I bought a few things at Rhinebeck, one being Cephalopod Yarns Nautilace in Koi Fairy Wrasse. It’s the lower skein in the photo here:
I was surprised to find NO finished projects in this colorway, which made it hard to pick a pattern. I decided that winding a ball would help me understand the color repeats a bit more…
The repeats are ridiculously quick. I’m talking a few inches, maximum. This is great, because the yarn has less of a chance of pooling and will look more uniform at various project widths, but it also makes it hard to find a pattern that won’t fight with the uniqueness of the colorway.
I searched ALL of the lace patterns in the Ravelry database and didn’t find a single one that I really, really liked. I finally settled on a fingering weight shawl called Dragonfly Wings:
The pattern is mostly stockinette with a few purl rows added in random increments, which is really gorgeous. The edging is a simple lace that looks nice (as you can tell in the photo) in variegated yarn. I started working on the shawl and stopped to take a photo the other night:
I’m not super thrilled with what I’m seeing so far, but I know better than to judge it this early on. The yarn IS quite lovely, though… Not just in color, either– it’s gloriously soft and buttery- definitely a great yarn for next-to-skin wear. I’ll keep you updated as I progress!