. . . as I slam on the breaks for the Forest Path Stole.
But I’m getting ahead of myself.
Last night my two knitting protégés, Miss V and my friend R, joined me at a local cafe for some knitting. They’d never met each other but they’re both awesome and I had a fantastic time. Hopefully we’ll get our little knitting group off the ground and start meeting up regularly — there’s just something about knitting with other knitters that’s fun and relaxing but in a way that’s different from knitting alone.
I was full of energy and enthusiastic about starting the Forest Path Stole and quickly cast on to swatch a Fern panel, the simplest of the three repeating motifs that make up the entrelac panels in the shawl. Little more than repeating rows of stockinette with the occasional YO-K1-YO increase followed shortly by a 3-into-1 decrease, the fern panel was quickly finished, which was good. The problem: I hate the way the color pools.
Instead of putting the yarn directly on the winder to make a center-pull ball (which can produce disastrous results when the delicate filaments get tangled en route out of the center of the ball), I cut a toilet paper tube down to size, fitted it over the winder, and wound the yarn directly onto the tube. Working the ball from the outside in, the tube will keep the yarn tidy and at a consistent tension all the way to the last yard.
I’ve been completely in love with the yarn for weeks now, admiring the tiny, colorful ball every day and waiting for the happy moment when I’d decide on a pattern and cast on. Sure, I had a few worries about the brightness of the yarn color, but I’ve wanted to be bold and veer away from bridal tradition and so I was determined to plow ahead.
Although it’s hard to judge what a huge shawl would look like from a single swatch, it’s pretty clear that there are distinct swaths of color cutting horizontally through the swatch in a pattern that’s clearly reminiscent of tie-dye.
Nothing could be further from what I would want to wear at my wedding, especially since the entrelac would make the stripes of color alternate directionally between horizontal and vertical. In a single word, blech.
So now I’m back to the beginning. Do I try and wrangle my current yarn into a round or triangular shawl and hope for a more speckled, heathery look (which I think will emerge) or do I send this yarn back to the stash and look for a new yarn?
Close at hand are three cones of Jaggerspun Zephyr 2/18: Pewter, which is a very light, silvery gray color, Sage, which is a light, subtle gray-green, and Charcoal, which is a deep gray (the yarn I used to knit up my Frost Flowers and Leaves shawl).
I am really against using the Pewter. Having a white shawl to match my white dress would not be my first choice. I don’t think I’d ever wear a white shawl again and I’d hate to spend months of work on yet another thing that would only be used once. I also think knitting myself a shawl is a cool and unusual way for me to personalize the wedding and I want to run beyond boring white with that uniqueness.
So although I’m not dead-set against white, I am dead-set against whites that don’t match (ie, white-on-ivory or cream-on-silver) and I doubt that I’ll end up with a dress that matches the Pewter yarn, beautiful as it is.
The Charcoal yarn is just too dark and I’m a little bored with it after using it for a massive lace project.
That leaves me with the Sage yarn, which might work well with the shawl’s leafy pattern. I’m a bit concerned that the color is too minty-green and/or too pastel and won’t fit in well with what I hope will be deep, rich summer colors.
So my wedding shawl knitting is decidedly stalled. It’s back to Peacock Feathers for me while I wait for Glamorous and Little Miss Law to weigh in . . .