This year, I was chatting with one of my volunteers and glanced down at the Briggs & Little Heritage shelf, and saw three skeins of yarn sitting side-by-side. And then I felt like I got smacked in the face with them.
Sometimes a yarn will misbehave and appear to disagree with anything you try to use it in, and us Knitter's and Crocheter's will have to resign ourselves to leaving that yarn alone until it tells you what it wants to be.
These three skeins SHOUTED what they wanted, and no matter how much I fought it, I couldn't ignore their demand. They wanted to be this:
|Natural White, Ragg, Sheep's Grey|
To get this, I held two strands together throughout the whole project. First, I held two strands of the natural white together, then one strand of natural white and one strand of ragg (itself a marled yarn), followed by two strands of ragg. To transition to sheep's grey, I repeated the process, holding one strand of ragg and one sheep's grey, followed by two strands of the grey.
I found the transition from the natural white into ragg was sharper than the image slammed in my head,and the transition from ragg to sheep's grey nearly invisible. But I can't bring myself to care because the end result was stunning!
I'd originally planned this cowl to be something like 30" long, but then I realized that was a ridiculous length, and also I would need more yarn - probably just an extra ball of the ragg, but I wanted to keep this within the three balls. It's actually a perfect size (about 18" long and 30" around). Easy to toss on and artfully fold in whatever way I need, whether as a fashionable cowl or obscuring most of my head and face when we hit -30C temps. And the textured stitch locks in heat, so I'm always nice and cozy in this sucker.
Why do I call it the #rightbrainmutany project, you ask? Folks, I'm not a monogamous knitter. I just realized the other day that while I own approximately 30 cords for my interchangeable needles, I only have 2 in my knitting case. I have a lot of wips. But this project? It DEMANDED my attention. I tried to work on other projects, but this one wouldn't allow it. My right brain took complete control and didn't let me go until this thing was off the needles.
I had this project done in 3 days, so I guess there's something to be said for monogaknitting. And let me tell you, it was a battle between brain sides when I had to be Not Knitting at the shop.
(Right brain often won.)