I went around the house and gathered up the blue yarns. Gulp. (Did I every tell you that blue is my favorite-ist color?)
Here's the pond for making my ruana. So the photo on the left is the first draft of yarns and the photo on the right is current as of this morning. It's a nice stew of yarn isn't it? The yarn consists of alpaca, wool, acrylic, bobbles, mohair, fun fur, cotton and more. See that skein of really light blue in the center? That is going to be used as the second strand with some of the weird lighter stranded yarns. I've got some navy to go with the darker colored fun fur-type yarns. I've pulled the blue/green batik (yes it is actual batik fabric cut into 1/2" strips) and the light blue mohair from the first mix. I've added purples and magentas. I think it needs a bit more magenta/red. Don't you? Or maybe a touch of green?
I'm going to get the book Folk Shawls by Cheryl Oberle because I'm a sucker for shawls and, more importantly, there is a pattern in there for a ruana. Want to see the one I'm going to do? Go to this link (http://the-panopticon.blogspot.com/2005/12/viva-ruana.html) and read the whole post, 'cause there's photos!
Imagine this out of fabric: 48" square with a slit from one side to 5" shy of center. This is a ruana. I'll start this one day, but I think it needs to age a bit longer. It will be a nice easy knit in garter stitch but a long project time-wise. Of course, there's always the possibility that I'll hate the pond and totally start over with different yarn.