(Off topic: is it wrong that I'm already listening to Christmas music??)
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In the meantime, I forgot to share with everyone the finished product of my Westknits Mystery KAL - the Earth & Sky Shawl. Remember when I showed you this?
That is a picture of my madelintosh merino light (in cherry, tart, and blackcurrant), all wound and ready to begin Stephen West's first KAL, a shawl project that was a mystery to us, the knitters. Beginning August 1st, we received a clue each week for four weeks. I know mystery KALs are very popular right now, but believe it or not, this was the first time I had ever embarked on a project without having any idea what it would look like. After my first week, I had this:
I was very excited by this KAL, and since I absolutely adore merino light, I expected to LOVE the finished shawl.
(No pictures of Week 3 taken. Oops.)
But, I don't LOVE it. I kinda like it. Now that it's blocked, I like it more than when I was finishing the border. The 4th week's clue for the border kind of underwhelmed me. I can't describe why, but it's not my favorite FO. But that's all right.
I tend to wear this kind of triangle shawl/shawlette wrapped around my neck like a scarf, and the Large is a lot of fabric to wrap around. For the time being it looks lovely draped over the shop couch:
HOWEVER! I am not to be deterred! I decided to jump right back on that Mystery KAL horse and participate in the Knit Purl Hunter's Progressive Needles Knit Along, sponsored by Skacel. Here at the shop we are stocking the KAL yarns, and I hadn't planned on "knitting along", so to speak.
But when October's yarn arrived, HiKoo SimpliCity, I couldn't resist. Normally I am not a big fan of synthetic blends, and I don't really stock any in the shop. But this yarn feels great. I mean it. So, I grabbed my own three skeins (October's Shawlette, Triplicity, takes three skeins) and jumped in!
I dutifully completed my first clue this weekend, and I'll post a pic for everyone soon. It's not to late for you to jump in, if you want to learn great new techniques and win AMAZING prizes from Skacel! All you need to do is purchase the KAL yarns, take pictures of your progress, and enter on the Knit Purl Hunter's website to win. Prizes are given away weekly and monthly throughout the KAL, with a grand prize at the end!