My second shawl was Percy where one too many yarn overs had me pulling my hair out. But it turned out perfectly (after I unknit about 20 rows). It turned out so pretty I was tempted to make it twice, but I'm all about forward motion so Percy II will just have to wait.
And so we get to my third shawl - a mystery shawl. I purchased some yarn from Sarah's Yarns called Ruby Red, it's 60% kid mohair and 40% silk. Mohair is usually kind of rough, but the silk toned it down a lot:
It's kind of a berry color, and really, really hairy which means no ripping back. Fortunately for me, I chose a pattern that is relatively simple:
I cast on tonight and, merciful heaven, there's only 2 charts to follow. Yay! The pattern says to repeat chart #1 as many times as I want, which in my case means I can knit the chart until I start looking for the gasoline, or until I think the shawl is big enough. That's great news for me.
My only concern is that the shawl is red and hairy and I won't know if I really like it until I'm well into it. It's going to need a home because I can't think of anyone who wants to wear a red, hairy (but soft) shawl. Where does one wear a red shawl anyway? Do I make it and give it away with a Christmas tree shawl pin? I can't think about it right now, but I'll find someone whose favorite color is red and who will wear a shawl.
Since I must have some angst in my life, I'm giving myself two weeks to make this shawl because I want to make something besides a shawl this month. I need more hand knit socks, and I have a baby item on the needles that I need to get done before the baby outgrows it. You hear that Anonymous T?
Since my plate is full again, I'd better get started.