What is this strange-looking yarn caterpillar?

Why, that’s the Maplewing Shawl in its infancy. I cast on all the 600 stitches last night, and absolutely held my breath during those first few looong rows, praying that the numbers worked out and no stitches dropped off into that cast-on edge oblivion! Now that I am a little ways into the charts, the stitches are more secure, the pattern is becoming easy to read, and I’m really beginning to enjoy this project. Such a large shawl would probably be a long-term project, but so far it’s such fun to knit that I’m thinking it may go quicker than intended…

The yarn is Knit Picks Bare laceweight, which I dyed using the Lorna’s Laces color recipe for “Courage.” (Probably an apt name for a project with a cast-on like this!) I really admire the warmly autumnal semi-solid colors this shawl kit is offered in, but the prices for the called-for yarn were a little above my being able to justify for an impulsive project like this one. (I don’t have a recipient in mind… I just *wanted* to knit it!) So, my yarn substitution was definitely a budget-minded move, but I think with the dye I was able to capture the orangey appeal of the original.