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.
P.S. Have you knit this shawl? What was your color-choice process? Leave a comment and share it with me.
There's nothing like a pair of handknit socks. You can use gorgeous sock yarn, choose your stitch pattern, and take them with you wherever you go. One thing I've learned over the years is how to customize socks to fit my feet, and I like a rounded toe. It's important for me because my feet are fairly straight across the toes, and a pointy toe just ends up flopping around empty.
Kelley likes a rounded toe, too, and she's developed a recipe for making them for her toe-up socks. She creates her rounded toe by spreading out the increases, separating them with a growing number of knit rounds in-between.
It's summertime, and the knitting is breezy. Here are 5 great patterns to cast on (and wear!) during the summer months.
Never stop knitting, regardless of the heat!
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