So here's where I stand: either I'm not really thrilled with the Shoalwater Shawl pattern or I just don't know what yarn to buy for it.
I've now purchased two yarns to make this shawl and neither are working. Both are gorgeous yarns, with lovely colors/fiber/sheen. However, the colors are very subtle and not really showing off the waves in the shawl.
I tried the Brooks Farm yarn I got at the TKGA (as suggested by Lauren). It is what I bought the yarn for, and I had tried it when I got it. I thought I would try it again. Nope, the colors are beautiful, but the subtle color change and the consistant value of the yarn doesn't work with the pattern. The pattern hides the beauty of the yarn while the yarn hides the beauty of the pattern.
I have an other canidate in my stash and it scares me. It's lace weight. I'm kinda avoiding knitting this pattern in lace weight. There's no reason I couldn't, or even shouldn't, but I'm looking down the road when I've got the 1 billion stitches on my needles and thinking "why didn't I chose a nice sport weight yarn?"
Anyway, I'll swatch it up today. If it doesn't work, then I'll go buy something else.
The Silver Creek Gansey is now officially on the front yoke. I finished the back up yesterday. I'll work in it a bit today. I know I know... 103 degrees F today. Wool sweater. I don't really care. First I'm sitting in my nicely air conditioned house, second I love the sweater so much I can't wait to get it done and third, Matt's still out training in this heat so I think I can handle a little wool sweater.
Speaking of Matt, tomorrow is his birthday and tonight we're having a little celebration with our neighbors (Bob's birthday was mid-July). It's a guy's themed dinner: steak, corn on the cobb, ice cream cake. Which also means easy for the cook!
So off to do a quick grocery run (maybe via Morgantown?) and do some knitting (and some Ratchet and Clank: Up Your Arsenol?)