May 23, 2008
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.
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.
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.)
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.)
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!