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.
A new baby is something to be celebrated, and this coming May, shop owner Kelley is going to welcome her second granddaughter. So exciting! I don't know about you, but I still have some of my own baby clothes saved carefully in my hope chest. These include a receiving blanket and a couple of handmade dresses; they're such wonderful keepsakes.
Kelley designed a future keepsake for her new grand baby, Claire—a hat fittingly named Clair's Baby Hat. It's knit with our new luxury yarn, Bravo, a 100-percent baby alpaca yarn, so it'll be warm, cozy, and beautiful. We are so proud of this luscious yarn!
I just finished repairing a baby blanket that had a hole in it. The owner was anxious to get it back, so it was a rush job. Oh, and the owner of the blanket is 14 years old! Isn't that great? It shows how important these blankies can be for children of all ages.
Shop owners Kelley and Jim are expecting their second grandchild, and Kelley has baby blankets on her mind. I thought I'd share a few options for those of you who need a shower gift or are expecting a baby of your own.
Our shop owner Kelley recently finished Ambah O'Brien's Adventurer Cowl, and during our weekly Technique Tuesday broadcasts on Facebook Live, she demonstrated a few techniques used in the project.
This project is really gorgeous, no matter if you choose a bunch of mini-skeins to work with, or just two colors like Kelley did.
And with so many techniques to practice, it's a great pattern for stretching your skills. Ambah wrote the Adventurer Cowl for advanced beginners and beyond, and if you're a beginning chart reader, the pattern includes both written and charted instructions for the lace.