It was the simplicity that drew me to this knit: I often need a good stockinette fix, and this one definitely provided it. At 6.5 feet (just under 2 meters) of alternating knit and purl rows, I got just what I wanted. Little did I know that this shawl would have so many stories knit into it…
The yarn is not far removed from the sheep it came from, and that rawness was the thing that appealed to me. The yarn has a great texture, with some small underspun slubs mixed alongside with thinner overspun areas. There are little bits of vegetable matter spun into the fiber, but they are easy to pick out. It is a single ply laceweight, so it is not entirely suited for heavy use and roughness. The actual hank broke a few times on my swift when I was too quick in winding it. Once you have a steady hand and slow the process down, the yarn can handle the winding – taking your time is key. I had no breakage issues while actually knitting the shawl, and it has formed a nice fabric. I doubt there is any danger of breakage now – plus, it is not a bag or a hard-wearing sweater. It will only be draped around my neck to chase off the chill of fall and winter. This simple yarn seems to have memory, staying where you arrange or scrunch it. The deep folds and the shadows cast over them remind me of the Greek sculptures I studied in college: their deep fabric folds were a stylistic element, and were often pointed out by my professors. (I guess it stuck!)
This is my first finished project for this last color triad of Project Spectrum. I have a few other knits on the needles (and in my mind) before the close of this PS cycle. I am thinking ahead about the next cycle of Project Spectrum: deciding if/when we would do it, and how the colors could be structured and grouped. Please visit the Project Spectrum Flickr Group to see some of the ideas and to add your two cents!
In the meantime, I am pining for the days when I can bundle up in my new shawl… autumn cannot come soon enough.