So far today I have been resting my hands and ignoring the yelps for attention coming from my project bag. I have been winding yarn
and, departing from the habit of a lifetime, swatching (even if I did swatch flat for an in-the-round project…)
It kind of looks OK.
It will do.
It will be a Rivington Cowl and will make a fine ferry knitting project.
I was swatching for colour, rather than for gauge, and to see if the difference in the texture and weight of the yarns would work together in a pleasing manner. I am happy enough.
Both yarns are a silk and merino blend. The yardages are very close for equal weight, but the Spice Road yarn is much thicker and loftier than the finer and more dense Chocolate Mousse. It works out, I think – the drape and handle will be similar and the added texture in the coloured lace section may give a pleasing effect. I swatched on 3.5 mm needles due to the fineness of the Chocolate yarn – this is the yarn that will be used for the lace edging so my needle size is weighted towards having a good looking lace section. The pattern calls for 4 mm needles. I may add a few extra rounds to compensate in the height dimension, if yardage permits. Extra rows will most likely turn up in the Striped Lace stitch section.
I am feeling comfortable with this decision. Hurrah.
Next decision: shall I adapt the pattern and put a Möbius twist into it?