WIP: Which Came First—the Eggs or the Yarn?

In this case, the eggs came first and the yarn came later, as in I dyed the eggs first and used the leftover dye to create the yarn. Then I realized that sometimes you have to find the perfect yarn for the project, and other times you have to find the perfect project for the yarn. I’ve been in both situations, but because this yarn is so special, I had to find the project to fit the yarn.

The yarn started out as a blank (undyed) hank of Plymouth Yarn Happy Feet Dye-for-Me (DFM). Then, after an evening of dyeing Easter eggs, it was transformed into the hank pictured in Deb Gerish’s post on dyeing with food coloring. After admiring my yarn for a couple of days…I wound it…and ended up staring at if for another couple of days while I looked for a pattern.

wisteria shawl


wisteria shawl

Finally, I found THE pattern, the one that would make my hand-dyed yarn look its best: the Wisteria Shawl from Love of Crochet Summer 2012.

The Wisteria Shawl is a bottom-up pattern that is worked in a simple one-row repeat from Row 3 through the end of the pattern. The simplicity of this pattern threw me at first; truth be told, I actually got a little bored and almost changed patterns. In the end, the color changes were what kept me working this pattern. It’s so interesting to watch the colors pool completely unintentionally!

Now that I’ve finally started on the edging, I must admit that I altered the pattern ever so slightly. I did this for two reasons: 1) I wanted to put my own twist on the original, and 2) I wanted to use up as much yarn as possible. I mean, this yarn is one of a kind, so I didn’t want to waste any of it! I modified the edging to maximize my usage, and I’m pretty pleased with how it’s turning out.

Now all I have to do is finish and block the shawl and it will be ready to go. I’m so excited about this shawl—it’s the second one I’ve started but the first one I will finish—ever!
What do you think? Did I choose the right project for the yarn? Have you ever taken a project from dye to done? Let us know in the comments!

Happy stitching!

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