For some reason, I thought Handpainted Yarn would be perfect for Lady Eleanor. I adore the yarn itself, but it’s variegated, not self-striping. After getting a couple repeats into it, I believe Lady Eleanor really needs a self-striping yarn to bring out the best in this pattern. Individually, the rectangles look beautiful, but the entrelac pattern won’t have the right overall impact if I continue with the variegated yarn. For a project this big, I want to get it right. After much research on Flickr, I jumped on the bandwagon and ordered 10 balls of Noro Silk Garden. It just seemed like the right thing to do. Fortunately, I found it on sale at School Products! I’ve never used Noro before and this yarn seems to have surprises inside, which scares me just a bit. I needed more color changes that were in the Handpainted yarn, but I think some of the Noro colorways can look a bit garish. School Products only had 2 colors available, and I decided to play it safe and chose the one that looked subtler (#82), expecting that there will be some bursts of color in there, anyway. Now I have to try to return the Handpainted Yarn. I’m not a big yarn stasher and I don’t have much use for chunky variegated yarn. If anyone out there in Blogland wants it, let me know!
On the bright side, I’m definitely enjoying the entrelac pattern. The directions in Scarf Style seemed very clear to me, so it’s not difficult at all, and it’s pretty fascinating to see this thing knit itself up! I’m sure it will take me a while to finish, but it will be a great fall/winter project.