Pattern: Winnowing by Bristol Ivy
Yarn: Loft in Faded Quilt
I totally fell in love with this pattern when it came out Wool People Vol. 2, so I ordered the yarn and bought the pattern that same day. I love the look of the pattern- lacy but not frilly. It's grounded but lets a bit of sun peek though. A couple of days after I ordered my yarn, I read Bristol's blog and she mentioned the patterned was inspired by Iowa corn fields. I wish I had ordered the yarn in a beautiful green, but it was too late. Maybe I'll have to make another one some day...
I really loved this pattern, even though knitting it was incredible tedious. When you finish the main charted section, it feels like you should be over 50% done, but the knitted border is what really takes the most time. I posted some information on my Ravelry page about what I'd do differently if I made the shawl again, so if you're interested in knitting be sure to check that out. The last 10% of the shawl was pretty nerveracking because I was afraid I was going to run out of yarn. Luckily I had enough to fudge the ending. When the designer says it takes all of the 3 skeins, she isn't kidding.
|Shawl in the blocking process. Thank heaven for blocking wires!|
I'm not crazy about the faded quilt colorway. I was hoping it would have more blue flecks, but it's mostly a grey. I'm considering the possibility of overdying the shawl in black. I'm hesitant to do so because the entire point of buying a Brooklyn Tweed yarn is for the color variations within the yarn, but it's rather "blah" to me. I'd certainly never knit a shawl like this using black yarn for fear of going blind. I think it might worn more in outfits if I dyed it black, but in it's current state it makes for a good shawl to keep at work. Decisions, decisions. Does anyone have any advice?