Friday, July 13, 2007

Obsession

A while ago, I started seeing blog posts about something called Mystery Stole 3. Sounded interesting, but not my kind of thing. After all, it wasn't recommended for beginning lace knitter, and I've only knit one simple shawl. And there are beads. Yes, optional beads, but if I was going to do it, I'd want to do it all the way. Optional is not in my vocabulary. But I knew I couldn't handle the beads.



Then one of my best friends signed up, and kept telling me how cool the whole thing was. Which was true, but I still knew it was not my thing. After all, I had so much on my "To Knit List" already - there certainly was no room for yet another project.



Then I started seeing beautiful Stoles-In-Progress all over blog land. And I started to grow weak. I mean, there is only so much willpower a girl can have. Last Thursday, I caved and signed up. The minute my acceptance was e-mailed to me, I was out the door to buy some beads.



What a lovely obsession this project has been. I have barely touched another knit since casting on for this stole. When I sleep, I see lace and charts and beads in my dreams (and by the way, do not fear the bead. They are easy!!) My July Knit List (along with my homework and cleaning *ahem*) has been tossed aside as this little stole demands all of my time. She's also telling me that I need to invest in some blocking wires (or bicycle spokes - *grin*)



I've always admitted to being a slow knitter. When it comes to lace, I am painfully, excruciatingly slow. Today Clue 3 was released. I have 10 more rows of Clue 2 left, and then I can start on Clue 3 and hopefully be caught up be next Friday.

25 comments:

Annie said...

I just downloaded and finished color coding my clue 3 chart (so I can tell the k2tog from the sl1 k1 psso). I think it's pretty easy as long as you have a system sorted out to keep track of where you are. Yours looks lovely!

Katie said...

Karen!!! That is gorgeous! I too, would have been intimidated by it, having only done a basic shawl....but you are doing so well! Keep on truckin', girl! (Btw...I am now knitting....gasp....socks!) I am just about to turn my first heel....

Cathy said...

Oh Good for you!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I had the same reservations and didn't sign up! I can't wait to see it all finished, you are doing a beautiful job!

Sarah said...

WOW!!! Good for you!

: )

Zonda said...

Looks great! I love seeing everyone's. I have no desire to knit lace, so I live vicariously through others!

Go you! :)

Jennifer said...

It's looking beautiful! It's not how fast you knit, it's how much you enjoy knitting it. :-)

Sonya said...

Your are moving right along! I love that center motif. I love those projects that make you throw everything else aside.

jessica said...

Wow how pretty! Now I think I'm the only one not kniting it... I think I can live with that ;o) Great job so far!

Ragan said...

Ooooo...it is soooooo lovely! You are awesome. I am afraid of lace! I love how it is coming along, and cannot wait to see you modeling the finished work! Wow.

Kelly said...

Glad you decided to sign up it really is a fun pattern. I too was afraid of the beads but it really is easy and they look so pretty with the lace. Your stole looks great!

Dipsy said...

This seems to be the perfect obsession indeed - and it's coming along very beautifully!

The_Add_Knitter said...

So beautiful...I am doing my first lace project right now and am really slow as well!!

Heide said...

Oh, it looks lovely! I'm still on chart B of Clue 1! Because "quiet" knitting time is at a premium in my household I'm giving myself a large window to complete this stole in.

lynda said...

Look at you go!! You're doing a beautiful job!

Just finished the Saturday housework and I'm ready to sit down with my iPod and get to working on Clue 3!!

Olga said...

Lace knitting...so super addictive! I totally understand; I dropped the baby gifts I was making for my niece for a while to make progress on that lace tank from Vogue Knitting. Bad auntie!

MissyJoon said...

Okay----this is absulutely fabulous!!!! I am green with envy~~~~~xoxoxoxoxo

Kirsten said...

I love the looks of the MS3. You are doing a wonderful job.
Lace knitting is so addicting!

Katt said...

wow that looks gorgeous!

one day i might get brave enough to try something like that

Katt

Alisha said...

Looks great so far!! I am too slow to do something like that. Everyone would be done before me LOL

Krista said...

You are further along than I! I am only to row 35, but then again I started last night! This is my first time with beads and I really like it...I thought it would be much fiddlier. I should get some pics on my blog too but I am seriously embarrased by how far behind I am!

christine said...

It looks great - I, of course, missed the friggin deadline.

KnittingKat said...

How very intriguing... I sort of have passed by many a blog on the Mystery Stole, and now reading your blog, my curiosity is peaked :). Everybody else seems to write as if we all already know what it is... I love puzzles and mysteries, I'll have to go check it out!

Spincerely said...

Your mystery stole looks great! I think I may be the only knitter in the universe not knitting one!

~Kristie said...

It's looking beautiful and I'm so glad you joined in the fun!

Mandy said...

I've read the mystery stole is a very complicated lace pattern.

I think it's absolutely beautiful!! You are such an amazing knitter!!

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