I was delighted to get an email yesterday morning informing me that November’s Mystère et balle de laine would be wending itself my way this Friday… and was then promptly reminded that I never even wrote about October’s mystery yarn kit!
So here it is! (Or… was? I’m not sure on the tenses in this case.) The kit contained wonderful, squooshy merino from a yarn vendor whose stall I had actually spent quite a lot of time perusing at Twist! The yarn was hand-dyed in a sort of cloudy, bluey-whitey colourway, and was accompanied by four silver feather-shaped stitch markers (pretty), a link to this month’s pattern (a shawl/scarf), and of course, a Hallowe’en chocolate ball.
One of the items pictured above no longer exists. I’ll let you guess which.
I was super-excited about the pattern. Tonnes of garter stitch (because my primary knitting time these days is while catching some Netflix), a scarf which is just a little bigger than normal (I feel the pattern isn’t quite a shawl), and a fun-looking criss-cross edge to finish. Fun! The thing is, although I love the squashy feel of the yarn included in the kit… it’s not really a colour that I would wear for a scarf. The more I looked at it, the more I felt that I should keep it to knit something for Starfish (or another baby, assuming I ever get organized enough to knit for other people again).
So, I did the responsible thing, and made a substitution. I had a skein of very similar weight yarn (also 100% merino, also hand-dyed) that I’d picked up (some two years ago now, ahem) in a colourway I love. Honestly, this yarn is the bluey-purpley-ocean-coloured yarn of my dreams. Love it. It looked to be the right amount, so I wound it up and cast on!
Here’s my progress to date:
Isn’t it fun and sort-of moustached-shaped? How appropriate for a November project! Everytime I get discouraged about how slowly I’m knitting along on this, I remind myself I didn’t actually start it until November 1st. For a little over two weeks, I think I’m doing okay. Assuming I don’t run out of yarn, I’ve got another 3 repeats of the open criss-cross shape, though many of the comments on Ravelry state that folks cast off after 4 (in total). We’ll see what my skein allows.
Love, love, love the colour, love the yarn, love the pattern. Can not wait to wear this. I do feel selfish knitting for myself… but it’s a little like eating a really tasty bad-for-you dessert: I know that if I’m being selfish, I’m at least doing it for something really worth it!
And of course, as soon as it’s done, I have (more) mittens to knit for Starfish (who has already managed to unravel one of the ones I just finished), along with another hat and probably another cowl or two.
Winter is coming! Best break out the knitting.