That said, I had this yarn in my stash:
Gauge Dye Work's merino twist, in Concrete and Tulips colorway.
And it was just different enough that I decided to knit it up. Backstory is that I bought this yarn several years ago because I was intrigued by how it was dyed to stripe in the same width for a top-down shawl. But...once I got it, I remembered that I really don't like top-down shawls - the shape feels a little too old-ladyish for me. I prefer the smaller, more triangle-shapes of shawlettes. So I set the yarn aside and checked Ravelry occasionally to see what other people were making with it - waiting paid off because another pattern was written specifically for this yarn, and it was much more to my liking.
It didn't take me long to finish this, which surprised me. The pattern is fairly simple, but my brain still had to work at computing it, and I have no shame in telling you that I needed to refer back to the pattern at the start of each row. I also got good at fixing mistakes in the beginning, which is challenging where there are yarn overs and decreases - that is hard to see to undo! I liked how the shawlette turned out, and I'd recommend the pattern - plus it's free, so that was a nice bonus!
To appreciate the finished product with the lace stripes, you first need to see how it looks before it's blocked:
Looks like solid stripes of color, right?
The magic and beauty of lace only comes to life after the piece has been blocked (which is when you give it a soaking in a wool wash and then stretch it out to dry). Here's what it looked like while it was on the blocking mats:
Be still my heart!
Close up - LOOK AT HOW THE LACEWORK OPENED UP!
There is a big delay in gratification when you knit anything with lacework in it but oh man, when the payoff hits, it hits big! I am really pleased with how pretty this looks.
Once more - before and after:
Amazing, isn't it?!
This shawlette is so pretty that I almost want to tack it onto a wall for display:
OK, it's the towel rack in my bathroom, but you get the idea.
I sweated my way through a few poses with it yesterday afternoon - hey, it's 90 degrees, let's throw on some wool and stand outside for pictures, LOL:
One way to wear it...
Another way - this seems a little more modern, less rocking chair-style.
Have a great weekend!