Tuesday, August 28, 2007

You may have noticed that there has been a lack of posting about the Mystery Stole 3, lately. In fact, my stole came to a screeching halt after Clue 4, when the issue of symmetrical vs. non-symmetrical came into play. Turns out that the stole is highly non-symmetrical: the theme is "Swan Lake," and the second end of the stole is a "swan wing." There's a picture of the finished article here on Flickr. I really like the patterned end, and I really like the wing end, but I really don't like them together. To me, the transition between the two areas is just to abrupt, though it looks somewhat better when it's draped around a person.

So, what to do? I decided to make a symmetrical stole with just the patterned end, since I already had one done. On Saturday, I started knitting the second half of my stole. I knit Clue 1 on Saturday night, Clue 2 on Sunday night, and Clue 3 last night.

I figure Clue 4 will take two days since it's the long clue, and then a day to frog the first half back to the proper point and do the knitted-on central lace panel that will join the two halves together (or possibly just a graft; I'll have to make that decision when I get both halves done).

I may possibly have this finished before we leave Friday Harbor, ready to block when we get back to La Grande.


Laritza said...

I totally agree with you. I like both ends but not together. I did not cast on at all! I figured I would wait and see how it came out. I am glad I did. I would have hated it and probably ripped. Your solution is a clever one, although isn't it too narrow and doesn't it turn it more into a scarf than a stole? From taking "out" the extra width that the wing gave it? I don't know, just thinking here.

Caroline M said...

I've seen photos of it modelled and it looks better draped than flat. I learned my lesson in quilting and after a few mysteries where my end product would have been improved had I seen the finished item I don't do mystery "anything" now.

jackie said...

Yup. I like both ends, but not together. I think that you have a good solution.