Ten on Tuesday: Everyday Things
Catching up...

Knitting a mystery

Well, this day got away from me! I am looking forward to a less hectic period and a couple of weeks (even one would do) of a more normal schedule. It would be nice not to have to think too hard about what day it is.

The first time I tried a mystery shawl, it didn't turn out very well and I never finished. I'm glad I didn't give up on them altogether, because: Take 2 = Success!

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It's my first-ever project with lace weight yarn. It wasn't a terriby fussy or difficult pattern. Once I got the hang of things, I was even able to knit it while tending the farmer market booth -- putting it down and jumping up, as needed, to mix drinks or talk about knitting and yarn and easily picking up where I left off.

I'd purchased the yarn ages ago and dyed it a while back. It ended up being my signature magenta color -- the default color that everything ends up being around here, it seems, when I don't have a clear direction in mind. The second time in the dye pot was successful, yielding a slightly warmer, deeper, richer red.

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I am quite happy!

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I had word this afternoon that Annie & her family have arrived in Rio de Janeiro. This was the scene at O'Hare yesterday. I thought it would be a miracle if all 20 checked bags arrived at the same time and location that they did.




ooh, a very pretty shawl!
That much luggage looks serious. I wish them well.


It turned out purrrty. I just love that color! (BTW: I get to admire your dyeing skills every Tuesday when I see Margene wear her Color Affections.)

So glad they all arrived safe & sound. Keep us updated!


woohoo, lovely lace!


The shawl is gorgeous, and YAY that they and their bags all arrived safely.


It's always a relief to hear everyone, and all their gear, has arrived safely in Rio. The shawl is so elegant, rich in color and has a lovely drape. Nicely done!
It's been fun to meet wollgut and spend time knitting with her.


Your shawl is gorgeous Vicki! It inspires me to continue on mine.


The shawl is beautiful - the design is lovely and the yarn is a gorgeous shade - well done. I'm glad the travelers and their baggage and all together.


Almost as wonderful as the shawl and the color is the fact that you somehow photographed a red object perfectly. We all know how difficult -- nay, impossible! -- that is. Beautiful work all around.


That is one gorgeous shawl! The color is terrific!


Most beautiful. I love those interlocking leaves and the color is so very rich and lovely. Great work all around.

And it is good to know all arrived peacefully to Rio. Good luck to them and hope you will manage a visit soon!

Cheryl S.

It's lovely! But of course, it would be hard to go wrong with a Kirsten Kapur pattern.

Linda P

The shawl is amazing! Is it staying with you? Happy to read that your sister, her family and their belongings arrived at the same time. Whew!


The shawl is beautiful - the color is wonderful.

(Not that) Joan

Lovely shawl, lovely haircut!

Robin F.

Love your shawl- did you hand dye the yarn? The color is fabulous! Good the hear that the family arrived in Rio. one day closer to coming home again.

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