And the Ambah Mystery is underway!
Mystery knits are always a crapshoot, but I enjoy them nonetheless. This time around I’m joining in on Ambah‘s Hale-Bopp Mystery Knit-a-Long, some kind of a shawl, I guess with a comet theme. As you may recall, I bought yarn, fell in dislike with the yarn, returned the yarn, and settled on this yarn:
The iron blue yarn is from Loop in London, and the rest of the yarn is from Loop in Philadelphia – fun, right? Anyway, I hope my London souvenir ends up being a part of something lovely.
The first clue was released last Thursday, Friday for those down under, like Ambah. The waiting, the waiting, the email that the clue is out, and then . . . drat! It’s Turkish cast on! Why can’t anything be easy? Every day I just find myself exhausted because nothing can just be easy. For instance, why did the Republicans have to shut down Elizabeth Warren? ELIZABETH WARREN. SHE WHO WILL NOT BE SHUT DOWN. Now, nothing is something, and anger just continues to seethe. KnittyD. who is also knitting along, asked me if I thought I would have a snow day tomorrow – we shut down when the city shuts down, and I was like, dang, this city needs it – it needs to shut down for a day, and shake itself off. I need some rest from this unrest. And I’m onboard with the unrested – but one down day would be nice.
Anyway, where was I – Turkish cast on. I had to watch a video, I had to cast on three times – once, because I ended up knitting in the round, once because I screwed up my markers and they were sliding up and down the long cord on my circular, and the third time was a charm:
As you can see, the Turkish cast on begins much like Magic Loop – the stitches are divided over two needles, created by forming wraps over the needles held together. Unlike Magic Loop, though, you turn the work instead of knitting around – so with Magic Loop, the working yarn is going to finish off on the bottom needle, you switch needles, knit from the bottom needle to the top, and keep going around. With the Turkish cast on, you turn the work around, so the working yarn is coming off the top needle, and you’re knitting in kind of like a “u”. That’s my U above. That probably didn’t make any sense, but I’m really proud of myself that I can actually talk my way through it.
And, yep, that’s a knit on icord edging – which I personally love – it makes everything look finished.
After the initial garter stitch beginning, it moves on to a slip stitch with the speckle, and then to a lace section:
I’m a little meh about it, because the speckle is just not made up of my colors. I love the grey, I love the blue, and then . . . the speckle. It says baby to me, but I don’t know, we’ll see. Onward! The next clue comes out tomorrow. The next clue is a 2 week clue, so it should be pretty significant. Hopefully, I’ll love it . . . fingers crossed.
On the reading front, I’m still reading Michael Chabon’s Moonglow. I just haven’t been reading that much. I think I was at 10 percent the last time I posted, and now I’m maybe at 25%. Again, onward!