Works in Progress

I’m merrily switching between my two current projects this month. ๐Ÿ™‚

The Oshara Shawl MKAL

Week 3 of the MKAL is here, and like I predicted, I’m still on Week 2. ๐Ÿ™‚ I felt that there was quite some variance in the knitting amount each week. I finished Week 1 in a day since it was just short rows in garter stitch, and have spent a few evenings so far on Week 2 since it involves colorwork and lace. Week 3, again, looks smaller than Week 2 chart-wise, but maybe they’re comparable stitch-count-wise.

Oshara Shawl MKAL progress | Anita

The charts haven’t been difficult so far, and I’m hoping they remain that way for the remainder of the project. I don’t totally get how it’s shaping up, though. This week, Susanna (the designer) mentions that she uses a top-down construction method for this shawl, and that, I think, removed some of the confusion I had, but it’s still a little bit of a mystery. ๐Ÿ™‚

I can definitely see that the yarn I’m using is thinner than the one featured on the project page – it was the closest replacement I could find – but I like the loose knit that it creates.

The one thing that I absolutely love in this shawl so far is the play of colors! My next section is a bright yellow, though, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it’ll gel well with the rest of the team. ๐Ÿ˜‰

The Linen and Threads Mystery Sampler SAL

Theย current section of this mystery SAL is a giant one that spans two months. It might look like I’ve made very little progress on the project so far, but I actually did a lot of work. It’s just that it was on designing and not on the stitching.

L&T SAL - Jun/Jul progress | Anita

This section has a lion and a unicorn among vines/plants, holding up some kind of coat of arms with our initials and the current year. The instructions also come with a helpful section that shows charts for every alphabet and digit, so we should be able to easily stitch whatever we choose to feature on the coat of arms.

I appreciate all the effort the creators of the SAL have put in for the section, buuuut I didn’t really subscribe to the coat of arms concept, even after I gave it a few days. So I tried replacing the entire coat of arms with another vine/plant, using bits and pieces from the vines that I’m stitching now. I had to move around the other pieces a little too, and I’m happy with the changes, in spite of a small curve in the new vine that I still think is a bit wonky. ๐Ÿ˜‰

So now I’m finally stitching! I’m still not completely sure of the colors I’ll use for the animals, but that’s a bridge I’ll cross when I get there. I’ve done enough designing on this project for one month. ๐Ÿ˜›

That’s it for this time, folks! Hope you’re enjoying your projects at least as much as I’m enjoying mine!

14 thoughts on “Works in Progress

  1. Your shawl is coming along nicely. I love the colors. The coral color is awesome with the brown. I can’t wait to see more of it. I signed up to do a MAL shawl at my LNS and can’t wait to get going on my first shawl. It starts next week. So excited. I hope to cast on my stitches this weekend. I can’t wait to see how you have re-designed the current section of the Sampler. I love your colors and I am looking forward to seeing how you stitch the lion and the unicorn. I am currently stitching on mine and just about finished the Coat of Arms. I am hoping to do write a post on my blog today ;). Enjoy all of your stitchings. They are looking great! Have a wonderful weekend, hopefully filled with lots of crafty time ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Thank you, Ginny! I totally love the shawl colors so far. The sampler colors are a recurring problem (decision-wise) though, hehe…
      I can’t believe how fast you’ve caught up on the sampler! I’m looking forward to seeing your updates on that, and the shawl as well. I’m sure working on the shawl will be extra fun since it feels more ‘live’ than the online ones. ๐Ÿ™‚


  2. Both projects are stunning!
    I’d probably change the coat of arms idea too, it’s just… not my style. I’m not a fan of such things, as well as embroidered motivational quotes, so I’m eager to see your own design here ๐Ÿ™‚
    The shawl looks awesome too, and the colours so far work together really well! keep us posted!

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    1. Thank you, Kat! Fingers crossed the changes in both projects work out. ๐Ÿ™‚
      Motivational quotes fall right into my ‘not really interested’ bucket too, even simple ones like ‘peace’, ‘love’ and such in mixed media projects. (My sis and I were just talking about these ‘frills’ in mixed media ones this evening. ๐Ÿ™‚ )

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      1. Oh yes… and I just don’t get the appeal of having this kind of stuff hanged on the wall. Some of them really make me cringe. But to each their own, many people seem to like them which is fine too!๐Ÿ™‚

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        1. Yeah, exactly. I’m fine with people liking such items, as long as people are fine with me not liking / making / hanging those in my home. ๐Ÿ˜‰


    1. Neither can I! Right now, I’m just enjoying the knitting, and trying to tame the imagination overload that comes with mystery projects. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    1. This one is counted cross stitch. Linen and Threads have also put up the sampler pattern from last year on their website, if you’re interested. ๐Ÿ™‚

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