Purple, part one
Thursday October 09th 2014, 10:34 pm
Filed under: Family,Knit,Knitting a Gift

I did it.

I deliberately put on my purple skirt this morning. Now, this purple skirt and I have a problem. It shades slightly towards the brown side, unlike the supposedly identical broken-zipper one it was replacing that I’d loved, while the top I’d ordered to match it does not.

They clashed. I overdyed the top and I love how it came out but it still doesn’t match the skirt and my eye is not happy with them together.

So yeah, I wear plain white with the skirt that arrived not quite the right color. The price of hating going shopping.

And the reason I mention this is the scarf. The long, soft, endless, boring, pretty, repetitive, densely knit, heavy, I’m going out of my mind scarf that I’ve been desperate to get off my hands and off my needles so I can dive into the baby stuff before my granddaughter arrives, because I know if I abandon it again it will stay abandoned and my cousin’s move from warm California to chilly England was postponed so she doesn’t have to have it this month after all and that makes it way too easy to say oh no hurry then, whenever.

It is purple. And it is a prettier purple than either of the two in my outfit and yes I did put on that skirt and that top. Deliberately. By putting on that combination I only love separately I knew I was making it so my eyes would want all day to reach for the shade that peacemakes between them. The scarf is actually also two different shades playing together–only they really do, the Malabrigo Arroyo in Borrajas and the heathered mink laceweight, calm and steady and setting off the best in each other.

You would think those yarns would work up quickly. You would think wrong. In all these weeks I’ve knitted and knitted and I’ve blackholed it the whole time.

Till at last calling towards the other room tonight: “Did you hear that snap?”

“What snap?”

“The snap when the yarn breaks.”

“It’s bad when the yarn breaks!”

“Not when it means you just finished your project.”

And that, that, is how you get a two month long stinking endless dragging scarf project off those needles. Make it be the place where your eyes get to rest. (And turn on the stereo for some music relief and laugh out loud when you discover how much fun the little grandsons had moving all those pretty tiny buttons around on the stereo equalizer.)

Pardon me while I measure the thing for gauge-swatching and cast on the matching hat, quick, before the day is done. I’ll wear that skirt again if I have to but next time the top is going to be white.

(Pottery by my friends Mel and Kris and sons at mkwares.net.)

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I have a love/hate relationship with those black hole projects too. A funny thing happens when I’m finished though. I try to remember to post the details of the project on my Ravelry page when I start it so I have an accurate start date. Then when I go back to post the finish date I’m always amazed that it didn’t take as long as it seemed. It sounds like you’re feeling better. I sure hope so!

Comment by Jody 10.10.14 @ 6:08 am

Vegetables before dessert, eh? Or maybe a fruit course (grapes)?

Comment by twinsetellen 10.10.14 @ 8:39 pm

Yay for finished! I had to work my fingers off to finish two scarves before jetting off to Scotland….both for men, so nothing in the pretty purples you played with. Love that the hat hopped on the needles right away, too.

Comment by Ruth 10.10.14 @ 9:33 pm

I prefer a more royal purple or a soft lavender… but in that mug, it’s perfect. I will not click over and look at their wares. I will not…

Comment by Channon 10.11.14 @ 3:09 pm

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