I decided to nix the idea of doing a shawl with the Great Adirondack Silk Noir. It was very difficult to wind--I think one of my next knitting-related purchases should be a new swift and ball winder, as mine are probably about 22 years old and the plastic swift is really getting bent out of shape. I deserve something new!
So when I swatched the Silk Noir on size 6 needles, I didn't like the openness of the stitches, and didn't like the look of it in Garter Stitch, which makes up a big part of the Fiber Trends Landscape Shawl.
I've decided that I really don't want a shawl, and will make Lily Chin's BonBon tank top from the Summer 2006 issue of Knitter's Magazine. It is a simple, stockinette, close-fitting tank with seed stitch straps and trim, knit in one piece in the round. I think I'll get a lot more wear out of it, as I tend to wear my knitted tanks out a lot on summer evenings. Here's a pic of the pattern:
I will probably have about 200 yards left, and plan to make this cool "Dreamswatch Head Wrap," from Knit & Tonic's blog, with the rest. I've been eyeing this pattern for awhile, and I should have just the right amount of this yarn left to make it.
So far, I'm still on the 1-inch seed stitch bottom border of the tank. I'm loving the way it looks--I think I made the right decision. I'll keep you posted.