Monday, April 7, 2008

mystic light kal

i am in the middle of trying to get 3 new patterns knitted and written up, so what do i do?

i start my mystic light shawl! i was hoping that the shawl would be started at the center neck and then worked down so i could use some of this kauni yarn that i won from a contest ellen was having at her blog. it was meant for a skirt but i doubt that i would ever wear it so i decided that the yarn would be wonderful in a shawl. she was most generous and sent me 3 skeins of kauni in the colorway EC. most people are knitting with oranges and reds to depict "light". i am making this for my sil and she prefers more subtle colors so this color will be perfect.

i am calling my version...
"mystic lights in foggy san francisco"

here is a close-up of clue 1

i am almost done with clue 2

there was a knot just as i finished with the black section. the knot attached to light gray so there is a major color jog in the shawl. i don't know if the colors would have gradually changed back to the light gray or not. the yarn is scratchy and feels sticky (probably because it still has lanolin? but my hands aren't feeling any softer). there is vm (vegetable matter like straw?) in the yarn. i have been reading that the yarn softens up after washing and a vinegar rinse so i will definitely be doing that! it seems a little rough to wear next to your skin. but i do love the long color repeats in the shawl. there are several people using the rainbow kauni and the shawl is beautiful! i may have to go find some for another shawl.

the pattern is lovely. but i have been spending a lot of time tinking and frogging. i keep losing my yo's. i'm not sure why. maybe because of the yo's with double decreases.

...and yes, leslie, the apple cake is worth it. yummy, yummy, yummy! it's almost like an apple pie cake.

speaking of knit & purl mama aka robyn's nest, i designed the sock for her may sock club. she has them up for sale here. i guess i had better finish getting the pattern ready. it's written up but i have to make it look nice.


Knit & Purl Mama said...

I was just going to email you to tell you that the kits are now listed!!! I can't wait to see the pattern!

Your cake is HUGE!!! Looks delicious. Now I want to go out and buy apples LOL.

Bea said...

The shawl is just fabulous. I haven't started mine yet but I'm going to get to it soon!

Knitting Linguist said...

Good luck with those patterns! I love how the shawl is turning out; I found all the same things with my Kauni yarn when I knitted the sweater, but I do enjoy wearing it, so all's well that ends well, no?