Art translates into many languages. I hope to speak them all.
My choice of color has nothing to do with the Mohave desert, aeolian erosion, curving organic sculpture from desert rock…or alike. I simply long to put these beautiful ocean blue waves to use–-a project to show it off with matching beads…to finish in time to welcome Spring. I am going after a full shawl version and cast on this evening, beads and all. It adds a classy designer’s touch to the wear.
Material: Royale Classic Crochet Thread, 100% Mercerized Cotton, Size 10 Grosseur Tamanos, Ocean Color (0995)
Needles: US 5
Beads: Assorted sizes, 2000+ Sea Breeze (blue, green, and purple) glass in 6/0 & 10/0 weight by Blue Moon and 4MM bicone Crystallized Swarovski Elements by Jolee’s
Progress: 16-row Set Up Chart and 1 repeat of 8-row Yucca Chart completed. The piece measures 12”x6”. Not sure if I will repeat 12 times of Yucca chart at this time.
I like what I am seeing so far.
AUGHGHGHGGH! How do I place beads, you ask? Check out a step-by-step tutorial on slip-knit beading method using bead wire or collapsible eye needle tomorrow. I love the smooth, silky feel of cotton passing through my fingers.
In other knitting progress, Sweet Kerry is hosting another mystery (Ravelry member access only.) This time is a hat. Most of us from the last Manos Silk Wrap Mystery has a bundle of fiber leftover. The hat is a perfect stashbuster utilizing 4 different colors. Clue 1 came out yesterday. Gauge is apparently important. I need to get 5 stitches and 7 rows per inch in stockinette stitch. One knitter said she up sized to US 7 instead of suggested US 5. I got the same gauge in US7. (SH…please don’t tell anyone I did a swatch!!!) But when I knitted up to Row 3 of Clue 1, my width measured 5.5 to 6”??? Rip Rip…restarted in Size 5 and it was a tad snug. Once blocked, I got 5”x3.5” rectangles perfectly per pattern. The cabled texture is fabulous. I see it in a EZ ribwarmer. My teen wants it in her next knitting project after Buttony. Now, I am patiently awaiting next clue (but I’ll be on the road to the valley for spring break!)…Mystery and I have a love/hate relationship. Suspense kills me.