Off the needles

I tell you honestly that on the needles, this Color Affection shawl doesn’t look/feel/act like something with an EIGHT FOOT wingspan. It feels like a normal shawl…albeit it took an awful long time to knit across one of the border rows. I cast on for the Color Affection shawl in the Reno airport while I was waiting for my friend Toni on the way to SOAR a few weeks ago. Since then, this has been my only fiber-related project. I know a few weeks isn’t a long time, but as far as being faithful to a single project, this is pretty much a lifetime and a half for me. Yesterday I finished casting off (a two day process because of the few hundred stitches in the border – sorry, I don’t know exactly how many – I didn’t count), washed, and blocked it out.

I love it! I love the Texas-sized wingspan with the bold architectural lines. I’m enchanted by the way that the colors in all three gradients play with each other, changing colors and how up close they look so much bolder and stronger than when you take a couple steps back and see how they softly shift from cream at the top to darker, richer shades around the border.

I’m dreaming of curling up under this wrap with one (or two, three…maybe all four) of my children this winter and reading bedtime stories.

In the meantime, I pulled out a beautiful spindle crafted by Tom Forrester that I purchased out at SOAR and some fluff that I had begun spinning while vending at the market. The market slows way down when the students are in class so there is plenty of time to socialize with other vendors, hang out, and buy fun fiber toys like this one. Can you see the lovely wood burning in the whorl? I’m completely taken with the detail on the small spider…and when you give it a spin, the spider web looks like a spiral spinning outwards from the center. Aside from being perfectly balanced (which it is), and finely crafted (which it also is), it’s a complete joy just to watch it turn.

The fiber on the spindle is 50% cashmere/50% silk that is a new (for us) fiber. It’s luxuriously soft and sparkly and I’m enjoying the spinning of it immensely. It has a bit of French talc in it to help the shorter staple length of the cashmere draft easily and evenly with the longer staple length of the silk. The majority of the time, you wouldn’t know it was even there, but occasionally a ultra-fine powder can be seen, which should wash out during the blocking. It comes in 2 ounce braids and will be offered for the first time in this Saturday’s online store update. I’m spinning a 2-ply sport weight yarn that I’m planning on using to knit the Faberge Cowl for the holidays. I have one of the plies completed and ready in a plying ball – it looks so luxurious and fancy!

I’m currently searching out small pearl beads that will work well with the vibrant blue and provide an elegant foil against the deep blue shimmer of the yarn.

One Response to “Off the needles”

  1. Mel says:

    The shawl is more beautiful in person! If I recall the debate on which gradients to use and in what order was a very tedious task. I think the final product is more impressive than I ever imagined it would be. If only I had the time to spend on knitting projects like this one. Not sure I will ever be as fast or as good as Kimber but it gives me something to strive for.