Archive for October 2012

Let her dance to our favorite song

October 14, 2012

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Pattern: Shaelyn by Leila Raabe (Ravelry link)
Yarn: Knit Picks Stroll Tonal (75% merino, 25% nylon), colorway Royalty
Needles: U.S. 5 Harmony wood Options 24″ circular (knit flat)

This was my travel knitting project during our summer vacation to Atlanta. As longtime readers will remember, I have very specific requirements for travel knitting. The project has to be fine gauge, to get maximum knitting mileage out of yarn that takes up minimal space in the luggage. Socks do the trick, but socks have one drawback — I’m not experienced enough to be able to turn heels without lengthy careful attention, so sock projects always come to a point where I can’t easily pick up and put down the knitting at a moment’s notice. So my default travel knitting is a fingering weight scarf.

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And lately I’ve been all over lacy triangular scarves. I think my favorite one I ever made was this Larch for my mom — or maybe it’s a matter of absence making the heart grown fonder. The Shaelyn pattern reminded me of that one, only with more lace. I did have to count rows, and sometimes with travel knitting I go for something truly mindless, but since I wasn’t going to be knitting while sitting in meetings or conference sessions, I craved a bit of complexity.

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Purple knits are always in style at my workplace, since the university’s colors are purple and gray. And I love nothing better than a colorful accessory. I tend not to wear neutral outfits, so I’m piling color on top of color in most cases. But I don’t care what purple does and doesn’t go with. Red, green, blue, another shade of purple — that pretty much describes my wardrobe of solid, basic tees, and I’ll throw a scarf of almost any color on top of any of them.

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Tone-on-tone, semisolid yarns are my absolute favorite to knit with. The colors are always one-of-a-kind, rarely pool or stripe unattractively, and never fail to coordinate. The result is a garment or accessory that couldn’t be purchased off the rack — a true original, a statement, a signature. This beautiful scarf, with its luxurious deep hues and gracefully shaped textures, perfectly illustrates that quality