What seems like a long time ago now, I started knitting a Camilla shawl for myself. It was an addictive knit and I sped through it. And while I knew from the beginning the shape was not really my style, I ignored those nagging feelings for a variety of reasons: Carrie's patterns are so beautiful, it was impeccably styled on the model, my friend Vibeke's version was so outrageously gorgeous, etc. But as was no real surprise, once I was done knitting the love affair was over and my poor Camilla languished, finished but unblocked, stuffed in a project bag for months.

But I have been closely following (and drawing strength and motivation from) Felicia's Stash Less undertaking. So I unraveled Camilla over the Thanksgiving holiday. This yarn was a generous and beautiful gift and it's silly and wasteful for it to sit unused. Back into balls it went, sorted by dye lot (as you can see above, I have two) and the moment it was wound up again I cast on for Orlane's textured shawl.

I have loved this simple pattern from the first time I saw it. I planned to make it in Tosh Merino Light in Opaline - a speckled, purple-y colorway that I became slightly obsessed with after seeing it at my LYS. But this is a bad habit that I really need to break: I fall in love with a colorful skein, and go searching for the "perfect" project for it. Colorful skeins, especially hand dyed ones, are just so incredibly enticing. They shimmer like jewels in the yarn store, like candy in a dish. But. I do NOT wear color. This has been true since high school and I don't see it ever changing. I'm happiest in neutrals; I'm always drawn towards neutrals, and I greatly appreciate the subtle differences between colors-that-aren't-colors. And, rather than find a pattern to fit a yarn, my new goal is to find patterns that fit my style and wardrobe needs, and worry about which yarn to make them in afterwards. Also: my super tight budget, and those minimalist goals I'm always going on about. See how this all collides nicely?

It's hard to unravel a finished object. (Other than this, I think I've only done it once.) It even made the non-knitters I was with uncomfortable. But I am so, so glad I did - in fact now I'm wondering what took me so long. This time, I'm actually dying to wear just what I'm making. Hurray for restrictions, as Felicia so perfectly said. And hurray for stash less.


  1. Brave you - all that work! It reminds me of when I'm not happy with an small area of a drawing or painting and know it'll be so much work to change. I love the subtle variations in colour that seem stronger in your new piece.

  2. It's so beautiful! And yay you for taking the plunge and unravelling.

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