Back in May, I used the Shelridge Yarns Soft Touch Lace for my Time is Money shawl. In September I have used the fingering weight Soft Touch Ultra Solids for my colourwork cowl: Marble Floor Cowl. I knew that with Shelridge’s 50g skeins and the wide range of colours I could get the look I was going for and not end up with too much left over yarn.
On the Montreal side of the cowl, I wanted all 3 colours to show plenty of contrast against each other. I used Rust, Black, and Goldenrod. I like that the Rust & Goldenrod are both bright and rich colours:
On the Toronto side of the cowl I really wanted the little yellow bits in the middles to pop. I had originally thought about using a lighter colour, but I already had the Goldenrod in my stash & it worked perfectly. Since it’s the colour that ties both sides together, the brighter colour just works better:
Meanwhile, I have some other Shelridge Yarn that’s sitting in the stash waiting for the right inspiration: Touch Fine. It’s 80% merino, 10% cashmere, 10% nylon, and at 525 yards/100g, it’s a great weight for a shawl. My main dilemma is whether I use one skein for a medium-sized shawl or the two related skeins I have for a large two-colour shawl!
The Marble Floor Cowl sample is now with Lyn Gemmell of Shelridge Yarns & Cabin Fever. In fact the Marble Floor Cowl sample was lucky enough to go to the Kitchener-Waterloo Knitters’ Fair this past weekend and hang out at the Shelridge booth! I also sent some patterns to keep it company. The cowl will be hanging out at Eliza’s Buttons and Yarn in Barrie until Rhinebeck – and then it hits the road for the New York Sheep & Wool Festival. I can’t believe that’s just a month away!