Pi shawls and Hap lace shawls are definitely go-to comfort knitting for me, so when I ordered a skein set from ColourMart (with a completely different pattern in mind!) I ended up blending the 2 wonderful items into 1!
ColourMart have begun to sell skein sets (5 different coordinating colours in a particular weight - lots of lace, fingering and dk, with a decent yardage to each, usually about 50g of each colour) and this particular colour combo caught my eye, the blues, greens and orange really popped and I loved the sound of cotton/linen/silk blended together in a gorgeous natural hard wearing but luxurious mix. So I bought it immediately, thinking I could knit the now practically viral Colour Affection by Veera Välimäki, but alas I didn't have enough yardage wise.
Scratching my head a little, I decided that I would use all 5 colours together and I would also try to use up the bulk of the yarn. The best way I could think of achieving this was to knit a pi shawl from the centre out and change colours as I ran out.
Then I thought I'd introduce some patterning and the simplest one I could think of, especially considering the colour changes was the trusty feather and fan pattern.
I used most of my yarn, I had most of the darkest green left as I chose a plain edging rather than a lace one, and the shawl is a generous 44" across. I used a 4mm needle, which left a nice fabric, not too dense not too loose, and it used 986 yards.
I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out. I'm planning to give it to a friend as a baby present, I think it would make a smashing floor blanket and the bonus is that it can be washed in the machine!