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Mystery Shawl #3 setting up

February 2nd, 2006 (01:53 am)
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Okay... and the swatch pattern is now up for MS3... The pattern itself is looking simple enough (although I've already managed to screw it up...) ^^;


Last night, the female sibling gave me a ball each of Wendy's Peter Pan 2-ply and 3-ply yarns to play with. (Thankfully in different colours). I'm suspecting the 2-ply is essentially lace weight with 440m / 50g ball and have been playing with it the most. If I were really pushing things, it might be possible to do the project with 3 balls (just! I'd probably buy enough of this yarn if the lace yarns ordered don't arrive in time. Peter Pan's a 55/45 nylon/acrylic and is really nice and soft baby yarn. Me like muchly). :P

Playing with the 2-ply and 3-ply has been interesting and illustrated how little true tension control I have at the moment. -_-; At the same time, however, I got to play with a myriad of needles including Crystal Palace double points, Bryspun circulars, and Swallow casein needles. I'll probably try out the Denise circulars tomorrow. Of the needles, I really liked the Crystal Palace needles but was threatened with a very painful demise should I damage the needles. ^^; The Bryspun was an incredible pain to work with, and the casein needles are fine, just much too long for swatching with (picky picky...). ^^; Hopefully the Denise set will work well as I'd like to work with them if possible.

I taught myself how to read charts yesterday from MS2's swatch pattern and it seems fairly straight forward as long as I don't lose concentration. I sometimes forget where I am in a pattern if it repeats a lot. >_<; It's pretty sad really. ^^;

Unfortunately, as I mentioned I tried the newly posted MS3's swatch and, while I got through the first pattern repeat fine (@ 16 rows), I somehow managed to add stitches when repeating the pattern. I'll have to rip it out and maybe try again with the Denise needles and see how they are. I'm trying to work with US size 6 needles but they're pretty big; I might drop to size 5. >_<; I've asked the female sibling unit to swatch for me as well (hopefully tomorrow), so I'll have some idea what gauge I'm supposed to be aiming for. ^^;

As for the pattern... it looks like peacock feathers maybe? That's my primary impression. Maybe there's a leafy pattern similar as well, but it looks most like the eyes of the peacock's feathers to me. I'll take a quick peek at the different lace patterns. :P


Group info for the project for anyone interested in peeking (messages are public):
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/mysteryshawlalong3/

Finished shawl information:
Finished size: 51"x51"
Requirements: 4.5 oz Zephyr (1418yds)
Gauge: 4.5 stitches per inch, blocked, on needle size 6US

Clues will begin on Friday, February 17, 2006

BTW, they're offering 20% off the Zephyr if purchased through them for this project. Will try to re-swatch tomorrow and post photos whether it's presentable or not... ^^;

Comments

Posted by: Too cute for evil (ginny_t)
Posted at: February 2nd, 2006 11:31 am (UTC)
Momiji secret

Some suggestions:

Get a row counter - I used to try to just make ticky marks on a piece of paper, but now I'm firmly in the row counter camp.

If there are a lot of pattern repeats, put a marker every repeat or every second repeat, just until you get the hang of it. That way, if you screw up, you'll know before the end of the row.

Your sister has a frightening yarn & needle stash. I want it!

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: February 3rd, 2006 07:25 am (UTC)
kemono3

Hmm... come to think of it, I don't think I've used *any* method for keeping track of row yet in knitting. ^^; I'm pretty sure the pattern is charted so hopefully that'll keep me on track, otherwise I'll see about picking one up and trying it. ^_^ Stitch marker; those I suspect I'll be using heavily. ^^;

*laughs* Well, this yarn was purchased, but I keep expected her stash to spontaneously implode and form a black hole. ^^; The needles though; I'm pretty sure part of that's because she can't use metal needles as they make her hands ache.

BTW, apparently a photo for the finished shawl for #3 has been posted here:

http://bopeepswoolshop.easystorecreator.net/browse_dept_items.asp/categ_id/137/parent_ids/0/Name/Mystery_Shawl_Along_3

I'm not looking because I don't want to spoil the surprise, but I'm really curious how it'll go. ^__^

Posted by: beamspam mcmuppet (snapdragon76)
Posted at: February 2nd, 2006 04:30 pm (UTC)
Shikito -- first love (flamika)

Good luck with the shawl! My grandma's crocheted a few shawls in her time and they've been very lovely.

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: February 3rd, 2006 07:26 am (UTC)

Thanks! From the swatch... I suspect I'm going to need it... *doom* ^^;

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