Everyone at Classic Elite Yarns is a little shawl crazy. We can’t help it. Not only are we knitters, but there is literally a warehouse full of yarn only a few feet from our desks. And the fact that almost every day there is a new shawl pattern released via the internet doesn't help.
The one that we all seem to be obsessed with (this week, anyway) is Nymphalidea by Melinda VerMeer from Knitty Deep Fall 2013.
It all started with a good friend of ours, Jane. She knit the shawl using 1 ball of Liberty Wool Light Print (color 6698 Blue Twilight) and 1 ball of Liberty Wool Light Solid (color 6617 Brick). And we all just fell in love with it.
Shortly thereafter Betsy went on a trip and needed some good airplane knitting. You know…simple enough to memorize the pattern, but not so simple that she would be bored. That’s when she had the idea to make the same shawl out of the same yarn, but in different colors (she used LWLP 6606 Reflecting Pool and LWLS 6615 Bright Olive).
As I was writing this post Diane, another friend of CEY, came in to visit. And what had she just finished? A Nymphalidea of course! She also used Liberty Wool Light for her print. But for her solid she used Soft Linen. Genius!
And the way she used the color of the Liberty Wool to make a gradient shawl is stunning. Truly beautiful!
Now I have the bug. But instead of using Liberty Wool Light, I decided to use some Alpaca Sox that I had in my stash (you know it’s for more than just socks, right?). I already had a skein of 1853 Pastel Pizzazz, but needed a solid to go with it. At first I tried 1828 Charcoal, but I decided it was too dark. So I soon as I came into work the other day I raced to the shelves to see what I could find. I settled on 1895 Byantine Purple and I think it is going to work much better. What do you think?
I like my shawls a little bigger, so I am going to keep going until I have a size I like, which the larger skeins of the Alpaca Sox will allow me to do…it has a generous 450 yards on a hank.
Between the Liberty Wool Light Prints and Solids and the Alpaca Sox Handpaints and Kettle Dyed there are a TON of possible combinations for this shawl. I even think 2 colors of Alpaca Sox in Kettle Dyed would be really awesome (I am thinking 1880 Wasabi and 1807 Viridis personally).
What if you love the shawl, but want something in a lighter weight yarn? Silky Alpaca Lace has lots of hand painted colors and solids that coordinate back to each other. And because of the way the pattern is written (starting at one point and increasing until you either run out of yarn, your shawl is big enough, or you are ready to move onto another project) it is super easy to adjust your gauge.
Another great option would be two colors of Firefly. Firefly has amazing drape and sheen to it and would make a great summer accessory.
Are you as shawl crazy as we are?
P.S. Now I just need to figure out how to pronounce the name of this shawl!