Hooray for the sun coming out this week. It's made the light, open and summery shawl I've been working on seem a little less ridiculous.
I originally made the pattern with Autumn in mind, which I think you can tell by the colours I used first time around. But, as it's quite a simple and quick thing to whip up and the options for colour combining are numerous, I couldn't resist making another. This time I had spring in mind, after making a tester piece in softer pastel shades.
I didn't have quite enough of the right sort of thing in stash (always the way) and I liked the idea of making a cotton version, so I had to go yarn hunting. I came away with a yarn I haven't tried before, Rico Baby Cotton DK and it's very nice. A nice soft cotton with some lovely shades. I even went wild and picked out some variegated yarn. Well, not that wild, it's only a semi-solid really but still, a little departure from the norm nonetheless.
I added in a soft mint green and a pale blue from yarn I did have at home (Drops Safran) and was happy with my selection. I'd made what I thought was a brand new little colour palette but the subconscious mind is a powerful thing and when I got home I realised that the colours, except one, were almost the same as my little tester piece. Ok, a little bit of a fluke but obviously the colours were on my mind, so not that strange...
But, mark the sequel. On a whim at the shop I'd thrown in that stronger pink. I wasn't sure about it but quite liked it so thought I'd throw it in to try out and decide then. I started making up the shawl with the hot pink and was a good few rows (and days) in when I suddenly noticed my my dress hanging on my wardrobe, bought a week or two before. Look at those colours. The pale blue, the darker blue, the grey, the mint green, the pale pink and yes, the darker pink is there too!
So, decision made. The hot pink stays and I have the perfect summer dress to wear with this shawl.
Ok, so the shawl is now a summer shawl and not a spring one but I think I'll cope. After all, there are always other colour ideas to be tried out.
I also want to say a big thank you for the wonderful response to this pattern so far.
To all the lovely people who have kindly purchased the pattern or left a kind comment, I really appreciate your support and I'm so glad that people seem to be liking it and are finding wonderful colour combinations of their own. Yippee!
: : SUMMER RICICLES : :
Pattern: Ricicles Shawl
Hook: 3.5mm (E)
Rico Baby Cotton:
2 - Pale pink solid
5 - Pink and rose print
6 - Denim and light blue print
8 - Grey and white print
13 - Violet solid
3 - Mint green
50 Light ice blue