Here I am in the middle of Clue 4:
I found Melanie's explanation of the theme (Swan Lake) and how it led to her stitch pattern choices and color suggestions intriguing.
Bug and Moana were quite impressed with the cat paw pattern (inspired by the "pas de chat" step performed in the Dance of the Little Swans) in this part of the stole:
I can't wait to get to Clue 5 -- the wing! I'm totally up for asymmetry, and I think it sounds fun. For some reason, I like to leave in my old lifelines (red thread -- which you might notice in the photos). Hopefully I'll never have to rip back to any of them!
Bug's bed was magically transported onto the Mystery Stole while he napped.
He looked somewhat shocked to find himself there, but, fortunately, he was amenable to posing for a few pictures.
There's the well-behaved "aren't I cute" pose:
The "you can't stop me from continuing my nap" pose:
The slightly-crazed blurry paw pose:
...and the contemplative cat pose:
All in all, a successful shoot (boy, is my Mystery Stole covered in cat hair).
I mentioned a while back that I had won a prize from the wonderful Rosina of Noteworthy Knits. Not only did it include some lovely yarn, but a number of other goodies, as well. Just look at this haul!
The yarn is fabulously squishy ONline Linie 130 Champ superwash merino in a hot, bright pink color. Color coordinating pens and stationary, lemongrass scented aromatherapy body butter, and some tasty chocolate filled roll cookies (already gone, I'm afraid) round out the prize. Thanks so much, Rosina!
P.S. Many of you asked me what I was going to do with the lovely Damasco yarn I showed in my last post. I haven't decided yet, but I'm open to suggestions. I'm thinking something from Victorian Lace Today (maybe the "scarf with fir-cone lace border").