I don’t quite know how I discovered Marc Smollin’s work, but I did.  He designs really color and bold. I fell in love with the pattern megalodon immediately when it was released a year ago but it has taken me this long to get it on my needles.  What I liked about the pattern was that it used some really basic techniques (garter and stockinette stitches, basic lace increases and short rows) that come together in a really interesting way that really shows off colors.  Plus, every picture of a completed one I’ve seen has looked great.  As you know, I’m stash-busting this year (or half a year) by going cold sheep and not purchasing yarn and it turned out that I had an embarrassment of riches when I went to pick out what I wanted my colors to be.  I only needed three, but I settled on four.  For my base color, I’m using natural wool from Ross Farm Fibers that I purchased at the Finger Lakes Fiber Festival last fall.  I love this yarn.  It’s Leicester long wool and a really rich dark brown/black color.  This base color really makes color B pop.  (Although, you’ll see in the photos below that color B probably didn’t need help popping.)  For the short row wedges, I chose a bamboo yarn I got as my travel souvenir when I was in Huntsville last summer.  This was locally made yarn that was made just for the shop that we stopped at (Mad props to my Huntsville friends for finding a yarn shop even though they aren’t textile people!) and it is such a bright color.  If it hadn’t been the home yarn, I probably never would have bought anything in this color, but it is very Springy so I’m very happy to have it.  For the stockinette insets, I’ve gone with some handspun made by a friend of mine (Joy Killjoy, the ’52 Spitfire) that I’ve had for a couple of years now but I just haven’t found the right project for.  It is a lovely shade of teal and I have enough of it that it will appear again in at least one more project.  Also for the stockinette insets I have some sinfonia sport cotton yarn that I used for one of my first pairs of socks.  It is a variegated blue and I think it adds just the right about of whimsy to make you look at something other than the bright green bamboo.  I started this shawl while I had the flu over spring break, and both of these things cut into the productivity of my dissercation, but what can you do.  If you’re not well, you’re not well.  (And, if you’re not well, you really need something to distract yourself from that feeling!)  The garter stitch main sections were great because they required almost zero concentration, which is what I had to give.  I can’t wait to be done with this shawl so I can show it off!


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