Here we go. I did manage to make some progress on my shawl:
It’s at the point where it’s too big on the needle to spread out for a realy satisfactory picture. But I’ve still got a long way to go on it. No worries, because it is a fun knit and I’m enjoying the process.
Julie the Purple Chick had a good question in the comments:
I’m hoping you will recommend to me a shawl pattern. I am ordering the Riverside Cafe Lace Sampler pack from KnitPicks (6 different hanks of 440 yards each for a total of 2200 yards) and am a bit stumped about how to handle the use of six different colors. It seems some patterns would lend themselves better to bands of color than others. I’ve considered another option ~ holding two colors together throughout and switching the two-color combinations often to lessen the “jolt” of a clean-cut color change. And, just to make this a real challenge for you in terms of a recommendation ~ I want a fairly simple pattern. “Lace Aerobics” isn’t my sport.
My general rule of thumb: the more variegated the yarn, the simpler the pattern. I follow this rule in sock knitting, and it makes sense in lace knitting as well.
I’d go with a pattern like the Fiber Trends Leaf Lace Shawl. Or Susan Lawrence’s Forest Canopy Shawl. Or Evelyn Clark’s Shetland Triangle (which I just finished). Or Kiri, which has the advantage of being a free pattern.
A suggestion: if you are on Ravelry, look at all the projects made with Kauni Effektgarn 8/2 — that’s the self-striping yarn I made my Lismore from a few months ago. A bunch of people have used that yarn to make shawls. Browse through the project photos here (Ravelry link) for inspiration! It’ll give you a very good idea of what lace patterns look good in bands of color.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got some shawl knitting to attend to. And Lucy is busy arranging her little catnip quilt.