I’ve lost those red socks. They’ve got to be around here somewhere, but I’m going to have to wait until they ooze back up from the primordial muck that is the yarn situation around here these days.
In searching for the red socks, I unearthed a project that has a tragic quality to it. It’s a Citron, that wonderful 2009 pattern by Hilary Smith Callis. It’s a handspun yarn the provenance of which I can’t recall. Somebody made this yarn, and I don’t know who. I AM HAUNTED, I tell you. I feel like I should be giving this person a high five yet none can be given.
The tragedy part is that the Citron was complete, except that it stopped halfway across the cast-off row. The yarn ran out, a sad little thread dangling from the needles indicating that no, there was no more blue handspun to be found. I obviously hadn’t knit fast enough to finish the thing before the yarn ran out. And what kind of lameness let me stuff this back in a bag and give it nary another thought? Cold hearted!
As happens, not long after I came across the Tragic Citron, I unearthed a nice, dense ball of some other handspun, provenance also unknown, of the same weight as the Tragic Citron.
In the spirit of oh-what-the-hell-the-red-socks-are-missing, I immediately undid the sad, failed cast-off and started in with the purpley green handspun.
It’s a little wacky. I definitely would not have conceived of doing this from the get-go. It is definitely a battlefield decision.
I can almost feel the mood of this spinner in this yarn—there are moments when it is as thin as thread, others when it’s loose and fluffy.
I’m at a bit of a crossroads now, could use your help. If I cast off now, this will be the small Citron that you sort of wedge into a jacket collar—it’s pretty small. I made a Citron Grand that is a much lusher proportion, and a lot more to knit. The question is whether to carry on with this purpley green handspun to the larger size, or to cast off now with the small one. I do like watching this yarn unfurl. But the variegation is really not the same action as in the blue yarn, so it’s a bit hinky and not my usual jam.
Anyway, all advice welcome. If the red socks show up, I’m putting this back to marinate another four years or so.
PS If you are inclined to make a Citron, I wholeheartedly encourage you. Here’s the thing: Hilary Smith Callis published this in 2009 on Knitty as a free pattern. To date, 12,631 Citrons have been made on Ravelry—who knows how many thousands more are out there. Hilary gained a lot of visibility yet made not a penny. She did publish a Ravelry pattern for the larger version of Citron, Citron Grand, and 293 projects show up on Ravelry. For four bucks, you support a designer’s clever idea. Voting with your dollars is a wonderful thing to do. Also: she has gone on to publish many other very cool patterns, definitely a great designer to browse.