Update December 21, 2020
Are we in the final days? Please remember that first and foremost this should be fun and relaxing. And I have never completed a crochet a long on schedule! So just keep moving forward. We will get this beautiful wrap to “a wrap”. We will be here to support you whenever that is right for you.
Business for this week, includes more info on the dyes used to make this week’s colors. I would also answer questions that have come up but this week I didn’t receive any!
The Dye Colors
Color 10 is a variation of Cochineal dye. I used the exhaust dye with a modifier added.
Color 11 is the exhaust color from Color 4. These had an indigo base with added Himalayan Rhubarb liquid dye to make it a more teal green.
Color 12 was a big surprise to me when I was creating the colors for this project. It started out with Madder root and the addition of a modifier agent created the strong tomato red color. I love it!
Update December 14, 2020
I hope you are enjoying the adventure and ready for another week of crocheting fun.
We have appreciated a few return emails that have pointed out some pattern glitches.Danae has reviewed them and sent a replacement page for Clues 4, 5, 7, and 8. They are attached to this email and only pertain to the knit pattern.
A suggestion from one of you was that I disclose what made the colors. I have no problem with that! I will break it down into three groups so I don’t ruin any color surprises coming up.
One thing to note: It took me weeks to dye all the skeins for this project. At times I had to substitute one color for another due to availability.
The main color was made using Cochineal extract. The cochineal beetle lives on cacti. Here’s a link to more information if you are interested. This is the Botanical Colors Website and one of my preferred suppliers for natural dye extracts.
With a couple dye lots I used Lac extract. Both cochineal and lac can make a wonderful shade of red and with some modifications from washing soda, the color can be adjusted to come out almost the same.
Natural Dyes Used for Colors 1 through 4
Color 1 – Logwood. Nothing makes purple like the bark from the logwood tree. Unfortunately, they grow in Mexico and Central America so I have to use an extract or logwood chips.
Color 2 – Depending on my stock, the light yellow was created using either weld, marigold or dandelions
Color 3 – When using natural dyes, after you achieve the color you desired, there is often plenty of dye left in the dye pot. This is called the exhaust dye bath. The lighter pink shades were different variations of the exhaust bath from the main color. Waste not want not!
Color 4 -This was fun to create. The deep greens and blues are all created using a liquid shelf stable version of indigo, commonly called Saxon Blue. I found that Botanical Colors was carrying a concentrated liquid form that mixes well to create an unlimited spectrum of blues and greens with the addition of other colors.
I hope you enjoyed that information. Next wee I will share the next few colors background.
Remember, if you are using the knitting version of the pattern, look for the links I sent with this week’s email. Four clues for the knitting pattern were updated.
Hopefully, everyone who wanted to join the facebook group has been able to do so. If not let me know. We have trouble shooted our way through a few invites!
Now for the Stitch photos. Remember to close your eyes if you don’t want to see these!
Update December 7, 2020
I am a little late with the morning briefing! But it is still Monday so I am calling it a success. How are you doing one week into our crochet or knit a long? We have heard from some of you and seen some lovely photos on social media. The mystery looks great and we are here to help when you need it. Keep those photos coming. We really love seeing your shares. Don’t forget to use the spoiler alert pic as your first photo in case someone doesn’t want to see past where they are currently.
One other matter that came up was the small gift bag that was included with your kit. That bag contains gifts for you! The stitch markers were created by Kimberlie Serrato, our marvelous talented tester for both patterns. I love those little sheep markers. Go ahead and open your gifts whenever you need a little surprise. I hope you enjoy the extras. And if you are on social media, tell Kim how much you love the stitch markers!
Ok on to the next round of stitch photos. Remember, if you don’t want to see these, don’t read any further!
Update November 30, 2020
It’s almost time to start!
Are you excited, because I know we are. Tomorrow is December 1 and the day we are set to begin the MCAL and MKAL. Raise your hand if you’ve waited until now to rip off the wrapping paper.
A reminder that this page will be updated weekly and also as necessary for questions that arise. The spoiler alert photo can be found below and please use it as your first photo when sharing to social media. On instagram tag @Ottercraftknits, @Timbercreekfarmandhomestead, and @Kimberlie_makes so we can see!
A Mystery Knit and Crochet A-long Project brought to you by Janet Garman, indie dyer and Danae Smith, pattern designer
This page will be a work in progress as we work along on the adventure. As we reach each clue, tips and photos of the stitches will be posted here. Please contact us by email if you have a question. We will respond asap and also answer your questions here, so others can benefit.
For casting on – https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=uAVRXKKjwto
For Weaving in Ends as you go – https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=PdKsONos1cs
For Bobble Stitch – *note that this tutorial is for a 3 stitch bobble, but the techniques are the same for a 5 stitch bobble
Get in Touch -The best email to reach out to is
Spoiler Alert photo for use on social media
SPOILER ALERT- First Stitch Photo
Don’t scroll any further if you don’t want to see the stitch for clue 2 (color 1)