I signed up for another mystery lace stole KAL.
And S-O-C is in German! (No, I don’t speak, read, write or understand German other than about 3 words - none of which are knitting-related.)
And if you’re wondering: no, I haven’t finished MS3. Actually, it’s still at the same spot as the last photo I posted on the blog. I still intend to finish it, but this is the call of the wild…. Something new. Pretty yarn. Pretty new yarn. Beads.
So I bought some yarn for the Secret of the Stole (starts tomorrow - sign up tonight if you want to join in). They suggested earth tones, richer colors, perhaps silver or gold. So I thought of colors I’d like, or colors I could make if it were a gift for someone else.
Aren’t these pretty? And they’re from KnitPicks, so they’re (relatively) cheap. There’s enough for 4 stoles there. Beginning to see my problem? The two on the left are actually different colors. Shadow in Sunset Heather is more red. The Alpaca Cloud Autumn Heather has more highlights but comes off as closer to a brown. Any of these would be fine for the Secret of the Stole. But there’s more coming…. and this stole calls for beads. I need to find some beads to go with these colors….
I thought I should get some laceweight that I could use to make one for my sister Jenny. Not so much with the earth tones. Nope, she’s a purple gal. Hasn’t started wearing the red to go with it (to be a Red Hat lady), but she’s always loved purple and has lots of clothes that have purple tones in them. So I thought I could use a purple-ish laceweight for the Secret of Chrysopolis (this one closes tonight too, so sign up now and join me). I’ve seen the first “clue” knitted and it looks lovely. It doesn’t require beads, although I’m sure you could add them if you like. That yarn isn’t even here yet.
Thinking I could get some Christmas gifts out of the way while having some mystery fun, I thought I’d had it all figured out. I had already asked Jenny if she would be likely to wear a shawl of some kind (I asked for a different reason, but the answer was positive), so I finally came out and asked my other sister Anne if she would also be likely to wear something like that. Again, a positive answer! With one hitch.
I had seen the Hanami stole quite some time ago. It’s created by the same designer of the MS3, Melanie Gibbons. I wasn’t quite so sure I liked the asymmetry. Then AJ wore hers one day and I love it! So, I offered Anne the option of the Hanami or the Secret of the Stole. (The Hanami story has to do with the cherry trees donated to Washington DC, so I thought it might be special for Anne, although pink is definitely not a color for her.) So, Anne thought she’d like the Hanami. Hmmmm. More yarn.
Jaegger Zephyr wool-silk, Curry color.
Jaegger Zephyr wool-silk, Chrome color.
We were trying to get a “gold” color - sort of wedding ring gold. The Chrome, according to my sample card, looked very yellow. I suggested the Curry. Now that I see the Curry with the darker beads, it seems to pull more brown in to the yarn. So on impulse, I tried the silver-lined yellow/gold beads with the Curry:
So the picture isn’t the greatest, but the gold beads blended in with the Curry yarn!
I will take all my skeins to the bead shop on Saturday and see what I can find, but so far I like this combination. The beads shown are size 6 though, so I’ll need to get something similar in a size 8.
The bottom line? Not only do I have no self-discipline, I have no sense of realistic time commitments. Two lace stoles, finish C’s sweater, a sweater for DH, several socks needing mates, many years of accumulated UFO’s and a long queue of “must do” patterns. No, Mary and Jean, we will not mention the Eunny mittens either. So if this is a disease, is there a cure and do I want it?