One would think, logically enough, that it would be easy to find a suitable pattern somewhere among my 500+ saved favourites on Ravelry. Afterall, I decided to scrap the progress I made on Woodruff because it was much too sloppy from attempting to knit with my arm in a cast. Now I have so many negative associations with that piece. The pattern is lovely, and I do plan on making those socks. Just not at the moment.
For my first project in six weeks, I needed the perfect pattern. It was most likely going to be a shawl, but I was really open to anything. The only caveat was that the pattern had to call for a very fine yarn, as I was just dying to use the white and red skeins of fingering weight merino that I spun up over winter.
There were also a couple skeins of laceweight Corriedale in my stash, from back when I was learning to use a spinning wheel. They are quite over-spun, and as someone may politely refer to as “crisp” (let’s be honest, they’re pretty rough and scratchy), but I would be very happy if I could find a way to incorporate them into this project.
Being a rational human being, the first place I searched for a pattern was in my Ravelry favourites. All that kept crossing my mind was “daaaaaamn, I have good taste!” I love ALL. THE. PATTERNS. The trouble was, I didn’t particularly have anything that suited my chosen yarns. Sure, it’s possible to use multiple colours on any one of the shawls, and I considered that option. I’d analyze the photos and see what would make sense as a nice spot for a colour-change. But I wasn’t a hundred percent satisfied. Additionally, the shawl patterns that were charted for multiple colours consisted of fairly small stripes, which I wasn’t very keen on for white and red. That would look a bit too candy cane-like. Too Christmas.
Hours upon hours (no exaggeration) did I scour the depths of Ravelry to find that perfect pattern. It was then that I discovered that I have some serious commitment issues. When it comes to knitting, anyway. I fall in love with each and every pattern I see, but am always so hesitant to move forward with it. Last night, I cast-on, knit a few inches, and frogged three separate shawls prior to settling on the right – the perfect – one.
First was Vanilla Orchid by Ágnes Kutas-Keresztes. This shawl is beautiful and light, and would make perfect summer-evening knitwear. Red and white though? No. Not the right colours. I tried casting on with the aubergine Corriedale, but could not get a nice guage. Nope, this would not do!
The second attempt was Sashiko by The Knit Cafe Toronto. I first saw this cowl on display at the Knitters Frolic. It is simple and elegant. Just stunning. Alhough it is knitted with a strand of Madeline Tosh Prairie held together with Shibui Silk Cloud (mohair and silk), I thought I could get a different-but-interesting effect by using my handspun. After a few rows, I decided against it. There is much better yarn in my stash for this project! Maybe it will be my next endeavor.
While perusing the forum discussions on Ropedance, this hot little number caught my eye: Moonraker. Also by Melanie Berg. Back to frogging! So, I started on Moonraker. I knitted, and knitted, and knitted some more, until before I knew it, it was well past midnight. Decent progress was made. And I’m in love (big surprise).