Hello everyone! I'm very excited to start this shawl. Just on a lark, I stopped in a local yarn shop, hoping to find something worthy of this beautiful design, and I think I did. Behold:
This is "Re Fa" by Baruffa, which is 100% merino wool...and, oh, is it soft! The lady in the yarn store recommended winding it by hand, because it needs to be treated very gently. I took her word for it, but made the mistake of tugging at the loose end with a little too much enthusiasm and ended up with a huge tangled mass of extra fine merino in my lap. One-thousand four-hundred and sixty yards of knots is a whole heckuva lot, in case you didn't know. (For the curious, 0r the bored, or anyone seriously needing distraction from a heap of knotty yarn...that's 0.829525 mi or 1.33502 km.)
After several hours of working away at it, I've almost got a nice, usable ball of yarn. The good news is I still looooove the yarn. That's a positive sign when beginning a project as involved as the bee fields shawl :)
P.S. I've also created a button for the knit-along, which you're welcome to use on your own websites.