Ravelry can be both a curse and a cure. Easy, instant access to a world of knitting patterns is great; however, the number of patterns available can be overwhelming at times. A few days ago I was browsing on Ravelry - clicking and adding to my queue with reckless abandon. Time has a way of evaporating when you're on Ravlery. Finally, after much debate, I settled on a pattern.
I'm having a spring fling with a couple of new colorways and chose Picabeau for a skein of Paula Orchid. This colorway isn't on the website yet. Give me a few days.
Paula is 100% Superwash Blue Faced Leicester - smooth, lustrous, almost silky. I love working with it, and this time around is no exception.
Picabeau has two sections - an increase section and a decrease section. The increase section is made up of 8 16-row repeats. I finished the 8 repeats and then paused. At this point the pattern has the option of working additional repeats until you've used half of your yarn. Did I want to make the shawl a little bigger? Did I want to use as much of the yarn as possible? The answer was yes. I'm a terrible judge of how much is left on a ball of yarn, so I put it on the scale.
It weighed in at 63 grams. Since I started with 100 grams, I still have a few grams to go. I don't want to cut it too close, so I'll stop when I get to 52 or 53 grams. It's less stressful on the other end if I have a little cushion.
My color inspiration this week is in keeping with the season. Dyeing eggs can produce subtle color shifts and variations.