This particular skein of fingering yarn I bought because it looked as though it would go with a summer dress I had.
I bought the dress for $5 at a flea market. It seems to be a linen-cotton blend. The background is green with a yellowish tint. There are flowers splashed across it in an impressionistic print. I haven't had it out in a few years, but the colors I remember are red, dark pink, purple and orange. The dress is sleeveless with a scoop top and cut straight and was probably supposed to be mid-calf length on the average height woman (I'm not). I seem to remember it was a hank of merino between 800 and 900 yards.
I have been contemplating different patterns of wraps to wear with this dress when chilly and adding them to my ever increasing collection of favorites as Ravelry as they appeared. I think I finally found the pattern, the Gwanwyn Shrug pattern by Lesley Jones.
Just something about it seems right. I like the detail in the sleeves, and I don't think it'll get lost in the hand-dyed yarn. The sleeves are a good length for summer and they aren't tight. In summer you don't want wool too close against your skin, even merino.
Here's some more yarn from the Eastside Weavers I forgot I bought. It's lace weight. I don't know how many yards, but I hope it will be enough to try out one of the pretty lace shawls I've seen on Ravelry. It might even go with the flowered dress too.