It's another gloomy grey day here in South Wales and spring seems as far off as ever so I'm bringing some colour into it by working on my Wonderwool shawl. It is designed to make the most of those single skeins of gorgeous hand-dyed yarn by pairing with a solid commercial yarn. Using the two yarns really makes the hand dyed colours pop and as a bonus you get a good sized shawl at the end. We've taken the basic motif from our Wonderwool blanket as the starting point then built up a geometric pattern in the two yarns.
For the sample shawl, I've paired the colourful "Kaleidoscopic Rainbow" from Woolly Wumpkins with West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4-ply in Liquorice. The black WYS yarns forms the perfect backdrop for the amazing colours in the Woolly Wumpkins yarn and makes the geometric pattern stand out. I don't normally enjoy working with black yarn but last week I was lucky enough to have a week in the Caribbean and somehow the tropical light made it much more pleasurable.
I've planned the geometric shapes of the shawl carefully and if my maths skills are up to scratch, there should be the perfect amount of yarn to finish it. But I did decide to weigh what was left this morning just to put my mind at ease.
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