I've decided to make the plunge, and at least buy yarn and the pattern to make Knit Picks' "Janet Lace Shawl", but I can't decide which yarn! :wall:
I thought that their "Alpaca Cloud" would be nice because of its warmth, but would the "halo" interfere with the stitch definition? Would a 100% merino look better because it's not fuzzy? I really like the glow that the "Shimmer" yarn has because of the 30% silk, but again, with the 70% alpaca...is it too "fuzzy"?
Then I thought about color--I'd kind of like something that would go with everything. I don't have a special occasion planned to wear it with a special outfit, so I wouldn't be matching it with a specific outfit in mind. Something about this shawl tells me that it almost needs to be multicolored (like the hand-dyed "Gossamer" or "Shimmer" yarns), but these look like they might knit up kind of striped from what I've seen from some of the other projects they show using these yarns, although maybe that's not accurate? If it knitted up more striped, I was worried that the striped pattern might take away from the intracacy of the lace pattern, although maybe, it might add interest?
Argh! I can't decide!!!! :hair: I know part of the decision of course is based upon personal preference of color (and my favorite color is [color=blue]blue[/color]--it's my "neutral" :teehee: ), but what fiber content will do this pattern the most "justice"? And what colorway--a solid, or a variegated (hand-dyed)?
After all this, it will probably be a chart pattern (which I've never done before), and I'll probably wind up putting it away for fear of not being able to do it. :verysad:
Help! Am I as hopeless as I feel???