Road Maps - A Review & Giveaway for Mystic Shawls by Anna Dalvi
Since I normally record the podcast in the car, I do not have the convenience of having a copy of the book I am reviewing or extensive notes in front of me for reference. Therefore, I have decided to take a different approach with my review process by moving to written posts here on the blog to give you additional information, and to ensure that I have covered all that I want to mention. I will still give an overview of the titles, products, or other review items within the podcast episodes, but I want to be sure to give these items proper attention as they are often provided to me from the companies free of charge. As always, all opinions are my own. I hope you find this new review format useful.
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This book contains 14 different lace shawl patterns that all started as mystery knit-alongs (KALs), beginning with Anna's first shawl design, Mystic Waters. Anna was drawn to the mystery KAL after joining one in 2007. While waiting for another one to come along, Anna decided that she could just host one of her own and as she writes, "Really, how hard could it be?" Hoping to find a couple dozen or so people to join her KAL, Anna was quite surprised that over 1400 knitters had signed up! And the rest is history.
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There are a variety of shapes among the fourteen patterns in the book, including six triangles, four rectangles, two square, a circular, and a crescent shape. Something for everyone. One of the square shawls, Mystic Ice, can be worked either as a square or as a triangle. There is even a multi-colored triangular shawl, aptly named Mystic Delight. (pictured below)
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That said, these designs are delicate, intricate, and stunning. Many of the patterns have lace work on both sides, bringing to mind the difference between lace knitting (rest rows between patterned rows) and knitted lace (patterning every row). Anna even cautions that you will want to keep careful track of where you are in some of the patterns due to their complex nature. These pieces are truly a labor of love and will give you heirloom quality shawls worthy of a special occasion (i.e. wedding, baby christening, etc.)
While lace is not necessarily my go-to knitting style, I will say that this book is worth a peek for those of you who love to dive into these complex designs. If you would like a chance to win a copy of this book for yourself, please leave a comment on this post with your favorite part about knitting lace and I will draw a random winner in four weeks (September 17th, 2014) using a random number generator. Please include your Ravelry ID in the comment so I know how to reach you. Good luck!
I love the challenge of lace projects.ReplyDelete
-liveknitup on Ravelry
I love complex lace. Or I love it when it's finished. I might not love it so much while knitting it sometimes. It leaves me feeling so proud and accomplished when it's done.ReplyDelete
My favorite part of knitting lace is after it is blocked and dried and you first pull it off the boards. So exciting!!!ReplyDelete
Lmecoll on Ravelry
My favorite part I must admit is wearing the shawl. I find that complex shawls take a long time for me because I often don't have the brain space to do complicated patterns. I do enjoy beading, though it is fussy.ReplyDelete
These are what I call when I am a grown up knitter projects - crazyknittingfoolReplyDelete
I love the challenge of knitting lace, and then enjoy wearing the finished article.ReplyDelete
- judso on Ravelry
I love how it looks like a huge mess while you're knitting, but then you block it and you can see all the intricate details. (pokdej on Rav)ReplyDelete
I just love the complicated look of lace. It makes me seem much more talented than I really am. :)ReplyDelete
karenina4777 on rav
Rav ID Anitat. Love the challenge of Lace knitting. But best of all, is the magic of blocking!ReplyDelete
Congrats Anita! You are the winner for the Mystic Shawls book! I will give your Ravelry name to Cooperative Press so they can give you the book. Happy knitting!Delete
The difficulty of knitting lace is worth the delicate and beautiful look of worn lace!ReplyDelete
Rav ID RunningMommy1206
I've attempted to post twice, but it doesn't seem to be coming through on my end. I apologize if I am spamming the board. Not my intention.ReplyDelete
Knitting lace makes me feel like a capital "K" Knitter. and blocking is magical.
Rav id Palelesown
I love knitting lace, too! While a project seems to go on and on forever, it's so beautiful when it's done! I'd love that book!ReplyDelete
Lace to me is knitting magic - it's so lumpy and blobby on the needles and nothing at all like the finished product. It's amazingly beautiful and impressive.ReplyDelete
Lindaran on Rav
My favorite part about knitting lace is seeing the final product and knowing that something so beautiful was made by my own hands!ReplyDelete
tnttrouble on Rav
I love the process of knitting, taking it one stitch and a time and winding up with something so very beautiful at the end.ReplyDelete
I'm slothlovechunk on ravelry
My favorite part is learning the charts and attempting to knit the pattern! I am learning to knit lace and am thrilled with my shawls. Thanks for the chance. Knitsensei on Ravelry.ReplyDelete
I love the rhythm you can get into when you get the flow of the pattern when knitting lace. And there is nothing like the absolute magic of blocking - sometimes I just can't believe I created that beautiful lace!ReplyDelete
For me, the best part about lace is learning something new every time. The engineer in me loves the symmetry and logic.ReplyDelete
I've just stayed knitting lacework. So far, my favorite part is watching the pattern slowly reveal itself, from a jumble of stitches to a lovely repeating design.ReplyDelete
My Ravelry ID is seattleknitterguy.
I enjoy knitting lace shawls, especially when there is a rhythm to the pattern. My favourite part is blocking as that is when your shawl really comes alove and feels a bit like magic. Thank you QuiltercarolineReplyDelete
What beautiful Shawls! You did a great just with the review.ReplyDelete
Ravelr ID: JulieRKnits
I've knit a little bit of lace and I like that you have to pay so much attention to it and all your other worries go away.ReplyDelete
Dnice515 on ravelry
thanks for the review. I love following the charts and watching the sections of the pattern build from the needles on down. 2nd favorite is seeing the results of blocking at the end.
MimiD on Ravelry
These are beautiful shawls. I love how that mess becomes a beautiful shawl after blockingReplyDelete