The grey Sonia shawl has been off the blocking board for a few days now; I have been fantasizing about knitting another one already -- maybe with an ivory-white border. For once I am happy I have stashed a couple of skeins (well, precisely two) of Noro sockweight yarn, as word on the Nuts for Noro group forum on Ravelry is that the sock-weight versions of Kureyon and Silk Garden will be discontinued. Other sock yarns with long color repeats could be substituted, but the color combinations of Noro yarns are simply unmatched in my opinion.
That said, there were more yards of solid black in this skein than I had realized when I bought it, and I decided to be wasteful and to edit a good amount of black out of the shawl. I felt that the black stripes would attract too much attention to themselves on a grey background, showing up a strong contrast but eclipsing the other color stripes. As it is, the dark stripes still "read" as black on some photographs, although they are actually dark blue. If I had used the whole skein of Noro Kureyon, then my shawl would probably have been a good 1.5" wider all around. That said, I like its current dimensions.
To recap: I used close to 2 skeins of Brown Sheep Naturespun Fingering-weight wool in the Grey Heather colorway, and exactly one skein of Noro Kureyon Sockweight in colorway #233, and I knitted the shawl on a #6 circular needle. The designer, Joelle Niang, has made the pattern available here and her instructions are very clear and detailed. This strikes me as the perfect lazy vacation knitting project; automatic-pilot knitting combined with the surprise of which Noro color will come next.
The sockweight Kureyon purchase was my very last at a lovely LYS which closed its door last month. Thank you to the ladies of Stash for being so welcoming and for helping me match colors on several projects through the years. I'll think of you whenever I wear my grey Sonia shawl.