Finally finished. The yarn is my own hand dyed on a fingering base I'm calling Soft Fingering. It's 100% superwash merino, 3 ply with an amazing 490 yards per 100 grams. It's one of those bases that I'll have in the shop on and off, but probably won't stock super regularly. The colors are Sweet Clover and Astilbe.
I was inspired to dye the Sweet Clover this summer when the clover was blooming in the yard around the studio. It's a lovely soft, aged pink just the like the Sweet Clover blooms as they fade.
I started the shawl without a ghost of an idea of what I was going to use for the contrast edge. I just knew that some color would pop into my head and Astilbe was that color.
Shown, appropriately enough with some Astilbe plucked from a friend's yard.
This shawl was the kind of easy, gentle knitting that was easy to drag around with me last summer. It took countless trips out on the lake, was worked on around the campfire and over coffee with friends. I was kind of sad when it was done. The genius of the design is that while simple and pleasant to knit, it's still an engaging finished shawl/scarf that's infinitely wearable.