You knew you'd see this one again soon, didn't you? I'm still working along on it and I'm still dragging it around in public. It curls up nicely in my lap while I work, so it's still getting to go places with me. I've had a couple of questions in the comments about this and about Logan, so I thought I'd answer them today.
I'm planning on making the Medium size of Cambridge and according to the pattern yardage listed, I bought 5 skeins of the Madelinetosh Pashmina. I'm on the second skein now and I'm not even to the halfway point of the skein. The shawl is looking pretty big and I'm getting to the halfway point on it. My guess is that I'll probably only use 4 skeins of the Pashmina to make this shawl, but I'm pretty sure I can find a use for the other skein. I'm not alternating skeins, but before I started, I laid out all 5 skeins and put them in order so the colors blended. (Yes, they are all purple, but it's handdyed and there are variations from skein to skein.) I think this is going to work since there is a texture to the shawl itself and while the purple in the skeins is within a pretty narrow range on the color wheel, it's not a solid colored yarn in any way, shape or form. The play of colors in the yarn and the texture of the shawl should pretty well camouflage the changing of skeins. If you look at the top edge of the shawl about 2/3 of the way across from the point there is a dark spot (it shows up better in photos than in real life). That dark spot was actually near the end of the first skein and it was all in the first skein. The place where the second skein was added in isn't visible on the shawl. All this is just to say that I think my plan to not alternate skeins every two rows and just add a new one when I get to it has worked so far - at least when I changed from skein 1 to skein 2.
There have also been a couple of questions about Little Logan. Logan is a Golden Retriever but he's not an American style Golden Retriever. Logan is an English or European style Golden Retriever and while the only mention of color in the breed standard is that the dog must not be white or too dark (like mahogany), dogs bred to this standard tend to be lighter than the American type of Goldens. Logan is actually fairly dark for this type of Golden (the English/European). He's about the color of a lightly toasted marshmallow with yellow red ears. There are some differences in temperament between the American Goldens and the English/European Goldens but the intelligence, sweetness, friendliness, and general suspicion that your dog might have been dropped on his head at some point are the same. (Goldens are crazy, ask anyone who has one.) There are a few breeders here in the US who are breeding this type of Golden, but they're few and far between. We actually got Logan from a breeder in Ontario, Canada (Chrys-Haefen) and he's registered in the CKC, not the AKC (Chrys-Haefen Little Logan TK421 - bonus points if you can figure out the TK421.) If there are any more questions about Logan (and I don't mind at all), please feel free to PM me on Ravelry (PinkLemon) - that's easier than posting email addresses on the Internets.
Labels: Logan, shawls