i’ve had a serious orange crush lately. fabric, yarn, thread, fruit – if it’s orange, i want it. i find its zesty, warm and fiery vibe so intriguing because it manages to be both comforting and invigorating at the very same time. take that, grey. actually, i can’t get enough grey, either, but today is all about orange.
for me, orange is just far enough outside-the-box (that is to say it’s not black or neutral or boring, like so much of my wardrobe) to feel a little daring, too. i’ve got some goldfish coloured fabric set aside for a schoolhouse tunic, and i’m planning another cheery bag with the remnants from this birdie sling, but my first foray into orangeing up my wardrobe was this glorious tangerine coloured shawl.
this piquant rounds out my trio of lilygo projects (including this and this). for me, this one is the most wearable of the bunch. i predictably hooked it with malabrigo sock – that irresistibly soft and warm-but-not-too-warm 100% merino wool dyed in colours so delicious looking that you really want to taste them.
piquant was a delight to work up. as usual, the instructions were impeccable and the charts were ever so clear. as i have yet to develop a knack for wearing shawls, i made the smaller version (though i added 2 more repeats in section one because i needed the length) which is just the right size for luscious neck-wrappage.
this pattern is worked in 3 separate sections, which kept it interesting and made it feel as though it was a quick make. in fact, this was such a non-traumatic project that i’m working on a second version in a deep bluey-purple, and i foresee a whole clan of intensely colourful piquants in my future (but my tangerine piquant will always be my favourite).
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