Saturday, February 18, 2012

Kinetik Mystery KAL-- D.O.N.E!!!

 
Finished this Kinetik Mystery Knit Along Thursday night and managed to get it blocked yesterday!  Laura Nelkin is the designer.  I used Sweet Georgia Tough Love Sock yarn in Cypress with size 8 beads --2246 to be exact (I do notice a few little outliers that need to be massaged back into their places).


I learned two things for sure:  Sweet Georgia Tough Love is as tough as nails and lace-tip addis (my favorite brand of knitting needles -- it must stand for "addicting") are invaluable in a project like this!!


I'm  not sure I will ever do another project that you are required to string over 400 beads at a time (MULTIPLE times) onto the yarn and PUSH THEM ALONG as you work.  There could be a photo of my doing this in the dictionary under ANNOYED or FRUSTRATED.  Not a pretty sight.  Have I mentioned how tough Sweet Georgia Tough Love Sock yarn is??


But, I am pleased with the final outcome.  I actually loved the center piece that united the two side triangles (in spite of my having to take it almost all out because I misread the instructions and was taking in two live stitches at each end instead of one).  Can I just say, it is less fun to go backwards than forwards.  ;)  My bad.


I also finished my Sothia (Sand and Surf), but haven't gotten it blocked yet.


My cute little blocking set wasn't large enough for either shawl, so Sand and Surf is next in line for the bed blocking station...


One down and one to go.  PLUS, I am about to start another exciting shawl by Boo Knits (with beads in a different method)!!  Can't wait! 

Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend.  We are enjoying rain, blessed rain!!  Thank our Heavenly Father.  We need it so very much.  blessings ~ tanna

47 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

wow! tanna, this is GORGEOUS!!! i'm so impressed! at your skill AND your patience! just beautiful!

From the Kitchen said...

I couldn't have lasted counting the beads much less incorporating them into your beautiful piece!! I love the color. It just says "spring or autumn in Virginia" don't you think? Bravo!

Best,
Bonnie

nanny said...

This masterpiece is beautiful. I enlarged it on my iPad and it is really unreal! The tiny beads, oh gosh, I'd be blind!
So pretty Tanna! You must be proud and relieved that it is completed!!

Susan said...

Absolutely gorgeous work!!! I would have quit at just about the time I opened the bag of beans and they hit the floor. Great, great job!!!!

Kate I said...

Oh my Tanna...this is drop dead gorgeous...but what an astounding amount of work! I am so amazed an in awe of anyone who can keep track of a pattern like this. You must have quite the collection of lovely shawls. Great job! (looking forward to seeing sand and surf too)

Julie Harward said...

That is the most beautiful thing I have ever seen! What an artist and creator you are..what a lot of work...and what a treasure! ;D

Amanda said...

Did I read correctly that you are about to start another project that involves more beads? Oh. My. Goodness. Gracious. Sakes. Alive. I honest to goodness don't know how you do it. What I do know is that everything you touch turns out beautiful, so I'm ready to see the next round! =) xoxoxo

Laura Nelkin said...

Oh My Goodness.. .it came out SO stunningly! I'm thrilled that you persevered with all those beads!

Perhaps given a little break you will forget the pain of threading all those beads and just relish the joy of your gorgeous finished shawl!

LOVE!

Stephanie V said...

That beaded shawl is so gorgeous! I have never attempted beading...it just seems to fiddly for me. But lace I love to do and can certainly recognize your talent in this knitting. Wow! You inspire me.

leeni1176 said...

Love It !!!!!

I'm still on Clue 3, and yours is definitely giving me inspiration to get moving on it...

steph said...

It was definitely worth the pain of stringing those beads!!! Has a somewhat Native American look to the center panel--it's just lovely!!!

Deborah said...

Wow, that shawl is just breathtaking!

California Girl said...

That's really elegant. Is yarn still expensive? I recall my mother saying how it expensive it was (back in the day).

Shug said...

I immediately thought of all the patience that you must have in doing a project like this...Absolutely Beautiful!! I know you will wear it proud! Your talents amaze me..
Glad to hear that we are getting rain...
Have a fabulous weekend..

The Sewing Loft said...

Just beautiful! You have been rewarded for staying with the tedious tasks along the way. Great bead stringing. :D

Vickie said...

It's a work of ART, Tanna! How beautiful it is with the beadwork in it! I would never even attempt to do something like that! Ok, now we need to see you wearing this over something beautiful and model it for us!

Donna said...

Yikes! Beads and knitting at the same time?!?!!? Can't quite imagine that just yet. It turned out so beautifully...but, I like it best when you are the lovely model that shows it off!

Jennifer @ Studio JRU said...

Wow that is beautiful Tanna! I can only imagine how much intricate work that was. :) The color is amazing!

Deserae said...

Wow, just beautiful and the color is gorgeous!!!
~Des

Chatty Crone said...

Amazingly beautiful - oh you have so much talent Tanna. What do you do with all the items you knit - do you have an etsy shop? Gorgeous. sandie

Judy S. said...

