I am sure some of you know of the Mystery Stole 3 knit-along (MS3), with 6000+ knitters joining in the conversation.
I am knitting several versions of the MS3, to see what it would look like with different yarns. I love knitting lace (that is putting it mildly – I love the magic of lace, what one can do with lace stitches always amazes me). I also like to experiment with different weights of yarn while knitting lace, which is how this post came about.
When deciding on which yarns to try for MS3 I did not limit myself to lace and fingering weight yarns and picked from yarns that I liked including Goby, a 35% viscose and 65% cotton yarn by OnLine yarns. On skein this is a beautiful yarn, with its silky sheen and softness and viscose peaking in and out of the cotton fiber. It looks like a little jewel.
I cast on and knitted my MS3 with US size 7 needles (4.5mm). I started with bamboo needles and really did not like the experience. The viscose content of Goby did not do well with my old bamboo needles either. So I switched to Addi Turbos, and this worked better but was not really what I wanted either. I finally tried my Addi Lace needles and found the right needle for Goby, the pointed ends of these needles worked very well.
I stopped this version of MS3 when my first ball of Goby ran out of yarn, which was not sufficient to finish clue #1 (which has 100 rows), but came close to it.
When I compare this MS3 to the other versions I find that it is larger and more substantial and would make a lovely summer/fall stole. It has great drape and the yarn shows its sheen very well. That being said, I will not complete my Goby MS3. I am going to make a cardigan with Goby instead.
One more version coming up later this week, as soon as I finish one more clue.
Hope you are all well and knitting with a smile.