As you are aware, I’ve been under the sway of one Cristina B. Shiffman of Philadelphia since the earliest days of this blog. Cristina has good ideas and great taste, combined with a commendable ability to git ’r’ done. No muss, no fuss. So when Cristina made a double-wide version of the Parallelogram Scarf from Field Guide No. 5: Sequences, I immediately wanted to follow her lead. All the cushy, subtle color and warmth of the Original Parallelogram, but twice as wide, for even cozier cocooning of the neck.
I’ve already knit one Parallelogram Scarf. The simple, compelling 2 x 2 rhythm of knits and purls (always one step off, to keep the knitter mildly on her toes), was a joy from start to finish. The yarn—Freia Fine Handpaints Shawl Balls—probably had a lot to do with it. Using two shades of this slow-changing, lush merino single, there is a lot of entertainment per yard.
Is it changing now? How about now? Wait—it changed when I wasn’t looking. WHAT? I could play this game all day.
I gave my first Parallelogram Scarf to a friend who admired it, and had the pleasure of seeing it wrapped around her neck many times during a winter that went on and on. I was glad my friend wanted it, because I had decided it was Not For Me. I wanted this scarf, but I wanted it wider. Like Cristina’s.
Cristina’s Double-Wide Parallelogram scarf in two shades of Freia Fine Handpaints: Canyon and Sulfur Springs.
Same scarf, different lighting. I love the dramatic light/dark contrast of the two shades cristina chose.
On the way to Shakerag last week, I cast on 181, an addition of 80 stitches to the Original Recipe Parallelogram. I chose two Parallelogram Scarf kits from the collection of lonely photography samples at MDK Headquarters (unsaleable because we had taken their labels off, but otherwise in perfect condition, and clamoring to be knitted up). That adds up to 4 skeins, of which I imagine I’ll use somewhere between 3 and 4.
The go bag of my dreams. my first two shades are lichen and purple heart, from two different parallelogram scarf kits.
This was the perfect project for driving (riding, with you at the wheel) to and from Sewanee, sitting around the St. Andrew’s campus during the three days of the MDK Knitting Getaway, and flying home. It will continue to be the perfect project for our upcoming junket to Cleveland and back for the big TNNA yarn-industry trade show.
Soon after, with any luck, I’ll have a double-wide Parallelogram Scarf to store away for the first nippy days of autumn.