As I mentioned before, I participated in the "Swap the Seasons" fiber craft swap, hosted by CoggieTM of The High Fiber Diet podcast. MargoKP kindly sent me the loveliest hank of yarn - StrickenSmitten's Shimmer Glimmer in the Serendipity colorway.
I knew I had to do something special with this yarn, but I wasn't sure what. Until I found the Lady Magdalene Shawl by Kimberly Delacruz. Perfect!
I got the pattern all printed up, and did the cast on, then had to set it aside to work on some deadline projects. Well, I got the "have to-s" all finished, so I came back to this shawl.
The pattern is divided into four sections, which I liked as it keeps it from ever feeling overwhelming. Knit with a fingering weight yarn on size US 7 needles, the shawl knits up quickly while the finished project is the perfect size. The charts are clear, easy to read, and, most importantly, error free.
I love this yarn. The fiber content (50% Merino wool/50% silk) and it's softness, the drape, the color... It makes me happy just looking at it. Needless to say, I wanted to use it ALL. Fearing that I would have quite a bit left over when all was said and done, I added a repeat of chart 2.
Then I began running low on chart 3.
Knowing that I couldn't handle the trauma of ripping all the way back to take out the extra repeat, I began mentally running through my stash, trying to think of something that would go well with it.
I couldn't think of anything.
I began to plan a trip to my lys to buy some black yarn (which I decided was the perfect complementary color to the green), but decided to do a quick rummage through the stash, just to be sure. There is was! The perfect yarn -- Bristol Yarn Gallery's Buckingham in Black! Sadly, this yarn is now on closeout. Get some while you still can. It's truly lovely.
Okay, it was lace weight, but I decided that didn't really matter; I'd simply adjust. So I did, switching to size US 4 needles to keep the stitches looking even, I knit up chart 4 in the black, knowing that it would all come out in the blocking. And it did.