This postcard serves mostly as an advertisement for Malabrigo Sock Yarn. And a pattern for which I have supertender feelings.
This is shade 812, Chocolate Amargo. Which means Bitter Chocolate down there in Peru where I imagine a giant Wonka-size operation cranking out all their delicious shades. (Isn’t that glorious?)
This yarn has the incredible effect of making me feel like I am eating chocolate, which is a nice thing at a time when I’m trying really hard not to eat chocolate.
I am having the best time working on this, remembering the stroll through Carmel during our spring break trip that led me to Knitting by the Sea, where these three fat skeins were waiting for me.
With exactly one size six needle in my suitcase (traveling light!), I cast on that night for a Citron Grand. For the three of you who don’t know this pattern: Hilary Smith Callis blew out the doors with her original Citron, a free Knitty.com pattern from Winter 2009.
At the moment there are 10,743 Citrons on Ravelry. Your cashmere Citron from 2010 made me sort of insane for this pattern, a semicircle neck napkin shawlette thingie.
According to Hilary, this was her first published pattern. Way to wreck the curve. Jeez.
Not that I’m bitter. Or anything. At this point, Hilary has a pile of smart, pared-down patterns. So many cool, clever ideas in there.
I’m using the expanded Citron pattern, Citron Grand. Makes a bigger wrap, which I have craved since finishing my first, dainty Citron. If anybody’s inclined to make one of these, why not go ahead and vote with your dollars and buy the Citron Grand version instead of using the free one? Four bucks. It’s good to encourage the good designers to keep designing.
At this point I am on the ninth of ten sections, cramming 828 stitches on my needle. It is superb knitting for watching, say, the Forsyte Saga, the 2002 BBC series that will get Downton Abbey fans through the drought.