Remember before I left for holiday I posted about my Autumn Dreambird Shawl and how I had become totally infatuated with the yarn? Well, not a lot has changed, I’m still head over heels in love with this project. I tried to work on it as much as I could while we were in France, but with places and people to see, and a pool that required my attention, I wasn’t able to get as much done as I had hoped. Even though I didn’t spend as much time as I thought I would with it, every time I picked it up I just sighed happily to myself because I just love the colors and pattern so darn much.
Well, when I say I love the pattern, what I mean is the design. The pattern itself I don’t love so much, it’s 22 pages of explanations that confused me to no end. There is a really detailed row by row description and a chart, neither of which made any sense to me at all. In fact, the description that was meant to simplify things seemed to just make it more confusing. I was given a tip to ignore 99% of the pattern and just follow page 16 and that made life a lot easier. I even went a step further and wrote out my own shorter version of that which is even easier to follow, so now I’m really on a roll!
The colors of the Invicta Colour still tickle me to no end. I feel like an excited child waiting to see how the next feather is going to turn out. I like that no two feathers are exactly alike, which is what I was a little worried about, that there would be an obvious pattern and the shading would be identical as you go through from one feather to the next, but it’s staggered a bit and I really love that. I think I’d be hard pressed to find a color combination I love more than the Invicta 959. It is so vibrant and suits this project perfectly, just as I hoped it would.
I find this yarn so deceiving. The first time I tried it was a while back for some rainbow socks (which I love and really should write about!). I wasn’t sure about the yarn at first because I’d just been working with a soft cashmere and by comparison the Invicta felt somewhat scratchy. I was having the same thing using it again after the insanely soft bamboo yarn I used for my Convergence top recently. If you are like me and like a soft yarn, this could almost trick you into putting it down because on first touch it does feel a little scratchy… BUT I was so pleasantly surprised after the first wash! This yarn softens up so nicely and is just wonderful and I am so freaking glad I didn’t let my weird wool issues give me the wrong impression of this yarn. My rainbow socks are so soft and warm and have quickly become my favorite go-to socks. I had them on in France and I was thinking about how lovely and soft the yarn felt on my feet, which was such a change from my first impression. So if you are inclined to be iffy about wool and the scratch-factor, don’t let this yarn fool you on first fondle as it almost did with me… it’s really great!
Right, so back to the pattern… I wasn’t sure how many feathers I was going to do, but after looking at other Dreambird projects and looking at where I am now, I figure I will probably stop at about twenty. I will reassess when I get to that point, or rather… I will have to see if I can force myself to stop. Between the my love for this yarn and sorting out an easy to follow pattern, I am enjoying this project so much that I really don’t want to stop. I think I will probably make at least one more in the future.
If you want to give the pattern a try yourself, you can find it here on Ravelry. It’s available in English, Dutch, German, French, Danish, Swedish and Italian, so there’s something there for pretty much everyone. More updates on this project soon! I don’t think it’s going to take me long to finish this now that I’m home with no pool to distract me (boohoo!).