I’ve decided against trying to use the madelinetosh yarn for the Holbrook shawl. I think it’s too risky with the sideways border.
But that leaves two problems:
The first is what else to do with the madtosh that won’t be an issue with the color changes. I’ve decided to make a half-circle shawl in garter stitch, finishing it with either a pleat or lace. The pleat will take a lot more yardage – probably as much as the body of the shawl, so I’ll only do that if the first skein gives me a large enough shawl. If I need to use part of the second skein to make the shawl bigger, then I’ll have to go with a lace border. First problem taken care of.
The second problem is what yarn to use for Holbrook. I’d prefer it to be solid or heathered, unless I can find a semi-solid yarn that would be reliably nearly-solid. Since I’ll need multiple skeins, though, there’s still always the risk of one skein being noticeably different from the next.
I’d prefer wool or a wool-silk blend. It can’t have alpaca since that makes my neck itch. I think the lace would look better with a smooth, plied yarn rather than anything fluffy or hairy, so a sock yarn would be nice. But on the other hand, it can’t be a really springy sock yarn that won’t hold the blocking.
Any yarn suggestions are welcome. If it’s something I can get locally, that’s even better, since I like to support my local shops when I can.
Thanks to those of you who’ve already given me some suggestions. I plan to check out the local stores next week.