Daily Color: “The Mediterranean has the color of mackerel, changeable I mean. You don't always know if it is green or violet, you can't even say it's blue, because the next moment the changing reflection has taken on a tint of rose or gray.” –Vincent van Gogh

Back in March, while dealing with a stressful situation, I bought myself a little reward yarn. I had no particular projects in mind when I bought the yarn, but as the calendar pages turned toward summer I began thinking about lacy, lightweight shells to wear over a tank top in the warmer weather, or over a long-sleeved T-shirt or turtleneck come autumn. And I wanted the shells to be simple, so that the beautifully hand-dyed yarn could speak for itself. I decided to begin with the mother-of-pearl skein on the left.

Laceweight yarns from Mollycoddle Yarns, 50% merino, 50% tencel

Without a specific pattern in mind, I cast on 190 stitches on US #4/3.5 mm circular needles, joined in the round, and began knitting. I figured by the time I reached the base of the armhole and had to divide for front and back, I'd know how I wanted to handle the bodice and neck. I decided to crib the lacy V-neck from a favorite Reynolds pattern (leaflet 82235, by Norah Gaughan; now discontinued I believe) that I'd made several years ago. I let the lower hem roll, and left the sleeve and back neck edges unfinished; I used a 3-needle bind-off to join the shoulders. I am thrilled with how it came out!