Shear Alpha Three

In the grand scheme of things, it's not all that surprising that this irish wool sat in my yarn stash for two years before I used it. The great thing about yarn is it's resilience. This is a nicely muted green 100% wool. Up close you can see the olive drabs and aquas that give it a subtle hue variation and visual depth.

I gave up trying to figure out yarn sizes a long time ago, but if I were to guess, I'd say it was a lace weight. I could be wrong. All I know is that I had to double it up on size three needles to get the gauge I wanted for this green version of Shear Alpha. That's what it's like working with recycled yarn. I can't control what's in that pile of sweaters, but I do have a clear picture of what I want. This yarn (or sweater) was one of those finds that made me say "Ah-ha!!" loud enough to slightly embarrass myself.

I have to say though (and I may have already) that after all the changes I made to this design, it still seems so plain to me. But maybe that's the beauty of it. Making all the uncontrollable variables work together behind the scenes is what makes such harmonious visual simplicity possible.

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