My brain was fried yesterday. After finishing those socks, I wanted to knit something new. So, I went to the stash and pulled out my favourite yarn--Koigu--to make the Charlotte's Web Shawl for my Memere--the one I promised many, many months ago.
I like this pattern. For me, it's the socks of the shawl/lace world. I have the pattern repeat memorized and it's pretty mindless knitting (I did screw something up last night and had to rip back a few rows but I'll blame that on Law & Order instead of my fried brain). Here's a shot of the shawl in progress. I'm on the third colour already.
Now here's the thing. The second stripe is a solid blue and I'm not sure if it works. I have a larger picture that will pop-up here that is pinned to replicate the look if it were blocked (and worn with something orange). What do you all think? The rest of the shawl is in handpainted colours with a predominantly blue theme. I've used a solid colour for the first stripe before and the effect was nice, but this time I'm not entirely sure. I could rip back and alternate the solid with a varigated every second row for that entire stripe (to get all the use I can out of the yarn), but part of me (the lazy part) thinks this might be a good design element.