The yarn that I used for this shawl is called Midnight, and it is hand dyed on an UltraLuxe(15% cashmere) base by Dani at Sunshine Yarns. I have become a devoted fan of Sunshine yarns since I discovered them. Dani, who was affected by the floods near Boulder, Colorado, has a color sense that suits my tastes perfectly, and her base yarns are divine. Her yarns have become my favorite yarns of all time, and I am carefully gathering a stash of them. This is what Dani says of this UltraLuxe yarn base:
"A delicious single-ply blend that you are sure to fall in love with! With 75% superwash merino, 15% cashmere and 10% silk, you will get incredible durability, softness and sheen. Needle size 2-4 US or 2.5 to 3.5 mm, and 6-7.5 stitches per 1 inch. Each skein is approximately 420 yards/100 grams. Handwash delicate and dry flat."
It was difficult for me to get a good image of this yarn because it is so dark and rich. A true, deep midnight blue with hints of lighter color that reminds me of stars. The image below is probably the closest to reality, but reality is darker and richer looking
|Fairly close to the true color, although it is still darker - it's almost black it is such a dark blue.|
The pattern is called the Geology Shawl by Very Busy Monkey, but I have to admit to doing a bit of "changing-it- up" in places. I had tried this shawl earlier this year, and it was a frustrating business for me. There were so many different stitch patterns involved (6), and many that I had never done. Of course, I like a challenge too, and so it did not take me long to give it another, much more successful go. I think loving the feel of this yarn was a big help. I couldn't put it down! It looks really nice on, but I have not decided if it will stay here or be a gift. We'll see. In the meantime I am finishing up a new cowl made from an interesting yarn called "Patina" from Skacel yarns. It's rayon content makes it shimmer. More on that soon!
|A bit too much purple in this image- and not dark enough, but the patterning shows up well!|
|A bit too light as compared to the real thing, but it's a good general idea if you can imagine a much deeper midnight color.|