What do you do when faced with casting on either mittens (personal generic warm kids’ mittens pattern) or the Tulip Dreams shawl?

You cast on for something entirely different of course – Marin shawl by Ysolda Teague. Knit end to end, the pattern has occasional small cable twists that suggest ties – a very elegant and easy design element. The pattern calls for the equivalent of one skein of Fiber Optic Yarns Siren Song (70% superwash merino/30% seacell). In the realm of fiber arts projects, this one is a brief fling – a short sweet love affair. I’m knitting mine in the Kentucky Blue colorway, an eye-searing pop of true blue. A cheerful antidote against the snowy white landscape here this week.

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