Now that I’ve finished one SnB knitting project, it’s time of course, to cast on for another.
The Progression Shawl is too complicated to work on in public, but I also need something a bit larger than a purse project.
I’ve had this Bliss Ranch Yarn marinating in my stash since I went to the Estes Wool Festival (in, ahem, 2007). It’s sport-weight wool, in Brindle (the dark color), and Hickory (the light color). I’m estimating from the label’s stated yards per pound that I have approximately 930 yards of the dark, and 866 yards of the light. My original thought was to combine the colors in a sweater, but I never came up with any good ideas. Tempest was one thought, but I’m not really sure I’d be happy wearing those big stripes.
Then after seeing everyone’s wonderful Stripe Study shawls, I was thinking that might be a good project, even though I have twice as much yarn as I’d need.
But I’ve also been working on a shoulder wrap out of Shibui Knits Linen. I don’t have a pattern, I’m just taking inspiration from a wrap I saw at an airport gift shop. The yarn is rough and stiff to work with, but when it’s washed, it has a wonderful drape.
When I was at my LYS the other day, where I bought the yarn, there was a fabulous Color Affection shop sample made out of this yarn. It felt so wonderful and drapey. It also reminded me of how much I like that shawl, but I wasn’t sure I wanted to buy 6 skeins of the linen yarn for it. But that got me to thinking. Could I make a two-color Color Affection? I didn’t see why not, considering the construction. So I stole this template from another Raveler (with her permission), and did a mock-up:
I think I like it. It will use up more of the yarn than using it for Stripe Study. Then I may have to consider buying the linen yarn to make Stripe Study. I think I can get by with 4 skeins.