Help me pick my yarn

I’ve started a new knitting project and I am looking to the blogosphere to help me choose my yarn. The pattern is the Purl Soho stitch block cowl.  It’s a gorgeous cowl with three blocks of knitting:  one neutral section; one neutral and solid section; and one neutral, solid and variegated section.  the below image is from Purl Soho’s site.  Isn’t it beautiful?  The knitting is filled with techniques I’ve never used and amazing color, so there is so much fun to be had; I love this project.


The neutral block is on the needles, and that color is a done deal, but I’m torn about the solid (equivalent of the yellow in the Purl Soho picture) and the variegated (the equivalent of the gold/maize in the Purl Soho picture).  I’ve got three choices and would love to hear your thoughts about the relative beauty or not-beauty of each one.  I love them all, but they are so different, and I really don’t want to make three cowls (because I’d have to buy six more skeins of the neutral color and that would be a lot of money and time and cowls.)

Option 1 – The Hobbit Cowl – Earthy and dark, reminiscent of little underground homes.

Color 1: Purl Soho’s Worsted9832 Twist in Sea Salt

Color 2: Madelinetosh Tosh Merino in Shire

Color 3: Purl Soho’s Worsted Twist in Moody Green

Option 2 – The Sunset Cowl – White puffy clouds set afire by the setting sun

Color 1: Purl Soho’s Worsted Twist in Sea Salt

Color 2: Madelinetosh Tosh Merino in Spicewood

Color 3: Purl Soho’s Worsted Twist in Clementine Orange

Option 3: The Scottish Cowl – The variety of Highland greens enjoyed with a cup of tea.

Color 1: Purl Soho’s Worsted Twist in Sea Salt

Color 2: Madelinetosh Tosh Vintage in Earl Grey

Color 3: Purl Soho’s Worsted Twist in Cardamom Green

Which option calls to you, my blogging friends?  Leave your thoughts in the comments.  I’ve probably got a week until I need the other solid, so vote soon, and vote often.  Thanks for your help!

19 thoughts on “Help me pick my yarn

  1. #3 The Scottish Cowl. I haven’t looked at any of the other voter’s choices but will do so now… Hmmmm? Yes I do love the hobbit cowl, but I feel like the colors in the Scottish cowl will blend together more softly. But what do I know? I don’t knit!

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    1. You don’t have to knit! This is a pure, “What colors speak to you” experiment. I love all the options and wouldn’t reach out for other’s thoughts if I didn’t really want them. My husband and I were married in Scotland too, so all things Scottish have a special place in my heart – except scotch and haggis: yuck. One vote tallied for Scotland!

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      1. Oh, you would really love the yarn from my darling alpacas at Shadow Pines Farm – Charlie and Buzz. It is almost shearing time and I have to learn to post a video as I’ll be there taking more photos. It is quite a process.


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