So we float through the streets


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.


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.


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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