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I am, most decidedly, a lover of the color grey. Almost every article of clothing, yarn, fiber — the first thing I reach for is grey.

And in the ocean of grey, there is another color that makes a pretty frequent appearance in my wardrobe. (No, not black — that’s just another shade of grey.) I love orange. I think it’s such a happy color.

And, it goes well with grey. Of course.

I must be missing an element of happy recently, because I’ve finished two projects in my happy color.

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First, Carpino, by Carol Feller. It is a sweater from the Wool People 6 collection — the collection that I had a bit of a preview of, at Knitter’s Review Retreat last November. Of course, I promptly fell in love with every single piece of that collection, in a way that I never would have had I seen it in only in print, as beautiful as the Wool People Look Books are.

This little sweater is very flirty and a little bit retro. It has an i-cord edged ballet neckline, 3/4 length sleeves which are fitted. The front is a fun bubble like lace pattern (which is very easy to memorize).

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I knit this sweater in a singles yarn. I knew even before I cast on, in my brain somewhere, that this is probably not the greatest strategy for a long lasting, well wearing sweater. But I did it anyway. Why? Because it was the perfect color, Del Rey from Neighborhood Fiber company.

I have already worn the sweater a couple of times…so far so good. As long as some naughty canine that I live with does not hook her little paws into the lace in front of the sweater!

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Have you ever had a “O.M.G. I have to spin this/knit it right now” moment? Of course you have. The second project was one of those things. I purchased a beautiful commercially processed Shetland top from the UK at the Feederbrook Farm booth at Maryland Sheep & Wool. It is charcoal grey (surprise!) in a way only nature can produce, I knew exactly how I wanted to spin it, and as I was spinning the fiber — I knew exactly what I wanted to make with it.

I spun the fiber woolen, from the fold. I wanted lofty, squishy, and light in weight…a shetland version of LOFT.

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The urge was so great that as soon as I plied a skein and the twist was set, I wound the skein and cast on — while the rest of the yarn necessary to complete the project was still sitting on the wheel.

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Then, for contrast, I wanted a bit of….Orange! And I looked in my Pigeonroof Studios non-Superwash grab bag that I had in my stash…and voila. A few little bits of rusts, oranges and yellows. I wasn’t sure what the fiber content was (I think it is Polwarth/silk but I’m really not sure.), but I only needed a bit over 100 yards so I was sure it was going to work.

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The shawl that this yarn was destine to be? Kelpie, by Jared Flood (Who else?).  It’s a take on the Classic Shetland Hap Shawl, a bit citified. My gauge was bigger than the stated gauge of the pattern, so I knew this would be a large shawl.

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It is large, 74″ across with a 37″ drop. I didn’t think the shawl would grow to quite this size, but it is soft, light, very squishy, and the orange in the feather and fan border makes me smile.

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I am looking forward to wearing this often. (It sort of matches the sweater too!)

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I think I’ve gotten the Orange out of my system for now! Better go find some grey yarn.

I’ve always loved mohair — it is a strange love since I’m usually not attracted to fluffy and lacy things. (My excuse is “it’s so warm” but really, I honestly think it’s the fluffy that I love.)

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My addiction to kidsilk lace went up a notch early last fall when I knit BooKnits’ Almost Autumn in French Market Fibers Mohair Lace in Spanish Moss.

To be honest, I did it because I wanted to knit this shawl on large needles. I really didn’t expect the resulting mound of fluffy loveliness. This shawl sort of sits around the shoulders like spun sugar. It’s incredibly pretty.

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Earlier this year, you saw me tap my mohair lace stash again to knit Heavenly by Romi Hill out of French Market Fibers Mohair Lace in Brandymilk Punch. Knitting this shawl made me go on a total mohair buying bender, and I grew my mohair lace collection by adding several yummy selections from Hedgehog Fibres (and did I ever) and Neighborhood Fiber Co.

It wasn’t going to take long for me to dive into that mound of mohair to come up with a selection for a shawl.

One of the colorways in kidsilk lace that I purchased from Hedgehog, Tremble, needed to be made into the latest Romi Hill Pins & Lace Club pattern, Winter’s Moon.

The club yarn for this design was a more sheepy yarn (and don’t get me wrong, I love what Brooke from Sincere Sheep does and her Equity Fingering is absolutely gorgeous), but I thought the design with the double yarn over mesh at the top ending in a set of chevrons (which were screaming to be beaded — so I obliged) was just perfect for some mohair action.

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Just look at how subtly variegated this yarn is. I used square glass beads in “oil slick”, which I thought mirrored the yarn color.

Here’s the latest addition to my mohair shawl collection!

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Trust me. Everyone needs a cloud of gorgeous mohair to wrap around themselves!