The Holiday Mystery Gifts Yahoo Group is hosting both a knitalong and crochetalong mystery shawl. As I already have three knit shawls in various stages of completion, including this one:
I decided to make the crochet shawl. As each clue, or section, will have a variety of different stitch patterns to choose from, I decided to use different colours too–a dual sampler of stitches and plant-dyed wool yarn. The yarn is Mulespinner 2-ply, purchased last year from Birkeland Brothers in Vancouver, BC. I used a variety of plants as dyes, including tansy, queen anne’s lace, st. john’s wort, carrots, and cinnamon bark. Four of the dyes came from a purchased potpourri mix–instead of throwing it out, when the time came, I separated the ingredients and threw them into the dye pots. Simmering them over Christmas filled the house with a spicy aroma, while they released their colours! The only plant I could identify of these was the cinnamon bark, but the yarn turned various shades of beige and brown, as you will see.
Clues 1 and 2 have worked up quickly, but as the shawl grows, so will the amount of time spent on each row!
Now…on to Annikki while I wait for the next clue!