Love that shawl and its color, too, Tanna. Maybe you couldn't throw a ball, but you sure have a lot of fine motor skill! All those beads, wow! Do they make the shawl heavy? I am anxious to see Sand and Surf, too!

Pondside said...

Just thinking of the stiff yarn and all those beads made my fingers ache! You've made a beautiful piece that you'll wear with pride and pleasure for years. I hope that the pain will soon be a memory!

Laura said...

Fabulous job, as always!! Love it!

podso said...

I am so impressed witih this, particularly all the work of the beads! Amazing you could do this all--sort of on faith as it was a mystery knit project, right? It turned out so beautifully. I hope you will keep it and wear it yourself. That's one piece that has a story you will love to share!

Christine said...

I know nothing about knitting, except how to spell it. So when you are explaining your steps and missed steps, I have no idea what you mean.
All I know is that you are an ARTIST, blocked or not blocked!
WOW, amazing!

Changes in the wind said...

Well, I have been knitting a while but this is beyond even my imagination.....beautiful.

Betsy said...

Gorgeous! I love that color!

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

That is just soooooooooo beautiful. Each time I see your art work I keep hearing I am seeing your heart! What a beautiful heart it is and it is reflected in your art.
Thanks for sharing it with us, I am also inspired, and I also rejoice in the fact God gives to each of us different gifts and I can enjoy yours with such delight.

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

YOu amaZe Me!
Beautiful work.

T's Daily Treasures said...

Absolutely gorgeous! I don't know how you managed it as a knit-along. All those tiny beads. Yikes! You are one talented lady. Both shawls are beautiful! Enjoy the rain. We had a surprise drizzle the other night -- I didn't hear it, but the ground was wet the next morning. Since then, just dust. Yuck! Enjoy the rest of your weekend. Tammy

Kelly said...

That is just beautiful! I can imagine that adding that beading took a LOT of extra time and patience. We're getting rain this weekend too.

Swanski said...

That is beautiful and it was worth all the effort of moving those beads a little at a time. Love the color of the beads with the shawl too :)

Catherine said...

Dear Tanna, What a beautiful shawl. I love the beading. You are not only talented but very patient. It must have been frustrating but I don't think anyone will find you picture under that.
I hope that your next project will not be with 400 beadings at a time, but I know it will be just as beautiful.
I am glad for the rain.
Blessings my dear friend, Catherine xo

Cindy said...

Your shawl turned out beautifully! I love it, but I know now why I don't knit, I do not have the patience for it. I admire anyone who does.
Have a wonderful day.
Hugs, Cindy

Debbie said...

The shawl is simply beautiful!

I'm standing in the praise corner for our rain, too. It beat against the house so steadily, and I wanted to dance in time with it.

Thank you, LORD.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

This is really such a beautiful shawl, Tanna! It is a beautiful color and I love the open design. The beads must have been hard to work with, but they add such a spectacular touch. I know you'll receive a million compliments when you wear this around town.

It's Just Dottie said...

Just beautiful. I wish I had one !!!
I wanted to tell you I made your 911 soup
recipe and just loved it!
Smiles,Dottie

Mary said...

This is gorgeous! I'm forwarding your post to my daughter who also does great things with needles. She will love this. Have a great day, Tanna. Blessings...Mary

no spring chicken said...

It must be so wonderful to be so wonderful. It amazes me, the rate that you learn and improve. There must be a bit of the transcendentalist in you! Your scarf is stunning...

Blessings, Debbie

taylorsoutback said...

What a heavenly color & all the beadwork accents. Simply gorgeous work.

I miss knitting - so soothing. Quilting takes up any "leftover" hours in the day. Oh! Just remembered - I used to knit when a passenger in the car....

Jen said...

That is beautiful! I love the beads!

Debbie said...

My bottom jaw is on the floor! That is absolutely gorgeous! Your talent stuns me speechless! Love the gorgeous beading. Ok, I'm coming over there!

Nancy's Notes said...

Oh my Tanna!! That shawl is absolutely gorgeous! I've not seen such beautiful work before, just stunning! Great job!

Tricia @ saving room for dessert said...

I have read this post three different times but my admit I don't understand all the knitting terms! What I do know is this is beautiful and you are brave and talented to take on such a mystery project. The beads are beautiful. People are so smart - I am amazed. Congratulations on finishing this lovely shawl.

Karolee said...

Soooooo pretty! I LOVE it! You are such an inspiration to me. I love that you take time to comment on my little blog. After seeimg this, I can't wait to get my shawl finished!

Ana said...

I don't know how you do it Tanna. You are an amazingly fast knitter. You finished two shawls alread? Really? Boy, I remember when I first learn to knit I decided to knit a pink raglan sleeve sweater with a teddy bear in the center (It was the 80's, what can I say)...Plain knit and purl stitches! It took me forever! I wish I could knit like you. Beautiful shawl.

Much love,
♥Ana

SusanB-knits said...

Beautiful shawl! I love it with the beads. I have done the Undulating Waves Scarf (three times!) and I have the other half of the Enoble scarf to finish. I haven't started my Kinetik yet. I love Laura's patterns.

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