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Congratulations, colorworkers, you've made it through the entire chart to Week 10! Give yourselves a big pat on the back! Now it's time to do it all again. Please don't kill me! That's right, the purl row you did last week is a fold, and you've just completed one side of your mystery project. Instead of releasing the second side week by week (how silly would that be?), this week's pattern is all the directions in one place with a big chart. I've included both a black & white and color version, so you can take your pick. If you're just now joining the KAL, this is the only pattern download you need. If you're caught up through Week 9, you will follow the directions starting where is says "Colorwork Chart: Side 2". Hopefully that isn't too confusing.

Now here's where it gets fun: This is your chance for a do-over if you aren't totally happy with your color combo. Both sides won't show at the same time, so they don't need to be identical. Was there one section that was bugging you that you wish you had done differently? Now is your chance! The learning doesn't have to stop with the weekly installments. I think I am going to take my own advice and switch out a few colors. It's pretty good as-is, but I'd like the foreground of the yellow-orange part to 'pop' more. My solution is to try Salsa Heather or Autumn Heather instead of Brindle Heather and to replace Clover with Edamame. I haven't gotten to them yet, so I haven't formally changed the colors in the pattern. If you're using my color combo feel free to do the same, or feel free to keep them as-is. It's totally up to you. This is why I always recommend you order a few extra colors for any colorwork project--you just don't know for sure how they'll work until you see them in action. In this case, I swatched my colors, but I didn't mirror the swatch and the mirroring made a slight difference in the overall perception. This project has been quite the learning process for me as well!

Anyway, here's the plan going forward: We're going to go off and zip through this 2nd side and change out colors (only if we want to), and we're going to continue sharing our progress as we go. We will regroup on 12/4 when I will post the final pattern that will include the finishing options and the big mystery will be completely solved. 12/4 should give you plenty of time to finish before Christmas, if you're knitting it as a gift.

Questions? Concerns? Leave it in the comments, or send me a message. Happy colorworking!

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oh, you are a trickster aren't you?
I'm laughing my you-know-what off!! When I got to the "do it all again" part I thought WHAT?!!! But then I remembered that each week's installment only took me an hour to an hour-and-a-half to do (depending on how interesting the DVD was that I was watching as I knit), so of course we'll have plenty of time by 12/4.But I still find this hysterically funny!

AAAAAHHHHHHHHH!!!! The suspense is killing me!!! I'm off to swap out a few colors and knit, knit, knit!!!!!
What fun we will have now. You are quite the little sneak. A front and a back and a fold. What could this be? Off I go to do a little more knitting.
WOW! What a huge surprise and twist! I cannot imagine what the item is now. I might do my second side in different colors!
I'm OCD girl - my two sides have to match or it will bother me! (OCD is obsessive-compulsive disorder, if you don't already know - or, as I read once, CDO, as it ought to be in alphabetical order!)

Nancy, CDO. That is great! I'm ROFL or should I say FLOR. Oh, I like that because that is where I am, on the floor!!!
OK this is cool! I am going to continue with the colors I've chosen. I picked a lot of contrasting and bright colors. What I think I'd like to do is make it again in similar hues, like all blues or browns or something and see how it looks. I love this whole colorwork thing! It's like playing with a big box of crayolas when we were kids. You remember the one with the pencil sharpener on the back? So much fun!!!!
Okay, here is an interactive file for you.

Don't forget you must download it for it to be interactive and Tiffany reported that it will not work with the built-in reader for Macs and you will need to download the Mac version from Adobe.
Thanks CHeryl...your the best!!! I was cautiously optomistic that you would do this, but wasn't sure if you would go to all the trouble since we have each installment at our finger tips!!!! :-) This is so helpful to me to keep my place-I love it!!!
Laura, personally I will probably use the week-by-week myself (it doesn't seem as intimidating), but I wanted everyone to have the choice. Once Melissa has the finishing instructions, I may combine everything together into one file.
I WAS RIGHT!! You are a really sneaky person. And now you're
incommunicado yet again. I must say, you really did surprise me.
I'm pleased. I will change the order of my colors and perhaps I'll
be happier with the second side. Thank you. -- Judith


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