The original yarn that led me to pick out this pattern, was gifted to me by co-workers when I was leaving a company. It’s a beautifully hand-dyed skein of Handmaiden Fine Yarn Casbah Sock in orange-yellow-red-brown-black. Not wanting to knit a pair of socks, I searched for ages and sat on the yarn until I came upon the perfect pattern for the yarn: the Daybreak Shawl, for my man. The yarn is perfectly suited for his “colours” or whatever. He’s an autumn.
Anyway, I hunted for another skein of a similar yarn to alternate for the stripy part of the shawl. I wanted a dark brown or black to match, but came upon a bright orange. It does look fabulous with his new, European winter jacket from Amsterdam-based Scotch & Soda.
Took me about 5 months from start to finish, no real huge mistakes except for a re-start close to the beginning, when I decided to switch from greatly-variagated yarn at the top, to the shaded orange one instead. Worked out well, though it’s quite laborious knitting such a large garment in such a small gauge. Think I’m going to do something bulky next.