A new pattern! And a bonus chance to win yarn! Glee!
Back in June I posted about some swatches I had knitted for the summer TNNA show. One of the swatches was done in Crystal Palace Moonshine, a lovely yarn with color, shimmer, and just a little halo. In late August, I got an e-mail asking if I would be willing to make a project using this yarn. I had hoped to get it cast on during Dragon*Con, but that just didn't happen. I even tried to work on it some during the convention, but the muses refused to help me. (I'm sure they were just too busy inspiring all the serious Cosplayers.) But I did get the project worked out and cast on in September. And in about a month, I knit up this lovely shawl.
The name? Albedo is the reflectivity of a surface. Astronomers use the albedo of a planet, moon, or asteroid to make guesses about its composition. A shiny, icy surface is much more reflective than an ashen or rocky surface. Since the Moonshine yarn is glimmers and shines, it seemed like a good fit.
I like to think this would be a great accessory for a black tie occasion, such as a prom or a wedding. But it would also be nice for cocktail parties, New Year's Eve parties, or fancy outings to attend Broadway plays or opera performances. The yarn has a little swing and bounce, which I think gives the whole project a slightly sexy, sassy quality.
Bonus! I have enough yarn to make another shawl. The pattern is now for sale as a Ravelry download for $3.00. You can follow this link. On the first day of the new year, I will randomly pick a name from those who have purchased the pattern on Ravelry during these last four weeks of 2012. If you win, I will send you a private message on Ravelry asking for your postal information so I can ship a padded envelope full of yarn to you. If you would like to win 5 skeins of Moonshine so you can knit yourself a sexy shimmery shawl, you know what to do!