This may be my fastest knit ever. Even faster than a pair of socks, this two-color Clementine Shawlette (Interweave Knits, Spring 2007) took barely two weeks, and I was knitting on other things as well during that time.
The shawl is in two colors because I only had one skein of each color and I never intended to actually knit the whole thing. But I'm glad I did. It's perfect for summer, light and decorative – adds some glitz to the old t-shirt.
I even like the bicolor effect. Since the shawl is knit in two pieces, there's not a prayer of hiding the join at the back (graft however deviously one may). Might as well take advantage of that design feature and do something different. I'm not sure wildly contrasting colors would look good (although they might), but I could definitely see it in vivid blue and purple. Or a pinky purple joined to a bluey purple.
The Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool made for a most intriguing knit. As much as it looks like fingering, it knit up on U.S. #5 needles just like a DK. And although it felt like string while knitting, it washed and blocked into an amazingly light and soft fabric. And it stretched a lot (as I had been warned). Not a problem for this shawl; it fact I wanted it to stretch.
For more adventures with this yarn visit Prime Time Knitter, who has just completed a sweater in Silky Wool and Obsessed With Knitting, who is making a skirt out of it (A skirt! Are you impressed? I am).