I know, I know...am I really going to knit the Viajante in the same colour that the designer used? Yes. Yes, I am. And I don't care how un-original that is either. I have given it some serious thoughts and I really can't see myself knitting this pattern with any other colour but this gorgeous red-y pink known as Wollmeise's Dornröschen (which means Sleeping Beauty in German). But no such colours existed in my lace stash and I really didn't want to start stalking updates again or trolling the stash pages on Ravelry. So I went digging in my stash again to see what I could find. I mentioned in my February Obsessions that I had discovered a few hanks of lace that I had totally forgotten about and hadn't even entered into my stash page yet. Sadly none of them came close to what I was wanting for my shawl.
I knew right off the bat that I wanted to use Wollmeise's Lace-Garn for this pattern. If this design is anything like Nuvem, I'll definitely want to use a yarn that has fabulous drape and will produce a nice light and airy fabric yet with somewhat of a weight to it. I knew that the Lace-Garn would definitely cover all of that. And judging from other knitter's experiences with yarn substitutions, nothing else could come close.
So it all came down to colour. My first thought was to knit Viajante in shades of black and grey, since those colours would go with absolutely everything in my closet. But I don't have any lace weight in those specific colours either. Plus, did I really want to knit that much black in such a fine weight? Hmm... back to the drawing board.
I have a few hanks of blue in the stash and there was one that really caught my eye. I had set that hank out for a day so that I could admire it for a while and try to picture it as a shawl and myself wearing it. But something was bugging me that I couldn't quite put my finger on. Halfway through the day as I was rushing around getting ready to go pick up the Munchkin from preschool, I threw on my Nuvem when it hit me. That blue hank that had caught my eye? Yeah, it was the same blue as my Nuvem!! Ugh! I can't have 2 massive shawls in the same colour. What's the point in that?? And how did I not notice that I had 2 hanks of pretty much the same colour?? Wow.
But if truth be told, from the very get-go, from the moment that I had set my eyes on this shawl, a huge part of me knew that I wanted this in red. Maybe it was the photo of Martina wearing the shawl as a hooded cape that made me think of Little Red Riding Hood (and my secret desire to own a red cape with a hood), or the idea of "fantasy Melissa" wearing this glorious shawl with a cute little black dress (maybe a Washi?) and leather boots, or with skinny jeans, a tee, and rain boots as I jut out on a sprinkling spring day to the store. And how chic would I look with a red Viajante thrown over an outfit of black straight-leg trousers, turtleneck, and denim jacket? Hmm...
Ok, I'm starting to get off track here. My lace collection consists mostly of blues, a few greens, and few variegated hanks that I know I won't like knit up in Viajante form. So what's a knitter determined to have a red Viajante to do? Why, they would put up an ISO post on Ravelry is what they would do! And so I did. I got a lot of responses to my knitterly pleas. Some good, some bad, and some we won't even talk about. In the end, I traded a few skeins and in return I got that bad boy of a hank that you see above. Isn't she a beaut? I haven't stopped petting her since her arrival. I'm seriously itching to wind her up and cast on Viajante now. But I can't. I won't. Boxy is still on the needles, I have a few test knits to complete, and there is a lot of sewing that needs to get done.
To say I'll be attempting to cram in as much crafting as I can this weekend is an understatement. I have a sneaking suspicion that I'll be having a few late nights. The fire department might have to be forewarned too...cause these needles of mine WILL be on fire! I can guarantee it. Will yours?
♥ Happy Weekend Knitting!! ♥