Sunday, October 15, 2017

Apparition: Clue 2

This time the purl patterned bits are much less visible in the photo, and still not great in real life. The pattern is transitioning to a beaded lace, so I'm going to keep going.

Hopefully it stays like that for the rest, I do enjoy how these beads look on the yarn!

Friday, October 13, 2017

Apparition: Clue 1

Unsurprisingly, the designer was right and this might not be the best yarn for this shawl.

There are little areas of purl stitches scattered in this clue and they aren't all that visible looking straight on. They are somewhat visible at an angle. I'll give it at least one more clue before I decide whether this was a good idea or if I'm going to hold off on knitting this one until I have a more appropriate yarn.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

More -alongs? More -alongs!

I happened across a Boo Knits Halloween Mystery Knit A Long and, unsurprisingly, jumped right in! I had some yarn that might not show the pattern as well as intended, but it's what I had on hand and unmatched to any other project. I did have to get more beads as it calls for about 800 beads, but beads aren't (yet) a problematic part of my stash, so I'm not complaining!

This shawl may be doomed. First, I tried to go to a local bead shop, but they had no reasonable beads. The ones I did order, the lovely purple ones, are actually partially on back order. I'll get the other half in about a week or so. Also, I found when I was setting up this picture, the dye lots are not the same. The skeins are actually a bit light too, only 21 and 23 grams versus the expected 25, and 50 grams was a little on the light side to begin with. I'm hoping that the yarn both shows the texture well enough and lasts enough so I only need to use the white I have for the last row or two and bindoff. It should have the ethereal quality that the pattern says it's going for, but it might obscure the textured portions. I'm hoping it's a bit of texture and a bunch of beads and lace. Fingers crossed!

Monday, October 9, 2017

Lilliana: Clue 2

Another fairly quick clue down! Only ten? nine? more to go!

It's already getting huge. I am now worried that the final size will be larger than intended!

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Lilliana: Clue 1

The first clue for Lilliana (Ravelry) was released on 9/29, and I believe there will be a clue every Friday thereafter for 11 weeks. The site doesn't seem to be too clear on the timeline. I finished the first clue quite quickly, though I'm sure the later clues will take much more time!

I love the flower in the center. It's just so happy so far!

There's still a long way to go, but it's a good start!

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Me too, me too!

I am a joiner. As if you didn't already know. I have a knitting blog, like most of the other knitters did a few years ago. Many have moved on to Instagram or podcasts, but I like written blog posts.

I also join -alongs all. the. time. I may not always keep up or finish in a reasonable amount of time (she types while glancing at the unfinished Secret of the Stole that could be in elementary school it's been a UFO for so long...), but I do like to join and often finish what I start.

This time, I didn't choose to join the Alonging, I have some friends getting married and I thought that a mandala-style blanket would be appropriate for their wedding gift. My husband was the one who chose the pattern that didn't even come out for about a month after we chose it, is a crochet-along (though not a mystery), and won't actually be finished until about a month after the wedding. They're having a destination wedding followed by a most excellent honeymoon so I'm not that fussed by the timing. It's also the reason for September's massive yarn increase, over three miles of yarn is in that box!

It will be absolutely glorious, even though you can't quite tell from my poorly-lit, slightly blurry picture of the palette. It's a more vibrant version of the original Lilliana (Ravelry) colorway, using heavier yarn so that it makes a larger beadspread-sized blanket rather than the throw that the original pattern calls for.

I hope they love it. I think I'm gonna love working on it!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Steotchalong 2017: Clue #6

Still stitching along!

I've got a custom ending I charted out that will be perfect for my home. What do we serve? Stay tuned to find out!