But every now and then there is a pattern that I see, that I can't seem to resist. It doesn't even make it to my queue but gets cast on right away despite the fact that I am currently knitting enough to keep a full-time working girl busy.
The latest pattern that fits this category is Kristin Kapur's Through the Loops Mystery Shawl 2015, a KAL which began in the beginning of June. I completed Kirstin Kapur's Knit a Long last year and absolutely loved it. The beauty of a Mystery Knit a Long is you have no idea what the finished pattern is going to look like when you start. If I had seen what the finished product looked liked last year I would have shied away from knitting it, because I would have thought it was too hard for me. But I managed to finish each clue successfully and was so happy when I realized I had knit my first lace shawl:
|Algiers in Black Trillium Fibre Studio Pebble Sock|
I will admit that initially when I read that this year's pattern was a two-coloured half-pi shawl I lost interest as I am not a fan of that shawl shape. But then I quickly changed my mind when I saw what the shawl looked like after Clue 1 and Clue 2 were released. I knew I had to jump in. I had some perfect stashbusting yarn to use, no money need be spent. It was a no brainer.
I tried to catch up on the released clues but that didn't work too well. I finished Clue 1 and then I hate to admit it but I reknitted Clue 2 three times and had to rip it out each time. I don't think that the pattern is too hard for me, it just requires a higher level of concentration which I seemed to be lacking this month, due to my busy work obligations. So I made myself step away from this pattern until my holidays began which they do now. I hate being so far behind but I have resisted looking at the Spoiler Thread to see what the rest of the Clues knit up like. I can still be surprised. Hopefully now I can concentrate fully on this gorgeous pattern.
Ahhhh, first world problems.
This is what the pattern looks like after Clue 1:
|Tanis Fiber Arts Blue Label: Thrills colourway|
In the meantime I focused on knitting my Acer Cardigan as it was more of a relaxing knit. I am happy to say that the body is done and all that is left is the sleeves and the buttonband and neckband. Here is the latest picture I took:
I can't give you a more recent shot as it has been raining nonstop all weekend. Good knitting weather, but not good for taking pictures.
I hope you are all finding time to relax this weekend. And if you looked at the Spoiler Thread for my shawl don't tell me!