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Hello, and welcome back to #MakersWednesday, where we take a break mid-week to celebrate the creative spirit in all of us.

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Well, the mystery shawl I’ve been talking about has come to an end! It’s all finished, and it’s definitely one of the strangest things I’ve ever made! I really enjoyed the whole process, though, because the construction was so much fun and the mystery kept my interest going! Here’s the finished shawl:

Urban Survival shawl pattern

So, what have you been making this week? We’d love to see – share on Instagram and Twitter with the hashtag #MakersWednesday!

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Happy Wednesday, Makers! We’re so happy to have you here with us on the day we celebrate the Maker in all of us.

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This week, I’ve got a mystery project going on! This is a mystery knit-along by knitting designer Josh Ryks. The pattern is called “Urban Survival,” and instead of getting the whole pattern at one time, Josh is releasing it as a series of clues (one per week for a period of 5-6 weeks, I believe). I had a bit of a problem with my first color selection because the grey I had chosen didn’t show up on the background color well enough. So I went back to the dye pots, and I’m much happier with my project now! This is the first clue, near the beginning (the overall shape doesn’t change within this clue, it just gets more of this stripe sequence):

I’m excited to see where the next clue will lead – stay tuned, because I’ll share the next one on another edition of #MakersWednesday!

Now, it’s your turn – what have you been making this week? Share with us in the comments below, or tag your creations on Instagram and Twitter with #MakersWednesday. We’ll see you there!

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Welcome to Maker’s Wednesday, where we take a day out of our busy weeks to celebrate the Maker in all of us.

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This week, I’ve got shawls on the brain again! This time I want to participate in a Mystery Knit-Along: Urban Survival by Josh Ryks.

Have you ever participated in a mystery KAL before? The basic idea is that you don’t know what the pattern will look like – only the essential information. (For instance, for this pattern I know that it will be a shawl and that it will use three colors and a variety of stitch techniques, but that’s it!) The designer of the pattern reveals the pattern in stages, or clues, over a period of time and you knit along until the pattern is over.

Of course, the bad part about this is that you might end up with a project you don’t love (since you couldn’t see the result before you started knitting), but in my case I figure I can probably give it as a gift if I don’t really like it for myself. Plus, I love the other designs by this particular designer so I’m fairly confident I will enjoy this one as well.

My task for now is to figure out which yarns to use! I’ve got three options, and I’m waiting to hear back from the designer about his recommendations before I choose:

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Right now I’m leaning toward the first and last combinations, but we’ll see if he says I need to stick with the tamer combination of the second. What’s your favorite?

What about you – what are you making this week? Share it with us on Instagram or Twitter with the tag #MakersWednesday!

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