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Cream Tea

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Dear Ann,
In the precious sitting time allowed on my recent trip, I worked on the Lace Ribbon Scarf, and finished it. Coming in at just under 2 skeins of Claudia Handpainted Linen (the base yarn is Euroflax Originals Sportweight), Lace Ribbon Scarf is done.
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Let us pause for a moment to note that I not only choose the same colors over and over, but the same combinations. I don’t do this consciously, and certainly not out of a desire to live matchily. I just find myself drawn to the same colors again and again. After a while a new color pokes its way into the rotation. I’m never bored.
The scarf is approximately 52 inches long. I worked 20 1/2 repeats of the 24-row lacy ribbon pattern.
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It’s long enough to knot in the French manner. But I think that obscures the ribbon pattern too much. (The lady bust belonged to my late mother-in-law. I think this is the first time it’s modelled knitting. It’s as close as I’ve got to a Madonna, and I’m missing the Madonnas.)
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As I worked on the scarf, I started to think, in a caffeinated way, about what a nice stole it would make if it were wider, and how it would be fun, yet still beautiful, to tweak the pattern to make the ribbons wave a bit more fluidly. I have 3 skeins of Handmaiden Sea Silk that were meant for a birthday stole for a friend and never quite made it to cast-on. (It had absolutely nothing to do with the fact that I noticed that there were 999 Lacy Ribbon projects on Ravelry, and that if I hurried, I could be number 1000.)
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Unlike most of the Sea Silk colors, which are rich and saturated, this one is almost pure cream. It looks like it was splashed with weak tea. I can’t wait to see it undulating in the ribbon lace pattern.
To those in the U.S., have a wonderful long weekend. Get your summer knitting organized!
Love,
Kay

25 Comments

25 Comments

  1. you have inspired me to start my own lace ribbon scarf! i’ve never worked the pattern before and it’s super fun.
    thanks for the point in the right direction!

  2. Did anyone else look at that last photo and think “Yarn Ball in a Corset”?
    No?
    Never mind….

  3. Just one day out of life…it could be…it could be SO NICE…if we took a holiday…
    Did you mean that Madonna? J-P Gaultier corsets?

  4. Is it just me, or is that the exact same lace pattern from the Waving Lace socks (but with the k2togs and SSKs reversed)? Not that I object, I’ve made that pattern easily over a dozen times – even DH has about 3 pairs in the pattern – it’s just pretty striking to me. And it does make a great scarf!

  5. Matching colors – it’s the same with us. The sheets and towels I bought this year match the sheets and towels we were given for our wedding in 1985..My husband is a painter and the oils he chooses match….
    I’m painting the living room next week – the same green as in the sheets, the towels, the bedroom wall and the painting (and the desert I drive through to get to work).

  6. What a beautiful lace scarf! I like the idea of translating it into a stole (and not a moment too soon to cover up that “yarn ball in a corset”…).
    I, too, am one of those people who tends toward the same colors. Whenever I begin a project for ME (never to be finished, by the way), I always seem to choose some form of purlpe, or purple/fuschia combo.
    Looking forward to #1,000!
    LoveDiane

  7. Don’t forget your UK readers – we’re having a long holiday this weekend too (hurray !).
    I like the idea of splashing cream yarn with weak tea – if I ever get into yarn sying, I might try that.

  8. This IS a wonderful long, lazy, weekend. I’m finishing my Pimlico Shrug (done in luxury cotton – oh I love my Rowan Luxury Cotton) and worked yesterday to line up my summer knits. Once again Kay, we are twins. (I won’t mention the SECOND ribbon lace scarf started in SILK. Oh my.

  9. Actually, I wonder about the people who don’t seem to have a color identity. How do they every match things… and why can’t they be faithful to a few colors? ;^)
    Yes, I’ve been plotting the lace ribbon wrap, too. First, to decide on those colors.

  10. both are beautiful. My husband calls anything peachy or coral “my signature colour” must be a sign I own too much of it!

  11. i love your lady bust! (sorry, that doesn’t sound right! :-) ) is she marble? does she have a name? our family has a similar one…..named “laura.” a classic beauty.

  12. Organized? Gaahhh….
    That scarf/stole would also be lovely beaded.

  13. you’re right about the pink oggetto hanging on a door, it means a baby girl was born to the family living there. i’ve seen two in florence, both pink butterflies.

  14. I saw that scarf in basic blue and thought “meh”, but seeing it in your turquoise-and-friends yarn, when I am in the midst of a mad turquoise phase myself, I thought “yum”, and onto my Ravelry queue it goes…
    I also like the cream colorway, and yes, I saw a corset. Blame it on the ending weekend of our local Renaissance festival.

  15. I can’t cope with any more projects. I must finish the ones I have already. I must have a better look at that scarf. I must see if I can get just the right yarn. I could start it on the way to Manchester on Thursday!!

  16. I did not have that much success with this scarf, I seemed to run in to trouble at row 11 for whatever reason. Therefore I started a scarf discussed at Yarn Harlot, Feather and Fan (Old Shale). Fifty-four stitch wide scarf, five stitches of garter at each edge, four repeats of Old Shale in between. Good spring knitting. Actually, come to think about it, I made six of these ‘scarfs’ years ago and then sewed them together to make an afghan. And probably did that more than once. Al la my grandmother. Oh well, what’s old is new again, enh?
    Louise

  17. I did not have that much success with this scarf, I seemed to run in to trouble at row 11 for whatever reason. Therefore I started a scarf discussed at Yarn Harlot, Feather and Fan (Old Shale). Fifty-four stitch wide scarf, five stitches of garter at each edge, four repeats of Old Shale in between. Good spring knitting. Actually, come to think about it, I made six of these ‘scarfs’ years ago and then sewed them together to make an afghan. And probably did that more than once. Al la my grandmother. Oh well, what’s old is new again, enh?
    Louise

  18. I did not have that much success with this scarf, I seemed to run in to trouble at row 11 for whatever reason. Therefore I started a scarf discussed at Yarn Harlot, Feather and Fan (Old Shale). Fifty-four stitch wide scarf, five stitches of garter at each edge, four repeats of Old Shale in between. Good spring knitting. Actually, come to think about it, I made six of these ‘scarfs’ years ago and then sewed them together to make an afghan. And probably did that more than once. Al la my grandmother. Oh well, what’s old is new again, enh?
    Louise

  19. Sorry about double post.

  20. The scarf is lovely, but that CREAM is wonderful! Can’t wait to see this develop!!!
    (((hugs)))

  21. Beautiful! This project was in my queue and now I have a new level of enthusiasm. Just wish you could figure out how to inject additional knitting hours into my queue, too…

  22. Louise, Louise, Louise–I LOVE the idea of sewing 6 “old shale” scarves together! Did you sew them side by side (i.e. 6 in a row), or did you do 2 rows of 3 in each row? What colors–6 all different, one color only, stripes, varigated, etc.?? Talk to me, Louise…
    LoveDiane

  23. Kay,thanks for the Firenze restaurant “reviews”. Will be able to check ‘em out myself in October. What I want to know: did you go yarn shopping and where?

  24. Ohhh I love the whites and creams and tones. That is going to be beautiful.

  25. I agree, that cream looks yummy….