I used 4 skeins of blue faced leicester aran in ‘To the Lighthouse’ from Violet Green and 4.5mm circulars (essential, as the rows get very long). I had 48g of yarn left (approx 85-90m, I think) from 400g (720m), so this comfortably counts as one of the larger 500m+ shawls for the challenge.
The pattern is really straightforward – a garter stitch triangle, 1″ of 1×1 rib, then 4″ of 2×2 rib. The main problem I had was with the yarn. I was concerned about pooling in the ribbed section, although now the shawl is finished, I like the effect (it makes me think of waves rippling on the shore… *ahem*). One of the skeins also had several breaks, so I ended up with more joins than I was anticipating. However, they aren’t visible now the shawl has been wet blocked.
I was concerned that ‘ Mara’ would be too heavy, but actually it’s fine and now the weather has turned cold again, it’s a perfect weight. I wore it to work yesterday and got several compliments! It’s perfect for keeping out the chills in my office.
So all in all, it’s a big thumbs up for ‘Mara’, as long as you’re not averse to long rows of mindless knitting.