A year and a half ago, I found this terrific bamboo and wool yarn on sale. It was so totally not what I’d usually choose, kind of loud with that crazy bit of yellow and the green was far more bright than I really like. I didn’t know then what drove me into bringing it home with me. For the past 18 months, it sat in my stash taunting me. I kept picking it up, searching my pattern resources, then setting it down as I felt the energy for using it flow right out of me. Just a month before my best friend passed on, and carried with her a lot of the finished stuff of my life, this yarn held its appeal long enough for me to pick a pattern and get knitting. Almost Spring Stole took about 3 months to knit, with a month long break right in the middle while I grieved my loses. It’s warm enough for those late winter, early spring days and nights when a jacket is too much, but going jacketless leaves you chilled. It’s truly a wonderful stole for transitional times.
Almost Spring Stole is based on the Padma “Pashmina” pattern by Tahki Stacy Charles. It was knit with 5 skeins of Cascade Yarns’ Lana Bambu in color 16, a wash of purple, yellow, and green which I think may be discontinued.
The pattern looks a little like cabling, but was created using the lace techniques of adding and decreasing stitches strategically. It was surprisingly easy to knit.