After finishing my Fantastitch Shawl and seeing the preview for the Painting Bricks shawl, I knew I would cast on as soon as the pattern dropped. Stephen West is doing a Slipstitchalong, since so many of his shawl designs have slipped stitch patterns. It’s simple and mindless, the kind of thing I need right now. Today is my 25th day of sheltering at home. I only leave my house to walk Jellybean and I go to the grocery store once a week. My husband has gone out to pick up the occasional food order and that’s about it, but I also don’t see this ending anytime soon. Plus they’re forecasting that the Washington, DC area I live in is the next potential hotspot, so to say I’m a bit anxious is an understatement. My brain can only handle mindless knitting. So here’s what my Painting Bricks Shawl looked like as of Sunday morning…
In the pattern there are 25 different stripes of color. I decided to dig through my extensive stash of dk weight yarn and leftover balls to see if I could come up with 25 colors to make up a rainbow. I did. You can go to the Raverly project page for a full list.
I’m already on color number 15, the teal section before I hit the greens. The pattern actually doesn’t take up a lot of yardage when you do the stripes this way, I could probably make multiple of these – LOL. And for my main color I’m using a variegated rainbow color, Burst, by Onyx Fiber Arts.
It’s a more blue based rainbow so it definitely works like a neutral for the main color. I’m also loving how each color I add is picked up in little flecks in the main color. It’s going to be an epic rainbow that will hopefully keep my mind busy during such a crazy time.