--not a sprint.
After the catastrophe last Saturday and a couple of days cooling off period, Mystery Stole 3 Clue 1 made it back to the needles. We(meaning the stole and I) had a few teammates this time: 3 crochet needles(in the event of another crochet hook mishap), dental floss and sulky thread--both for lifelines.
I use Sulky thread, which is a kind of shiny metallic looking sewing thread, for my cross stitch projects because it comes out of the piece easily when you're done with it. So I thought it would be perfect for knitting lifelines--I was wrong. It's too light and spends more time getting in your way than actually being useful.
So the unwaxed dental floss came into play--it's a great weight and after you knit through the row it's threaded through(which is a b*tch in my opinion)it stays out of the way. I've decided it's in my best interest to put in a lifeline every 10 rows or so--we will not have a repeat of the clue 1 disaster. The lifeline rows slow me down WAY more than the beading does. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the beading--so much fun! I just want to start throwing beads into everything I knit.
I downloaded clue 2 this morning and I look forward to jumping into this clue this weekend. Of course all this MS3 stuff is putting a real crimp in my Harry Potter knitting. Hopefully I'll get the 2nd clue done quickly so I can do so mindless log cabin squares this week--like when I'm waiting in line for the midnight showing of OotP perhaps :)
Without further ado, here's clue 1 completed:
Yarn: Misti Alpaca--it's a sort of pewter gray?
Beads: 8/0 beads that are clear with mirror like centers--you can't really see them well in the pic but they're lovely.
Needles: #4 Addi Lace Needles**
**The Addi's have given me an injury. I carry my yarn in my left hand and my right ends up pushing the needle tip back after I knit a stitch. The points have stabbed the side of my finger enough to have broken through the skin! So I'll be wearing a band aid for the remainder of the clues. Whenever I knit lace I feel like I'm training for an Olympic sport--like finger gymnastics--my fingers are all over the place and if not done with precision something usually goes wrong. Like a dropped stitch, split yarn, or something worse(and I'm not going to tempt fate by trying to come up with the worst case scenario on this one).