Yes, it’s me! I am back after travelling into the abyss that is know as the “High School Graduation Open House.” Is this common in all of the U.S. or is this a Minnesota/Midwest phenomenon?? Egads. But my open house is done and doner so I am feeling pretty footloose at the moment!
Okay, A Tale of Two Shawls. As you may remember, I recently finished an Aranami Shawl in Brooklyn Tweed’s LOFT yarn. My daughter loved it but preferred something lighter, so I decided to make her one — but in Cascade 220 Fingering (a misnomer if ever there was one: Cascade 220 is so named because it is the yardage of their worsted weight yarn 220 yds/100 grams; so what does that have to do with fingering weight yarn??!!??).
Anyway, I finally finished my second Aranami. So boring. And the second one to boot. Quadruple boring (boring increases at a geometric rate). I took both shawls to my knitting group and did a “blind taste test” – actually, I asked them to vote for their favorite: “If you had to choose one of these two shawls to keep as your very own, which one would it be?”
100% chose the $25 Cascade 220 Fingering version over the $72.50 LOFT version for both the look and the feel.
Here they are side by side (LOFT on the left, Cascade Fingering on the right):
The LOFT version has a browner tint. The Cascade colors have sharper contrast: the bottom tiers are whiter, the top tier much darker. There are also gauge differences, and I had to add a tier to the LOFT version for size. Though I did not add a tier to the Cascade version, I did add a small amount of knitting to the top two tiers…described in detail on my Ravelry project page.
The Cascade yarn, thin as it is, has amazing strength. I loved working with it and would highly recommend this yarn.
My current project is a copy of Sally’s Gradient Cowl – mine is in golds and browns. Yowza, it is pretty yarn!!
PS – She loved it!! (and preferred the Cascade, given the choice – much drapier and lighter weight).