So we float through the streets

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Pattern: Old Shale Scarf by Tiennie
Yarn: Knit Picks Imagination Hand Painted Sock Yarn (50% merino, 25% alpaca, 25% nylon), colorway Lost Boys
Needles: U.S. 6 Signature straights

It’s not exactly that I finished all these projects at once. This one has been bound off and blocking for a week. But I took advantage of a sunny day and the availability of my favorite model to get pictures of all of them at once. Today’s featured scarf is the companion piece to yesterday’s hat, a gift for the other teacher in our kids’ lives — Mrs. K., Cady Gray’s kindergarten teacher.

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It was begun in a great hurry. I was headed to Atlanta for four days of non-stop meetings, and I desperately needed a project that would last the whole trip and be easy enough to knit without a pattern at hand. On that trip I finished nearly the entire first ball of sock yarn, and over the next six weeks I picked it up off and on whenever I was in a meeting or presentation. Slowly the second ball disappeared.

This stitch pattern, variously called feather-and-fan and Old Shale, is one of the oldest and most versatile in any knitter’s repertoire. It produces a lacy, textured, rippling pattern that serves highly variegated yarns extremely well. I was utterly befuddled about how to use this gorgeous, idiosyncratic, fuzzy fingering-weight yarn until I lighted upon it — simple, open, separating the colors to avoid a muddy mess, producing strong yet feminine curves to corral the riot of hues.

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Mrs. K. is retiring. My daughter’s kindergarten class will be her last. And it seemed appropriate to give her something with some effort, time, and love in it. Something colorful and bright for a vibrant new phase of her life. Something just a touch flamboyant for a woman who doesn’t have to dress for practicality any more. I hope this long, soft, skinny accessory will suit.

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