Thursday, May 29, 2014

A(nother) Mystery KAL.

Has anyone else noticed the growing popularity of mystery KALs on Ravelry? A few of us are six weeks into Rowan's Mystery Afghan KAL, featuring their new Pure Wool Worsted (it's not too late to join, click here for all the details)...and a few of us are gearing up for this summer's hottest mystery shawl, hosted by Through the Loops and Kirsten Kapur .

Here's what Kirsten says about the design:
This year’s shawl will be a shallow triangle. I love this shape for its ease of wear. Since the point is not nearly as deep or pronounced as on a traditional triangle it can be tossed casually around the neck much like a scarf. With its triangular shape it still works well worn across the back as a shawl to show off the lovely patterning. For this design I recommend a solid, semi-solid, or gradient yarn. 
Her sample used 500 yards of fingering-weight yarn and she suggests a size 6 needle. She also says that complete swatching information will be available as part of the first clue that comes out on June 1. The remaining four clues will be released on the next four Sundays, hopefully by midnight Eastern time. If you stick to the schedule, you could be sporting a new summer shawl for the July 4th weekend! Please note that the pattern is available (on Ravelry or in-store) for half-price until June 1.

Kathy and I had fun yesterday picking out yarn. Here are a few of our suggestions.

First up, Fibre Company Meadow. This is a heavy lace-weight blend of merino, llama, silk and linen. One 545 yard skein should be enough (if you get gauge!). I used this yarn to knit Meadowsweet last summer (another Mystery KAL) and love the finished piece.
Meadow in Bergamot
Kathy and Sue have chosen Isager's Alpaca Merino 2, a fingering weight blend of ... alpaca and merino. You would need two skeins of a single color, but we think the gradient is stunning.
Alpaca Merino 2 in colorways 30, 4, 2 and 0 (top to bottom) 
 And last but not least, because we love how it looks knit up in lace, Quince&Co Sparrow. This is a fingering weight linen and comes in 168 yard skeins. Choose four of a single color...or a gradient.
Sparrow in colorways Sans, Little Fern, Citron and Fen (left to right)
I'd planned to use that skein of Meadow myself, but once I saw the Sparrow (and how pretty it looks knitted in lace), I changed my mind.
my choice - Sparrow in Paprika
Don't forget to join the Fans of Through the Loops group on Ravelry and introduce yourself on the mystery thread. The virtual community is a lot of fun for mystery KALs!