Last year, I bought the Fall 2006 Issue of Interweave Knits. I immediately fell in love with Evelyn A. Clark's beautiful Swallow Tail Shawl pattern. A few years ago, visiting Df (darling fiancee?) when he lived in Ohio, we took a short driving trip to Erie to go to a nice yarn shop there, Cultured Purl. It was one of the nicest yarn experiences I have ever had. We got there just after she opened for the day and we got to visit a bit. Df is always so good in yarn shops! I had a credit card or money or something, and I purchased expensive yarn, that I would probably not be able to afford now! However, I treated myself to 3 skeins of Blue Sky Alpaca. I think it is the DK weight. I no longer have the ball bands, but I recognized the yarn in another shop, and realized why I had only bought 3 skeins.
I always wanted to make a shawl with the perfect blue yarn, and when I saw Swallow Tail, I thought it would be the match...
But I never did cast on for it.
Instead, recently I was fondling the Anne that I bought in MA last year, and I realized that I really wanted to make a shawl with it. I also realized that I really wanted to make the Swallow Tail shawl, and that since school is over, my free time is, well, free. Making a complicated lace shawl, I decided, was not a terrible idea. So I cast on with my Schafer Anne, ignoring my own God-given color senses.
I have seen some beautiful lace shawls, and I have seen some gorgeous color ways, but there are some colors that just don't make good lace shawls, and this Anne is one of them.
I joined the Swallow Tail Shawl Knit Along blog, and saw someone with a similar predicament... they had to over dye the yarn to get the shawl to look lacy. Of course, now it looks absolutely fabulous. I did not want to over dye the Anne though, I paid a lot of money for those gorgeous colors! *reasonably represented in picture*
So I did what any reasonable, well meaning, project laden knitter does... I dropped the Anne and started Swallow Tail in the gorgeous blue color that I am in love with. So far I am on the budding lace 7th repeat... but I keep messing it up and having to gently rip back. I don't mind, however, it is the farthest I have gotten with a lace project thus far! Here are some pictures of the shawl modeling. The color seems pretty accurate, at least from this machine :) (of course, that has a lot to do with Photoshop CS2... I love being a student...) That is my goal for June, in terms of knitting. It would be good to finish stuff too... Like the stupid baby sweater in cotton... grrr