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May 26, 2008

From Susan — Mystical Progress

Filed under: Mystic Waters Shawl — lv2knit @ 12:15 am

Happy Memorial Day weekend to all of you.  Are many of you having “stay-cations” this summer??  Stay-cations are those taken close to home to avoid rising gas prices.  All my vacations are stay-cations…

Anyway, part of my weekend plans involve knitting — shocking, I know ;).  I’ve been puttering along on the Mystic Waters Shawl and still really enjoying it.  The chart has grown to 4 pages wide already (landscape, no less!), so I now have it folded in half. There are no repeats to the chart, so I marked off 10-stitch intervals to help keep track of where I am.  The sts tend to line up clearly at various points, so that helps, too.

I’m in the 180’s — er– make that the 200’s out of 367 — 50% done with the rows so ~30% (?) done with the shawl.  I am on Chart D out of Charts A through I.  Shawls are a lot of knitting, n’est-ce pas?

Click here for a close up.  The color is greener than the pictures, but still very pale.

PS: We had some terrible weather come through today, and a tornado touched down within a few miles of here.  Further to the northeast a town was flattened. 



  1. Hi Susan,
    we have stay-cations for few years and one can enjoy it too (although sometimes one needs
    to change place, just to become new ideas). Here in Europe the distances are not too long so
    a trip in another city or surrounding area can also help.

    Your shawl looks great, I love also the colour!

    best regards!

    Comment by joanna — May 26, 2008 @ 2:36 am

  2. It looks great!

    Comment by surly — May 26, 2008 @ 8:50 am

  3. This is the trouble with triangle shawls, they tend to drag after a while and the process doesn’t show as much anymore. Just don’t run out of steam, but I think the pattern will keep you going.

    Comment by Angelika — May 26, 2008 @ 9:29 am

  4. I’m up to row 249 and still enjoying it. My basic sections are every 13 stitches, now with the repeat 5x 18 stitch middle section. I’m seeing light at the end of the tunnel, and hope to finish next weekend (I’m famous for underestimating). We’re in this together. Forward ho!

    Comment by Katie K — May 26, 2008 @ 10:47 am

  5. It’s so sad what happened in Hugo.

    Your shawl is looking great! My latest shawl is about to become a shawlette.

    Comment by Kerry — May 26, 2008 @ 6:57 pm

  6. I just returned from a 9-day Minne-cation, as in a visit to family in Mpls. and northern Minnesota. For this living-in-Texas-for-most-of-my-life-but-native-Minnesotan, I froze while up there! Temps. were in the 40s and 50s the whole time. Sounds like I left Minnesota just in time to avoid the bad weather. I did get to visit the Linden Hills Yarn Shop, and felt like I had walked into a knitter’s dream! I only had 15 minutes (while family were waiting in the car) to browse, select, and purchase yarn. I could have stayed in that shop all day to browse. But rest assured, I supported the Minnesota economy well (including yarn purchases) during the 9-day trip!

    Your shawl looks beautiful, Susan; keep on clicking those needles!

    Mary G.

    Comment by Katie's Granny — May 26, 2008 @ 9:36 pm

  7. Lovely!

    My vacations are all stay-cations, too. This weekend was taken up with 4H activities. I was so exhausted that I took a 3 hour nap today! Unusual for me.


    Comment by Romi — May 26, 2008 @ 10:43 pm

  8. First of all, stay safe. Secondly, isn’t Mystic Waters a fun knit? I’ve just finished Chart E (this is the third go-around with this thing) and doing life lines for the first time ever. It’s a great help.
    I love your stitch definition in your knitting – Your pattern shows so beautifully!

    Stay-cations are wonderful and have other benefits – no major packing and unpacking (and laundry). No sorting through 18 lbs of mail when you come back – even though 17.6 lbs are junk mail. There are sure to be others that will be thought up by others.

    Comment by Gail R — May 26, 2008 @ 10:58 pm

  9. Lace and I don’t get along, but I love looking at yours. Didn’t you just get back from NYC???? Was that a stay-cation? Nah. You get out. LOL If only to find more yarn.

    I noticed the increases in airfare lately–it’s still much more economical to drive to my vacation destinations than fly. I’m not going to stop vacationing or buying yarn and knitting notions. Maybe I’ll give up eating. That’s it. I’ll eat only once a week now.

    Comment by rudee — May 27, 2008 @ 9:50 pm

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