It’s a sickening thud to realize how vulnerable we are. As Lin-Manuel Miranda keeps saying, nothing is promised, not one day. Knitting doesn’t fix everything, or anything, really. I guess it fixes sitting in a chair listening to a convention and wanting to do something productive while you are listening. That’s what I’ve been doing in the evenings, this week and last week. I don’t know how people listen to political conventions without knitting in their hands. Bless their hearts, you know? (Also: the Olympics are coming; LEARN TO KNIT.)
I’m racing through my Metronome scarf. To review, I’m knitting it in Berroco Indigo cotton yarn, at a healthy gauge of approximately 18 stitches over 4 inches. It’s getting big, fast. This is a bit of a concern, because I intend this cotton Metronome as a summer scarf; therefore, I don’t want it to get so big that it feels blankety, or heavy in any way. I’m looking for a dashing swath of stripes to decorate the neck and collarbone area, not a full-fledged shawl.
Here’s Metronome at 4 stripes of Color 1 (the dark blue). (This is the wrong side, but I like it even better than the right side.) The pattern calls for knitting 6 stripes of color 1, then a border in color 3, then binding off. I considered stopping here, at 4 stripes. The problem is that I don’t think there’s enough length to wrap it around the neck and leave the ends dangling in front, which is obviously the way to wear Metronome. I do not want to have to tie it in front for the Girl Scout Effect. That is not a flattering look for the older Girl Scout, in my opinion.
So I’m soldiering on, today and tomorrow, to knit a fifth stripe in colors 1 and 2, then the color 3 border, and then bind off. It’s a crescent shawl, with increases on every row that steadily lengthen the wingspan of the scarf.
For motivation, I’m looking at my precious cake of Rifton by Jill Draper Makes Stuff. Rifton is wool, so it’s not summer scarf material (by my lights). But I keep wondering how a yarn with long stripes of colors would work up into a Metronome, if you used one end of the cake for Color 1 and the other end of the cake for Color 2. Will the colors all crash into each other and make mud, or will proper stripes organize themselves in an orderly fashion?
Only one way to find out. I’m going in.