I posted about finishing my “Garbage” version of Veera Valimaki’s “Color Affectation” shawl. Here are more photos and details about knitting it. This shawl was created, entirely, from a bag of leftover yarns from multiple projects. There was no specific color scheme. Many of the yarns looked a lot alike, and I wasn’t sure how they would work together. They are all of the same fingering weight, but are of different (unknown, at this point!) materials. So, I wet-blocked the shawl and let it air-dry.
I labeled the remnants “garbage” in my head, and promised myself that if it looked awful when finished that I would be fine with that. I could throw it away, or use it wrap around something for protection – knitted fabric is always useful for something. But, of course, stripes are magic and make everything look interesting. The power of color should never be under-estimated. Even though I teach on the subject, and have knit countless projects with striping, I marvel at the magic that it has, every single time.
I wore the shawl to work, and got tons of compliments. If I had tried to coordinate colors, this shawl wouldn’t exist, and I already know this is going to be a favorite! From a distance, this shawl absolutely glows. Some colors dominate, but the subtle colors are supporting the entire effect.