I finally cast on the latest Unique Sheep Mystery Knit Along this afternoon - Spirit of Guernsey. This is not the yarn that I ordered for the project. This is.
This is the November colorway in Ling. I have never knit with Ling before. It is 70% superwash merino and 30% cultivated silk, but it is a very firm yarn, reminding me more of pure silk. I spent a frustrating afternoon on Friday trying to cast on with this yarn, and somehow managed to lose one of my size 3 double point needles. It has simply vanished. I have no idea how or where, but I cannot find it. It didn't take me long to decide that for circular shawls I will stick with Eos. Fortunately I happened to have some Eos in my stash. This lovely colorway - Erin's Dream. I have way more than I need - 6 skeins instead of 4, but I didn't realize that until I had cast on and finished the first clue, and I really don't feel like starting over again. I still need to buy beads, but I am going to wait until we get to a clue that has beads to decide on a color.
The curious thing is that Eos is a 50/50 blend of Merino and Tussah
silk, but somehow it is more forgiving and easier to work with in tricky
circular cast-ons than the Ling, and while I know that I could do the
cast on in the Ling (I have done it with pure silk), I just don't need
to work that hard. I work hard enough in my day job. The Ling I have ear-marked for a second In Dreams shawl. I even have beads picked out. I'm thinking of calling it Summer Dreams.
Pattern: Spirit of Guernsey by Janine le Cras
Yarn: The Unique Sheep Eos in Erin's Dream
Needles: US 3 (3.25 mm)