It took me a few months to decide on a palette- I stalked the projects on Ravelry to see what I liked/didn't like. The ones I was drawn to the most were mostly neutrals, with a higher contrast "A" colour. So first thing- stash-diving. I found my skein of Sweet Georgia in Ultraviolet- an incredible deep rich ridiculously beautiful shade of purple. Hits of blue in there- it's a stunner for sure. This was the only yarn that never changed in any of my line ups. At this point I had no Hedgehog, or speckled yarns in my collection other than what I'd dyed myself and those were into greens/blues and wouldn't work. Between some misses ordering online and finally some sweet scores in person (found the Baah Yarns in LA on a work trip, and the Hedgehog at local shops) I had what I thought might work. It was a little stressful at first- that initial committment- because it really is an investment of time, and money- because we all know good yarn ain't cheap. This is where I was at- my line up in all it's glory. I pondered over this for several days before I had the courage to cast on and just go for it.
As soon as I cast on with the first two colours- I was in love. A little wary still, but in love. As I worked through the brioche section I didn't know if I had enough contrast between some yarns, or too much between others. At a certain point I just let go, figured- this will be what it will be. And I ended up with something I love more than anything else I've knit.
I took a million photos, managed to limit myself to 20 or so over on Ravelry. No touch ups or filters needed- this thing is pure heaven. I still haven't blocked it and I'm not sure I even will. Stitches look even and great- and while the garter section is more structured than the brioche, I love how dense and warm it is. I don't want it to grow too much as it's truly a great size and I suspect even with a steam it's going to get bigger. I'll cross that road when I need to wash it- till then it's perfect as it is.
I learned a few things about myself while I knit this- sometimes you have to give in and just trust yourself, your eye and what you're drawn to. I greatly increased my knitting speed with those long garter rows. It's been a really long time since I've done straight garter- and this certainly has a lot of it. It's perfect amount of brioche- there's only 2 kinds of increases, so this is a perfect first brioche project for those starting out- and nice easy brioche for those who might be getting re-acquainted like myself.
I LOVE this shawl!