In the summer of 2010, my mom and I took a class on dyeing yarn. I made this.
I have about 900 yards of Baby Ull wound into 2 balls. I've been admiring the yarn ever since, but then I found a scarf that I thought would work with the myriad of colors.
knit in hand-dyed Dall of Norway Baby Ull yarn
The colors I tried to capture were ones that reminded me of a Claude Monet waterlily painting. It's a stretch for me. It has a lot more yellow than I am usually comfortable with, but I love the colors.
I used somewhere in the neighborhood of 550-600 yards, so I still have the majority of a ball left to do something else with. I'm thinking fingerless gloves. The pattern is written to be a scarf approximately 12" wide. I wanted something a bit more shawl-like, so I did a third repeat of the leaf panel and blocked it to 18" wide. I wanted it a bit longer, too. It calls for 35 repeats off the leaf chart, and when I decided to make it longer it seemed that 42 repeats would be perfect.
After all, 42 is the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything. That's got to be a good omen.