So its Monday morning again and lilac week is over and I couldn't be more heart broken. Even as I was taking Tosh out for a walk around the block I was being taunted by the fact it is over. Last Monday morning I was enjoying a fresh spring morning with beautiful lilacs on every property and an aroma on the air. This Monday morning it was hot and sunny and dead lilac petals were being blown all over the place. I have consoled myself with the fact that this mean summer is right around the corner (ooh new colourways coming) and that I can always dye and knit lilac.
But needless to say, I had a bad enough attitude about the whole situation that I had to turn to twitter to request a featured colourway choice, because honestly, nothing was going to compare. But of course, some smarty pants picked Big Sound Squall, so I have to pull myself together and start thinking about summer on the bay.
I love this colour. It is one of my signature colours (aka look at my logo). I haven't knit with it yet, but based on the number that head out in the mail, I know most people feel the same way about this colour. Most of the time it is black, I categorize squall in my neutrals. But in the right lighting you can see the depth in this colour, the shades of navy, teal and turquoise shine through. It exemplifies about what I most love about kettle dyed yarns. The subtle tonality.
With this dark of a yarn you want to pick patterns that are subtle, complex stitch patterns will disappear into the dark water. Pick a pattern that has a squishy stitch pattern like garter and an interesting construction or shape. Here are a few that I think might fit the bill perfectly.
Any sweaters by Joji Locatelli would be perfect. She works with simple stitch patterns and unique garment shapes. In my opinion Pole would be perfect in Hennessy Aran in Squall. In her pattern description she states you REALLY need to use a yarn that can be blocked to make this cardigan. The circular piece of the body is built using short rows to form wedges that won’t look good unless you really block them out. So I strongly recommend you use a yarn that hasn’t got any acrylic in its content! Hennessy Aran is a perfect fit for this.
For a shawl, I would recommend Stripe Study Shawl by Veera Välimäki. Interesting shape and construction and shape. Pairing with a contrast colour is perfect. Just make sure not to pick something too light, and if you do, wash your swatch to guarantee no dye release. I can cook and cook squall, but because it is SUCH a dark colour, there is always a bit of a risk of a touch of release regardless of what I do. But paired with the right colour, this could be a perfect pairing in any of my fingering weight bases, just depending on what feel you want, or what you might have hanging around in your stash.
So, stop by the shop and pick up some squall this week, which is on sale until next Monday. Hopefully you can console the ending of lilac week with some dark blue yarn.