I'm afraid my tolerance for dignified colors had been worn out by the last two shawls I knit. This one is much brighter, using the two different stitch patterns in the Citron pattern to combine two different yarns. I thought I had chosen a sedate burgundy hank of Ultra Alpaca Fine to tone down the Noro Kureyon Sock, but it looks very purple in the clear light of Spring. This is the Noro I recently complained about--it was too inelastic and too muddy in color for the striped knee socks I had planned. I knew it would also be too itchy for a shawl. At least the lack of elasticity gave me confidence that the curling edge would block out.
As it did. Mixing in the alpaca makes for a more wearable shawlette. It's not itchy at all and counteracts the itchiness of the Noro. I worked around the colors a lot, even ripping out and discarding some colors that were a bit too bright. I knew the stripes were inevitable, though. The last rows are around 600 stitches long, since I added a sixth repeat.
I think it will be the right weight to ward off a draft on the plane. It's small enough so that I can wear it inside my jacket, or just stick it in the pocket if it gets warm. It's easy to wear, but could be a little too bright for London.
Maybe it will warm up a bit before I get there. If so, I'll save this for the states next fall.
I'll be spending a couple of days in London, three days in Cambridge and then back to London for a day before my return flight. Please comment if you have suggestions for things I should see or do.