Tuesday, September 25, 2012

A Mystery Revealed

While up north at the cottage, I was able to finally finish my Stephen West Mystery shawl. I had kept up with the knit along until the final clue. When it arrived, I was busy with Olympic knitting. I did take a look at other finished shawls, and I caught a bit of the furor over the final clue. I split my remaining yarn into two balls for each side. Without the use of a scale I just tried my best to get even ones. I  bought more of the solid color, because I was concerned about running out of yarn.
The first side seemed to take quite a long time. I finished it earlier this month and set to work on the second. Knitting on it here and there, it quickly took shape. I think knowing how the pattern developed helped. I was also wondering when the lighter yarn would run out. I kept focusing on reaching 32 stitches, since that is where the first side striping ended. I quickly hit that mark and was able to do one more stripe. Not too bad for eye-balling the two yarn balls. The rest flew off my needles. I wove in the ends and it just need a blocking, but I do love it. I would not usually knit such a piece, and I am glad I did. I learned some new techniques (the german wrap and turn). I call it a success.


13 comments:

  1. wow it's so beautiful

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  2. Heather, the shawl is just beautiful!
    I have never done a mystery knit, but it
    does sound like a lot of fun.

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  3. Love the blue. have to say that every
    time I knit, it's a "mystery knit"

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  4. Wow! it's beautiful but looks like it was complicated to do. I love the colors

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  5. it turned out great! do you like it? i really love the blue. but i am becoming a fan of blue lately. :)

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  6. It looks beautiful and so large and cozy. You are such a brave knitter.

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  7. Thanks, everyone. I am very pleased with it. Just waiting for the right time to wear it.

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  8. Love it ! I just spent last Saturday with Stephan West, love his designs and you did a beautiful knit with his knit along. Congrats, enjoy your shawl !

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  9. Well done, its beautiful. Although I bought this pattern to KAL, I didn't love it, but your colour choices are making me rethink this, I really like your version!

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  10. Awesome! I finally finished mine last Tuesday (still need to post it). I think it is a great looking piece, but I am not too keen on knitting it again. :)

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  11. Wow, that's beautiful! Don't know why, but it makes me think of something an Egyptian princess would have worn!

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  12. Beautiful work! The colors you chose are spot on!

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  13. That turned out beautifully!

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