For never was a story of more woe…

No, not really.  That is the beginning of a quote from the ending of ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and my tale is a little happier.

Last week, I released Vexillum, a cabled lace shawl in Quince & Co. Finch.  I really loved working with Finch.  It had great twist, a wonderful palette (this color is a deep, rich dusty blue calledBird’s Egg) and the staff there was very sweet (when I needed another skein in a particular dye lot, I received not one, but two emails).

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However, this was the second time I had knit Vexillum.  The first version was this:

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Yes, I know what you’re thinking — it doesn’t look like Vexillum.  But it is.  This is Canon Hand Dyes Charles Sock.  I loved this yarn on the skein.  It was beautiful.  The color was called Matthew Crawley (you know, from Downton Abbey) and it truly was a magnificent skein.  And strangely, fascinatingly, the way the color was dyed and the way the pattern progressed made the yarn checkerboard!  Do you see it?  I’d never seen anything like this before.

I tell you this story because it taught me a lesson.  Sometimes a really pretty skein and a really pretty pattern don’t work well together.  Think “Mean Girls.”  If I were to make another analogy, I would say Finch is to Canon as Grace Kelly is to Rita Hayworth.  Sometimes, you need a classic.  And sometimes, you need a little more va-va-voom.  In this case, I needed the classic.

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