Over the weekend I finished Through the Loops Mystery Shawl, from cast on to epic bind off it took me 52 days. Over the course of 5 weeks, a portion of the pattern was released in a clue a week.
This is my fourth summer for participating in Kirsten’s summer mystery shawl and each year I am absolutely amazed at the pattern that unfolds. This year’s shawl was no different – I truly loved the pattern this year. Thistle Brambles is indeed a fitting name – the Thistle patterning is striking. It was my first time knitting with Jill Draper’s yarns and I really loved Esopus. Her color sense is excellent and the dyeing is done expertly. There was not even a hint of color in the water after I soaked the shawl in preparation for blocking.
I am listening to The Book Thief and I am about half way though. I am really enjoying it. When it is completed, I will have my first Bingo of the summer! After that, I am hoping they will be falling into place fairly quickly. We shall see…
And, new knitting? Well, I got out my basket and I pulled out Tales from the Isle of Purbeck to try to figure out where I was, and what I found was a bunch of mistakes! So, I ripped back…all.the.way. Thankfully, the second time was the charm, because it has been smooth sailing. For right now, I am avoiding the Jen Lucas shawl because I wanted to knit something with a slightly larger gauge, in hopes that would help me finish sooner! Or at it might feel like it is going faster! I am just starting on the second of four charts, so hopefully I will be half way done soon. I am pondering doing an extra repeat of a chart, but see how much yarn I have left when I have completed chart 4. I am using Elsawool and I am so happy with it! Soft, lofty, and the color is so rich!
Joining Ginny in her Yarn Along today.
What’s on your needles today?
Beautiful finish on Thistle Brambles! Love the colors you picked. So glad you are working on Purbeck – can’t wait to see your finish. I just started Mick Jagged the other night and am enjoying that one (with Miss Babs Yummy).
That shawl has turned out beautiful and the colour choice is perfect.
It looks great!
I love The Book Thief, and I’m glad you’re enjoying it. (Interestingly, it was one of those books that I started once, could not get into, but recognized it was my headspace, rather than the book itself that was the problem. Six months later, and I sped through it. Amazing what a difference time can make sometimes.)
gorgeous!!!! swoon 🙂 I love how your shawl turned out and I have read the book thief twice, love love love that book.
So stunning! The colors look fantastic together. Beautiful work, Kat! I have enjoyed all of Kirsten’s Mystery Shawl’s, too.
Excellent FO!!! That lace looks so intricate!
Just beautiful! Kirsten’s shawls are may favorites; each one is more tempting than the last!
Such a gorgeous project!!! The colors and lace are just amazing for this summer knit!
Oh, Kat. It’s stunning! Well done! Do you love The Book Thief? It’s one of my most favorite books ever.
That is an amazing shawl!
Your shawl is so lovely! The colors are just wonderful together. I loved The Book Thief! Enjoy!
Your shawl is absolutely gorgeous! I love the colour choice and how delicate it is!
Wow, that is a lovely shawl! It’s going in my queue now…
In trying to catch up with reading blogs, I made sure this was my first stop. What a lovely, wonderful shawl! I love the pattern and the colors you chose, and am wishing for cooler weather soon so you can wear this beautiful shawl!
Oh, it’s just beautiful!! I love how big it is. Kirsten’s mystery shawls have been some of my favorite knits. I have finally made it to the bind-off row and am struggling a bit with the tension… it seemed sort of tight so I went up a couple of needle sizes… still not sure, it seems to want to curl. Am I worrying about a non-issue??