Two birthdays ago I splurged and bought myself some Colinette Tao in a stunning colour called Ginger Cinnabar. It was pretty expensive and a treat and at first, I thought I’d make a hat with it.
Nearly two years later and I still haven’t made that hat. But it sits in a dish on my coffee table and I think about it often. This weekend, I knew the time had come to finally address what to do with those two small skeins of pure silk.
The colour is a sun soaked concentration of orange. Look at that sheen! It feels as soft and wonderful as it looks.
Orange was never colour I was overly fond of so buying this silk was quite an experiment. I was wanting to test it so buying something small and luxurious that might make a striking accessory seemed better than launching into say a bright orange cardigan.
But for nearly two years I just wasn’t sure. I’d looked at Ravelry to see what others made out of it and it seemed everyone made pretty plain scarves. Yawn. I felt uninspired. And when I sat down to consider starting a beret yesterday, I discussed with my Brains Trust the virtues of silk as a hat that would need to keep its shape. All in all, it seemed risky. A silk blend would be better – something with some merino to give it that capacity to bounce and not sag or flop.
The yardage with this stuff isn’t huge. I needed something small, pretty and interesting – that is, not a scarf. I found and started a little triangular shawl pattern called 198yds. of heaven. I’ve got 252yds so maybe I can go a bit over. We’ll see. I don’t want to waste a skerrick of silk!
It’s full of pretty leaves. Who doesn’t love a leaf motif in lace? And I’ve knit the first 22 rows twice because I made a foolish error last night and began it over breakfast again this morning. Voila! I imagine this will be incredibly fast.
The silk is beautiful to work with. It was so humid here last night and it ran through my fingers like cool water. Bliss.
Lest anyone should think I’m going through a bout of randomly starting new stuff and not finishing anything, my Kei Mei socks are done but can’t be revealed until they are given to the intended recipient. Finishing them yesterday, I knew I was going to permit myself to start something new, small and thrilling using something beautiful from the stash, rather than buying something new.
This shawl fits the bill. It’ll give me nearly instant gratification in so many ways.
Are you sitting on some luxurious yarn you’re saving for ‘one day’? I dare you – go ahead and make something with it today!