Sunday, July 24, 2011
I popped into John Lewis on Thursday, to look at some fabric for my Mum. The fabric department is right next the yarn department, and since there was a sale bin in plain view I just had to have a look! I think it must have been the tail end of the sale, because there was (thankfully!) slim pickings. There was quite a bit of cotton and linen which I was tempted to try, but the colours didn’t particularly appeal. This however, jumped out at me.
I’m thinking about pairing it with some cream Ethical Twist yarn to knit a Boneyard Shawl with the Three Country Shawl KAL group on Ravelry (because I clearly need another WIP…). I heard about the group in Episode 7 of the A Playful Day podcast (if you haven’t already listened to her podcasts, do check them out. She is so lovely!), and the current KAL designer is Stephen West.
I tried to knit a Boneyard Shawl a couple of years ago but I hated the yarn I was using, and I’ve always wanted to give it another go. I had a little stash dive and was thinking of knitting it with Ethical Twist on its own, but I’m not really in the mood for a cream shawl and I’m feeling far too lazy to dye it.
I think it could work if I striped these colours though. For some reason I feel like Stephen West patterns need cosy earthy sorts of colours, greys and browns and rusts, and this yarn (“Ochre”) plays right into that for me. It’s a very soft wool/cotton blend and it’s definitely reminiscent of those tubes of yellow/brown paint that I used to play with at school, but it also reminds me of autumn, squashes and pumpkin pie filling. I love it.