Yes, that's a knit Maple leaf to use as a shawl. The pattern is on Ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/maple-leaf-knit-shawl
Most of you reading may think that this post will be about how I knit this gorgeous shawl and want to show it off, but not yet. I decided that I must knit this shawl. I set out about finding some appropriate yarn with which to knit this shawl, but stopped myself.
As I got to thinking, I realized I have some Bare superwash wool (with 25% nylon, but that is less important for this project than some) from Knit Picks. I also have Jacquard acid dyes, so I set about to dye some yarn for this shawl. That way, with some luck, I could get exactly what I want.
The pattern calls for fingering, but says you can use sport and it will be more of a wrap. I'm good with that. It calls for 766-984 yards, so I dyed 4 skeins of the Bare, which will give me 1096 yards. This will also give me a bit extra for any shrinkage in the dyeing process.
The colors I used were fire red and brilliant yellow although, since I looked at the color in the tub rather than reading the label, I ended up with a bit of chartreuse in it as well. No matter how yellow it looks in the tub, chartreuse is actually a green. I noticed right away when sprinkling the powder on the yarn, so I stopped and got the actual yellow.
Here you can see the green. It wasn't tragic in this project as a bit of green in the leaves is OK. The yellow was rather chunky, so I added a bit extra. I put the red on both ends. This is before much mixing.
I wanted the yarn to be mostly red with some orange and perhaps a bit of yellow, so I made sure to mix them.
I put on the vinegar, made sure to mix it well, so I wouldn't get white spots and turned on the heat.
The hard part was waiting for it to finish and then waiting for it to dry.
The yellow turned out a bit more yellow than I had planned. I guess it needed more mixing, but I didn't want to have the red completely take over. There were a few whitish spots, mostly around a couple of the ties, so I went back and painted those.
They didn't turn out quite how I had envisioned, but I'm happy with the result. I hope it will look good in the shawl.
The finished (almost dry) yarn. The red isn't as pink as it looks in the pictures. I need to figure out how to get more faithful pictures.
(almost) Time to cast on!