Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Let The Fun Begin

I signed up for Stephen West's mystery knitalong to make the Craving Color shawl.  The first clue was published last Friday.  I decided to go with Mardi Gras/New Orleans colors because they make me smile.  I picked out two shades of green but neither one was exactly the right one to my eye.  The yellow and purple are bright.  One of the greens was too spring-like and the one, below, is too dark.  I think it needs to be more emerald in color, more vibrant.

For the first clue you only use two of your colors and I decided to see if I liked the green any better once I started knitting.  I decided to use the green and purple to start but I wasn't happy with the results, although, in looking at this picture it doesn't look that bad.  It's just not what I was looking for.  RIP, RIP, RIP.

For my next version I knitted with the purple and yellow and the plan is to look for a better green for the third color.  Now, I have to decide if I like this version.  So far, I do.

It actually looks a little better than it does in this picture.  I'm liking the colors and with the right green, I think it'll be just what I'm looking for.  I'm s little past the halfway point of Clue #1, to the end of row 45.  Since switching to two long circular needles the knitting it much easier, especially when it comes to working around the arc at the top.  I've also added stitch markers after every group of 20 stitches to cut down on the counting on every row.  I don't know if I'll be finished by the time the second clue is published, but I'll be close enough so that I won't feel like I'm falling behind.

Now, the burning question is:  What the hell is this thing?  It's not like any knitting I've ever done before.  At this point, it's bizarre!  I'm looking forward to Clue #2.

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