Remember my Pooling Project? Well, it has progressed considerably and I am now at the point where I wonder what to do next. To recap I started out with 5 skeins of Yarntopia Treasures' Cotton Chenille in different colorways that I thought looked nice together. I experimented trying to force the colors to pool --- a thing most knitters usually try to avoid when working with handpainted yarn. I found that if I knit 9" strips the colors pooled pretty nicely so I worked a long strip changing yarns at random.
When that piece was 72" long I decided to knit a second strip andknit it on to the first one making a 72" by 18" piece and this was the result:
I liked that but I wanted to keep going so I started a third strip. At first I thought of making a blanket but then I got the idea that I might want to try something wearable --- like a beach-coverup. This cotton is so soft and nice. So I knit the third strip but only attached it for 34" and then knit the rest of the 72" unattached. When I was done with that I added a fourth strip for the full length. And this is the result so far:
That is the back (as you can see, I haven't woven in the ends yet.) The overall piece is 72" long by 36" wide with a 38" slit up the front:
Now the question is, what next? I thought of adding a shorter strip centered on each side and turning it into a very loose, breezy jacket but then I was looking at Cheryl Oberle's Folk Shawls and I noticed her Ruana. It is 90" long overall and can be up to 42" wide. That means I would have to add some length and maybe even a few inches of width but it would be worn like this:
I have plenty more yarn so I could add borders as needed. I've also thought of washing it in hot water to see if it felts down to make a jacket that would be a better size. I can't make up my mind. Thoughts anyone?
Thanks for reading.