Sometimes, you meet a yarn so lovely that it simply has to come home with you. It has to be knitted immediately. Without hesitation. Without distraction.
I found such a yarn recently.
It’s called Silk Merino Luxury, in the Magnolia colourway. Don’t you think this yarn is coloured just like the beautiful magnolia blossom? On screen, I found it mouth-watering, and of course, it had to be mine!
I’m so pleased that Spinning a Yarn is producing a fingering weight in addition to her normal 2 ply laceweight. I’m not much fond of laceweight, but fingering is another matter!
When this luscious silk/merino yarn arrived in my letterbox, it was even more beautiful than I expected. It told me it needed to be a shawl and refused to be put away into my stash. But which One?? So many shawl patterns to choose from!
I spent quite a bit of time on Ravelry perusing all the options. The requirement was that I had to be able to knit it from one 400m skein of yarn. I wanted lace, but not too much lace (because I’m not that great a lace knitter yet and I really don’t want another fail on my hands). And it definitely, absolutely, could not have too much garter stitch (because I’m one of those people who isn’t fond of garter stitch).
Then I found this. And really, how could I not begin right away??
The pattern is easily memorised, and it’s quite addictive to knit with each 12 row repeat taking only about five minutes.
I like the fact that you knit the border first – this means I can work out whether the length is what I want before I start the stocking stitch inner body. As the original pattern only calls for 200m+, and I have 400m, it means I have plenty of yarn to play with to make the shawl bigger if I need to (within reason).
And now, if you will excuse me, I think I need to pay attention to a certain lace confection…