With the cooler weather upon us, I was digging out my warm shawls to take one to Yarndale and came across my Byatt. Which seemed the perfect shawl to take as I was hoping to meet Karie Westermann, the designer (I did - she's lovely).
Only problem - as I took it out and examined it again, it just didn't feel right. Honestly, I've never struggled so much with getting the colours/tone right for any pattern, which has nothing to do with the pattern and everything to do with me wanting to do justice to such a lovely design. I've started and frogged this shawl so many times, just never satisfied with the final result. Here are just a few of the starts and stops.
Version #1: not enough contrast
Now here's the funny part. All those colour experiments were a result of worrying about running out of the green yarn. Karie had warned that it would use up almost every bit of the 400m skein. I didn't want to risk it, and have to start again, so I thought the best way was to insert a third colour. But I didn't even try knitting with the whole skein and as a result have knitted way more on this shawl than I ever would have if I'd not second guessed the skein. These are the days when you do think that knitting makes you a little nuts. Especially since I then worked non-stop to finish the shawl in time for Yarndale. I was binding off at 2am on the Friday night in my hotel room. Yes, knitting can make you a little nuts.
I love it now though, and especially how all the colours in both skeins really complement each other in richness and tone.
I will get a lot of wear out of this shawl this autumn and I swear, I'm not tinkering with it anymore!