Throughout September and October, Helen of Curious Handmade ran a mystery knit-a-long on Ravelry. I love Helen's shawl patterns so I didn't hesitate to join the MKAL. I had previously bought these sumptuous hanks of yarn from Skein Queen with the intention of using them together for a shawl.
I called this project my Faded Roses Shawl as the colours matched the roses in my garden.
Clue one was released on 10th September and I cast on straight away. As I was using smaller needles I knitted 8 extra rows.
Clue 2 and I added a colour change for the first 2 and last 2 rows.
Clue 3 and I changed to the brown yarn.
Clue 4 and I changed the first 2 rows and knitted extra rows at the end. All the details of my modifications are on my project page.
When my shawl had dried completely, I took it with us on a day trip to Avebury Manor, which is a National Trust property with a difference. Here you are actively encouraged to come and play in the house and to handle the exhibits. I decided to stage a photo shoot around the house with my shawl. Luckily there weren't too many visitors and I could do this without an audience! :)
Those are not my bloomers in the background! ;)
I think the Shetland lace pattern blocked out nicely.
My favourite photos are the ones on the railings.
This shawl is so soft!
For me a shawl pattern designed by Helen and some yarn hand-dyed by Debbie will always be a winning combination.