mystery mess…

my first real lace project, wing-of-the-moth, knit up like a charm. sure, i dropped a yo here or there and i even slid my needle out of the stitches once or twice. but the mohair content in the yarn meant i never lost anything, never had to tink (or frog) back because i couldn’t figure out where i lost/gained that darned stitch.

mystery stole 3 on the other hand….

for some reason, i make more progress when i’m watching tv than when nothing else is going on. last night i had a dvd on and zoomed through 5 or 6 rows. today and yesterday at work i made about as much progress backwards as forwards…and worse yet, today as i leaned over to pick up a dropped stitch marker, i discovered that the left needle was no longer in my hand! which meant i had to pick up half a row of stitches. as this is alpaca, not mohair, i of course lost some stitches. fortunately, there weren’t too far back and i didn’t have to tink (this time). that was however, the last straw, and i’ve ordered a circular needle (vs. the straights i’ve been using). i think my problems are two-fold: 1) i think the straights fall out of the yarn easier. 2) i think the relative slipperiness of the alpaca (as compares to mohair) makes it easier to lose stitches. i can’t however, explain why i should have more difficulties without distractions than with – i don’t think i’m that good of a multi-tasker!

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regarding the overall progress of the stole: i’m still on clue 1 (row 87 to be precise.) clue 4 is out tomorrow. i somehow don’t think i’ll be finishing on pace with the clue release… it’s also looking like a bit of a mess. a little finger-blocking has me convinced that this is ok; the stole will look great post-blocking but will look ugly ’til then. i can live with that–it’s what makes lace knitting fun!

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it’s not socks!

i’m afraid i succumbed.

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rather easily, actually. i first saw something about mystery stole 3 in the flickr discussions for sos2007. and then didn’t think too much of it – i didn’t know anything about it beyond a name. but then, about a few days before the kal started, i saw something on a blog (whose identity i cannot recall; therefore i can’t assign blame) about ms3 – and the sign-ups were still open. in a moment of weakness i gave in. i’m completely blaming it on the fact that i didn’t have a lace project on the needles and was going through withdrawal. i didn’t have any laceweight, i didn’t have any beads, i had a whole summer of knitting projects planned…and then i found myself surreptitiously sneaking off to the lys. i bought 1 skein of suri elegance in the raku colorway. (although, i have to say the pic on the website looks much more brown than what i have which is decidedly blue/deep purple.)

my initial plan was to forget the beads. i wasn’t sure i liked the idea and that would just mean another purchase. so i cast on, several days after the kal began and made it to row 40, no problems. i was a +1 charts behind when clue 2 came out, no big deal, still plenty of time to catch up. except on saturday, i found myself waaaay too close to the local jo-ann etc. and the beads waaay to tempting. i ended up frogging the whole thing–a slight challenge in laceweight alpaca, but not insurmountable–and starting over with beads. the beads are a blue/purple/blue-green blend that goes well with the subtle variegations of the yarn. they might be a tad too big, but i think they’ll be ok.

as penance for my impulsiveness (and further explanation as to why i’ve only subsequently made it to row 44) i’ve returned to my cardigan.

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the back is still a bit wider than it should be (for reasons completely beyond me – the fronts were both perfectly sized.) but i’ve given up and decided that this is perfectly fine. finishing is now more important than width precision. width can disappear when the sweater is made up. it’s coming along fairly nicely – maybe i’ll get it done this summer after all!

it's not socks!

i’m afraid i succumbed.

DSCN0983

rather easily, actually. i first saw something about mystery stole 3 in the flickr discussions for sos2007. and then didn’t think too much of it – i didn’t know anything about it beyond a name. but then, about a few days before the kal started, i saw something on a blog (whose identity i cannot recall; therefore i can’t assign blame) about ms3 – and the sign-ups were still open. in a moment of weakness i gave in. i’m completely blaming it on the fact that i didn’t have a lace project on the needles and was going through withdrawal. i didn’t have any laceweight, i didn’t have any beads, i had a whole summer of knitting projects planned…and then i found myself surreptitiously sneaking off to the lys. i bought 1 skein of suri elegance in the raku colorway. (although, i have to say the pic on the website looks much more brown than what i have which is decidedly blue/deep purple.)

my initial plan was to forget the beads. i wasn’t sure i liked the idea and that would just mean another purchase. so i cast on, several days after the kal began and made it to row 40, no problems. i was a +1 charts behind when clue 2 came out, no big deal, still plenty of time to catch up. except on saturday, i found myself waaaay too close to the local jo-ann etc. and the beads waaay to tempting. i ended up frogging the whole thing–a slight challenge in laceweight alpaca, but not insurmountable–and starting over with beads. the beads are a blue/purple/blue-green blend that goes well with the subtle variegations of the yarn. they might be a tad too big, but i think they’ll be ok.

as penance for my impulsiveness (and further explanation as to why i’ve only subsequently made it to row 44) i’ve returned to my cardigan.

DSCN0978

the back is still a bit wider than it should be (for reasons completely beyond me – the fronts were both perfectly sized.) but i’ve given up and decided that this is perfectly fine. finishing is now more important than width precision. width can disappear when the sweater is made up. it’s coming along fairly nicely – maybe i’ll get it done this summer after all!