Yep, that pretty much sums it up.
After seeing a lovely Holbrook Shawl in person, I was excited to start one right away, and began searching through my stash. I knew the pattern would look better with a solid yarn, but I really didn’t have anything in my stash in fingering weight that would work. The closest I could come was this madelinetosh tosh merino light, which is a semi-solid:
The skeins looked very well matched, and I figured the semi-solid would probably be OK. I wound one of the skeins and did a little swatch. A bit more variegation than I’d like, but not too bad. I figured it would work, and was chomping at the bit to start. But then I wound the second skein.
Can you tell from the photo? The cake on the left is definitely a little darker than the one on the right.
The darker skein is lighter in the center and gets darker as towards the outside of the cake – so if I knit with the lighter skein first, then started with the lighter end of the darker skein, it might transition OK. Or not. Since the border is knit on sideways, if the yarn suddenly gets darker, it could create a weird patch.
I definitely wouldn’t want to alternate skeins and have it look striped.
I do have some laceweight yarn in solid red that I could use, but I really wanted to do this shawl in fingering weight.
Do I forge ahead with the madelinetosh and hope it turns out OK? Use my laceweight? Buy more yarn, despite having overflowing stash? And if so, what to buy that’s truly solid? I do have some sportweight yarn in solid dark brown and solid natural (light beige), but they’re both in a rustic wool that I’m not sure I’d love as a shawl.
I feel much too conflicted.
I guess I’ll have to just
make eat cookies.
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