FO – Dotted Rays shawl

In today’s episode of my finished (knitting) objects, I show you a shawl that has a long history. The more I have enjoyed every single stitch while knitting.

Two years ago the spinning virus attacked me. Since then, I spin my own yarn. The beautiful is the fact that you can produce the desired yarn itself: yarn weight, colour composition or plying. In any case, in the end, you always have something unique.

dotted rays krokusse fibres braid spinnfaser zopf

Last year I was brave and gave myself a spun fiber package of Sidi. This gives each month a fiber package – quality and color are unknown. So it is always a surprise when you open the package. In last year’s spring package was the subject of “Crocus” and the fiber quality was Merino / soy. The color combination was daring and I had no idea what to do with it.

dotted rays krokusse fibres unraveled spinnfaser

Usually, fibers are sold in braids. When I disassembled the braid, the inspiration still lacked. The unusual colour combination was difficult. It’s just not my type of colours.

dotted rays krokusse fibres fiber colours aligned spinnfaser farben

Thanks to today’s training opportunities I’ve assigned a spinning class at Craftsy about colours in spinning. This has inspired me that I want to spin a long gradient yarn. For the disassembly, I discovered a regularity of dyeing. That meant for me: I pulled every single color range apart and arranged them new: from purple to green to yellow.

dotted rays gradient skein farbverlauf garn

The result is a gradient yarn in sport-weight, Navajo-plied (3-ply). It was pleasant to spin the soy fiber. The gloss is similar to silk, but the grip is firmer.

dotted rays shawl tuch stephen west

Now it had to find a suitable pattern for it. It should be a shawl. To show the gradient at best, it should be asymmetric and a simple pattern. With hand-spun yarns is enough a simple pattern, so that the yarn comes to the fore. So I decided for Dotted Rays.

Pattern: Dotted Rays by Stephen West
Needles: 4.5mm
Yarn: merino/ soy, handspun, 3-ply (Navajo), 685m/ 200g

Dotted rays shawl detail

I would not me if I wouldn’t make some modifications to existing patterns, isn’t it? Since I’m not a big fan of garter stitch, I worked in stockinette stitch.

The project I took on my last year’s road trip. The pattern is simple and yet interesting enough. Again and again, I marveled at my progress. Now I was finally able to block. It has spread its beauty.

dotted rays shawl in person

I’m so happy with the result. Although it’s still not my colour choice. I am unsure whether I should give it away or sell it. What do you think? And how much should I shell out for it? Have you ever done that before?


5 Responses

  1. Corinne
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    Sehr schön geworden. Ich weiss nicht, ob ich diese Farbe tragen würde, aber zum Anschauen ist es wunderhübsch geworden!

    • donnarossa
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      Vielen lieben Dank, Corinne. Mit dem Resultat bin ich zufrieden. Aber es sind auch nicht meine Farben. Leider. Vielleicht will ja jemand das Tuch und bietet mir einen Tausch an.

  2. Niles
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    The shawl is such a work of art. It appear as perfectly executed water color made to wrap up the wearer in joy.
    Unfortunately you are not bonded to it, nor do you plan to use it.
    If you sell it consider the cost of your materials + your time costs + the price the high end fashion market will bear.
    Reaching the right market to recognize and appreciate its value is key.
    Thank you for sharing the steps and resources from raw materials to results.
    It is a wowser!

    • donnarossa
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      Hi Niles,

      thanks for your advice. I posted the project in a Ravelry forum. Someone suggested that she will knit me gloves in fair isle as an exchange to my shawl. I think this would be a good offer.

      I still appreciated every step of this project but it would be a waste to just have it in my shelf. Maybe someone enjoys it more than me…


  3. Joy
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    These were my wedding colors a hundred years ago. Actually in the 70’s. love the fiber, the yarn and the FO.

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