Back in June, my local SnB group sent out the Mystery Stole 3 (MS3) description and I immediately thought – how clever! But I didn’t join right away. I never really knitted lace before and though this might be a tough project to take on as a first time lace project (It stated on the front page of MS3 that you shouldn’t do this project as the first lace project!!!) But when I went to the group the following day, Archknist and Sunflowerfairy already joined and twisted my arm (not really, all they said were – you should do it!!!) and I joined that night.
After I joined, I was reading all the posts (there are many and good thing I have it as daily digest, otherwise my inbox would be exploded everyday I come home from work!) trying to figure out what yarn and what beads to use. I had Skacel Merino Lace in my stash, which I bought it to make MoonDance Stole for my wedding. I ordered the sample card from Colourmart because I heard many good things about their cashmere. But at the end, David convinced me to use my stash. Then onto the needles – I swatched with Crystal Palace Bamboo size 3 first. I brought the blocked swatch to SnB to show Archknist and Sunflowerfairy, and both of them said I could probably go down one size needle since the swatch was kinda holey.
So I ordered Knitpick Circulars in size 2 (2.75mm and 3mm) to try out, but knowing that I wouldn’t get them on time, I borrowed one from Anphoe, who also joined MS3. I swatched it on the drive up to the 1000 Islands. Not having my blocking foam, I had to improvise:
In the mean time, my final selection of beads and crochet hooks arrived:
There were many people in MS3 group saying don’t use the Swarovski Crystals because they are too sharp and will cut through the yarn. I personally don’t see how it’s going to happened so I went against what they said and ordered some anyways.
My final selection ended up to be the crystal. I just couldn’t resist the sparkles!!!!
I am finished with Chart A and currently knitting Chart B. Although Clue 2 (Chart C) already came out, but I just don’t have as much of time as others to knit all the time. I am going to try to catch up this weekend though since I don’t really like to be behind too much. Especially with Harry Potter coming next weekend, catching up will be tough!
Well, off I go to SnB… MS3 will be my project tonight!