAT startling conclusion??? hee hee )
I rummaged in the stash...found some madeline tosh merino light from another project...weighed it, crossed my fingers that there will be enough, and cast on again. I can't wait any longer to start. (There are 2,418 people who have already cast on....I'm way behind!!!)
This yarn is lighter and is going to drape a bit better. I think I had a spring-ier looking shawl in mind. Had I cast on in October or November, I would most likely have ended up with a green, woolier shawl. (I put away the snowmen decorations and got out the Valentine ones this afternoon....do you think that could have had something to do with it?)
On the outside chance this yarn doesn't work out, either...