by Kathleen Cubley June 19, 2018 2 min read

I fell in love with Malabrigo Mechita when I was knitting my Starting Point Wrap—it's the gray color, and I so looked forward to those sections. (No, I'm not done with this, but I'm close! I have both halves done, and I'm working on the center finishing.)

When the new speckled colorways showed up in the shop, I simply had to have it. But I like to have a plan for my yarn, so I thought I would finally take on Andrea Mowry's Find Your Fade shawl. I know so many people who've knit this shawl, and it's always gorgeous.

I saw a great example knit with the new Mechita colors, from Kelley at Fancy Tiger Crafts, and I was inspired.

For my shawl, though, I don't want the blue sections. The plan is to go from yellow to red to dark red/charcoal, sort of like Andrea's shawl. So I ordered up seven colors of Mechita, hoping for the best.

I got 90% best, which I think is pretty good! I thought a rose color might be a good transition, and boy was I wrong! Here are the six colors that I think work:

The colors are, from left to right: Renaissance, Carnival, Paprika, Glitter, Aureo, and Frank Ochre. There's a space in the middle waiting for a transitional color. I ordered a skein of Volcan, shown below right, and I'm going to order a skein of Art Nouveau, below left.

I don't know, it's hard to pick! I'm leaning toward Volcan, but I'll have to see it in person. Maybe I'll just knit the shawl with the colors I have, but I really do think there's a transition color missing.

The rose color that doesn't work is at right. Nope!!

If I were willing to get something other than Mechita, know I could find a good color easily, but I don't want to do that. I love this yarn, and I want it all to feel the same. Am I crazy?

I'll keep you updated, friends.

UPDATE: The Vulcan worked! Art Nouveau was way too green.

Cheers,

P.S. Have you knit this shawl? What was your color-choice process? Leave a comment and share it with me.

Kathleen Cubley
Kathleen Cubley



Also in Alpaca Direct Blog

How to Fix Common Knitting Mistakes (& the Simple Ribbed Hat Free Pattern!)
How to Fix Common Knitting Mistakes (& the Simple Ribbed Hat Free Pattern!)

by Kathleen Cubley March 27, 2020 2 min read 0 Comments

Sometimes you just need an easy project to work on, and Kelley's new free pattern, the Simple Ribbed Hat, is the perfect cast-on for times like these.

We debuted this pattern on a recent Technique Tuesday on Facebook Live, and Kelley used it to demonstrated how to fix a few common mistakes knitters make all the time (even a pro-level knitter like Kelley!).

You'll learn how to fix dropped stitches, turn purls into knits, and fix incorrectly oriented stitches.

Read More
How to Knit Jogless Stripes and Make Izzy Dolls
How to Knit Jogless Stripes and Make Izzy Dolls

by Kathleen Cubley March 19, 2020 2 min read 0 Comments

Have you heard of Izzy Dolls? They're darling little toys that are included in aid packages, and are sometimes a child's first toy. Designer Esther Braithwaite has developed many patterns for Izzy Dolls, sometimes called Comfort Dolls, and they're available free in her Ravelry store. 

Kelley fell in love with them and decided to feature Izzy Dolls on her weekly Facebook Live broadcast, Technique Tuesday.

Read More
Our Store Is Closed Due to Covid-19 (But Our Website Is Open!)
Our Store Is Closed Due to Covid-19 (But Our Website Is Open!)

by AD Staff March 16, 2020 1 min read 0 Comments

After a great deal of careful consideration, we are temporarily closing our store from March 16 until March 30. We believe that is the right thing for our community to do all we can to help keep one another safe in this unprecedented moment. 
Read More