Though it’s snowing again, and though spring by the calendar will be here in less than a month(HA!), I recently finished a small shawl that evokes autumn. Majorly.
I haven’t showed you this shawl yet. I’ve knit it in stolen time here and there. It’s a quick knit, but I waited until after the holidays to start it, and have been knitting the Peace and Love mittens and other projects also.
The backstory is that I received some amazing yarn from Meg at Twisted Fiber Art as the last shipment in the fall Survey Club. It was a completely luscious merino/cashmere/nylon (MCN) blend in a worsted weight, dyed in a club colorway called Maple that sang to me.
The colorway starts out with fresh leafy green, shades through rich golds and deep oranges, then through all shades of reds to end with an almost-black. Fittingly, it’s called “Maple”.
I found out later that the colorway was inspired by some color comments I made on the club survey. No wonder I love this colorway SO much!
I pondered the perfect project. The yardage wasn’t enough for many shawl projects. But I didn’t want to make a scarf. And it was generous for a typical cowl.
Ravelry to the rescue!
On Ravelry, I could search by yardage and yarn weight and project type, among other parameters. I narrowed down hundreds of patterns to one: a lovely little shawl by Orianna Eklund called the Madrona Shawl (Ravelry link; the pattern is only available on Ravelry). The weight and yardage were close to what I needed, anyway.
I ended up modifying the pattern slightly by extending the second leaf lace section by a half repeat, to make sure I used all my yarn, given the gorgeous color changes (I wouldn’t want to miss out on any of the amazing dark red!). To good effect. Here is the final result!
It’s lovely, hanging, laying out, with the sun shining through it, any way you look at it.
And it feels AMAZING on. Mmm, MCN.
It may be autumnal in color, but I think I’ll be wearing this well into the spring!