A shawl for the road

WillyG's picture

To steal Kerry's words, "I recently discovered grey as a color and I love it." Couldn't have said it better.


Making a gradient from these three beautiful greys turned a potentially boring project into one that I expect to love for a long time.


And because I was careful in the weaving in ends, I consider it reversible. I love the purl side in striping.


Don't tell anyone, but it's really easy knitting. What is it about grey that makes me end up knitting stripes?



Kerry's picture

You're welcome to my words

You're welcome to my words William :-) You and the scarf look great.

I looked at the site where the wool came from but they seem to have only a natural white, or perhaps I was looking in the wrong part of the site.

WillyG's picture

I got the yarn at a shop in

I got the yarn at a shop in Philadelphia; much as it looks natural, they told me it was actually dyed. I don't know how to get more of the greys except by trekking to that shop. It sure is tempting...

Thanks for the permission, haha!

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Very nice work, Willy. The

Very nice work, Willy. The subtleties of the grays really show up in the photos where you are wearing the shawl. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

WillyG's picture

Gracias! Here's a funny

Gracias! Here's a funny tidbit of my world...I don't have fancy photo equipment (camera, lightbox, etc) so I shot these pictures as I generally do...on the fly, using my phone. The fence pics are the morning wait for the bus, and the ones where I'm wearing them were taken as I waited for the bus in the evening, lucky to have some better light. I'm a fan of grey days for photo shoots, but the morning was rather ominous, and I think it came out in the photos as kinda flat.

WillyG's picture

I might add that I do feel a

I might add that I do feel a bit self-conscious as cars pass by while I'm hurriedly snapping pictures of a shawl on a fence, or trying to hold the phone at an angle so the woman waiting fifteen feet away might not notice that I'm furtively taking a bunch of shots of myself. Eventually I embrace the awkwardness of what I'm doing.

rc_in_sd's picture

I made this pattern a little

I made this pattern a little while ago and am now kicking myself for just using one color. The gradations really take the pattern to a whole new level. Great job!

WillyG's picture

There's always the chance

There's always the chance for a second go-round. This one is just that. :)

AKQGuy's picture

Now that, is a shawl that I

Now that, is a shawl that I may even wear. Beautifully understated work. I have to admit I love it Sir. From the simplicity of the pattern to the elegance of the gradient work. And I am a sucker for gray... especially on a good looking guy.

WillyG's picture

:) Heheh, you make me to

:) Heheh, you make me to laugh. I bought me a men's fashion magazine so I could meditate on what is out there, and I really enjoyed one or two pictures of a keffiyeh. So that was in my mind as I plotted this shawl. I'm playing with ways to wear it:


Aaronknits's picture

That looks great! And it

That looks great! And it looks even better when you're wearing it!

I cast on my second Boneyard tonight, even though I haven't taken pictures of the first one that I just finished.

WillyG's picture

Clearly we are going to have

Clearly we are going to have a serious photo session when I come up...

purlyman's picture

I love it!! When you're

I love it!! When you're wearing it it almost loses the gray and somehow takes on some color! Beautiful!!

WillyG's picture

Am I *that* white? ;-)

Am I *that* white? ;-)