Thank goodness for paranoid duplicate-save-obsessions! I make it a habit to always download and save a copy of any knitting pattern I’ve picked up on Ravelry – I know you can save patterns to a cloud by adding them to your “library”, but cloud saves are login-dependent, and I worry about what would happen if my entire online world crashed and burned. Turns out, this was sensible! Since I’ve not had even slightly enough time or energy to devote to recovering my lost Ravelry account (don’t ask, long story), having a folder full of all my saved patterns has really been a life-saver.
I’ve been working on my Ravenwing Shawl on and off, working with my lovely raven handspun that still refuses to be photographed true-to-colour. I haven’t made much progress, Life and Time being what they are, but I’m still very pleased with how the yarn is taking to the pattern. I know a lot of people using the In The Pink shawl pattern like to use dramatically variegated yarns, to make the most of the spiral design, but personally I think patterns like this look best in either a single colour or a sufficiently complex tweedy colour, to show the pattern elements and shaping more clearly.
I can’t wait to see how the finished shawl looks. Part of me wishes I’d waited and picked up some black, deep purple or pewter beads to add as I worked – the scattered holes that make up the inner edge of the spiral arms of the shawl look like tattered holes into space, and I imagine they’d look amazing with scattered beads glinting in there, to say nothing of the eventual feathered bird-wing edges of the shawl. I suppose I can always do that with the next shawl I make. I imagine this yarn would look amazing as a Shipwreck shawl, or Celestarium, both use delicate, subtle beading to great effect.
Of course, there’s no way I have enough fibre here for two shawls, and in any case plying the singles for the Ravenwing is making the yarn far too thick for either of those shawls. I’ll need to order more fibre to spin up for that (oh, the horror!). Maybe I’ll experiment a bit modify the blend some. I’d love to see what the deep, complex blues and purples of the fibre look like without the distraction of glittery thread, and I imagine the finished yarn will also be a lot less fuzzy without it, too. Maybe I’d add more black, or perhaps I’d throw in extra purple a shade lighter than the rest, to pull the fibre more towards the violet end of the spectrum.
Whatever happens, I’ll be sure to let you guys know!
- More Ravenwing Yarn Photos (whippedstitches.wordpress.com)
- WIP-Cracking Wednesday: Testing (secretlifeofyarn.wordpress.com)
- Juneberry Triangle Shawl (summityarnstudio.wordpress.com)
- Freebie Fridays (whippedstitches.wordpress.com)
- Ravelry Mondays – Spring Shawl Edition (whippedstitches.wordpress.com)