You have to understand. My most favoritist things in knitting are cables and drop stitches. I *love* cables and drop stitches. And my favoritist fiber is Merino wool.
My. Knitting. Heaven.
And it looks challenging, too. Oh, I must knit it! I must knit it!
I tried to use stash yarn; I really did. But I can already tell that it's not going to cut it. It's too stringy and unpleasant in my hands. A shawl is a big project, requiring yarn that calls you to it day after day.
That's it, I thought. I'm just going to buy the yarn the pattern calls for: Smooshy from Dream in Color. It's only three skeins.
I guess I'm going to power on with my stash yarn, or find a cheaper substitute after the holidays. Sigh.