Wednesday, June 18, 2008

I Love a Good Mystery

Franklin over at The Panopticon has something very important to remind us of, if you care to read it.

I have been despairing a bit about what to blog about for a couple of days. I've been quilting merrily away, beginning to see the end in sight for this one, which would make me sad, except that my mind is racing for the next one I plan to make (and the next, and the next.) But the quilt images (while beautiful) get a bit dull day after day for you, my loyal reader, n'est pas?

So you can well imagine my relief to find the Anniversary Mystery Shawl from Goddess Knits, while poking around Ravelry last night. By this morning, I had signed up -- signup is still open until June 30th, if you want to try it yourself -- and by this afternoon, I had finished a gauge swatch and knitted up the first clue.

If you aren't familiar with the concept of a Mystery Shawl, the basic idea is that each week, the designer releases a Clue, which contains a part of the pattern. You knit up that part and then wait for the next week's Clue, to see what will come next.
Until you finish, you really don't know what you're going to end up with. I did one of these last summer, and it turned out beautifully. I gave it away at the time, so I don't have a photo -- sorry. This one has another little twist -- the first clue gives you four options for a lace pattern to knit, and you get to choose which one you want. If this keeps up, it will be a sort of Choose Your Own Adventure shawl, with many different permutations of patterns to give endless possibilities. Stay tuned...

1 comment:

Brandi Beckett said...

yay! what a lovely little square you have. I like the colour you chose a lot, a nice respberry.


p.s. I think you're very creative and you do a lot of knitting for charity and gifts which is engaging in the world in your own way. Even if you weren't, you're doing your small part to help and that's all anyone can ask for. You're not a consumerist jerk, you're an awesome chick.