The Laodice, while lovely, was not to be. The ever expanding section of stockinette stitch in the middle was boring me to tears and I was only 100 yards into it.
I had toyed with adding a lace panel in the middle of the stockinette stitch but after hours of browsing Ravelry for a lace panel I might like I came again to Juno Regina. I decided to use it and modified it into a triangular shawl knit sideways. I frogged Laodice and began again.
It was impossible to tell without sampling and blocking (neither of which I have done) if it was coming out too steep. Or steeper than I wanted. So again I modified it and I think it will come out trapezoidal instead of triangular.
It is knitting much faster and much more interesting. I have nearly finished 160 yards (the first two hanks) and thankfully just finished spinning my next 80 yards.
I am having a dilemma. I like spinning colorful things. It keeps it interesting even if I don't like the way the colors come out in the end. Knitting, I need a slightly complicated stitch. Something to keep my interest. The problem I have is that I don't care for the way variegated yarn looks with complicated stitch patterns. It looks better in a simple stitch and the complicated stitches look better with simple colors. For me, it just looks better. And I understand lots of people will disagree with me.
Maybe I'll feel differently when the work on this shawl thing is at an end. But I have a feeling it will be getting an over-dye job when it is completed.
Besides that, the yarn is soft with a lovely hand that is a pleasure to knit.