The fun starts with deciding which colours go together.... For me that can be quite a drawn out process - I have to be able to see a combination in my mind's eye and be satisfied that the combination makes each colour more 'itself' than on its own such that I can't stop looking at it.
If you could see my coffee table at the moment you would see baskets of yarn, overflowing with colours that I keep moving around until a combination jumps out at me as just right. Of course, as in the case of this shawl, a neutral and an acid colour are an easy partnership. Lime green also happens to be one of my favourite colours.
The shawl pattern that I chose was the Stripe Study Shawl by Veera Valimaki as its asymmetric shape and use of short rows to vary the shape of the stripes was very appealing both in terms of process with the short rows breaking up the prospect of knitting enormous, mind numbing swathes of garter stitch and with the visual impact. I love its clean, graphic lines.
The yarn is Elsbeth Lavold Silky Wool, which, whilst somewhat heavier than the recommended yarn has enough drape to work for this project.
I think the end result is quite effective. I love the quirky, asymmetric style of the piece which also makes it surprisingly easy to wear.
Over the next few days I will share with you how severe my obsession with stripes has become...