the best kind of dilemma

Finding myself free to make whatever I want, I remembered the 5 hanks of beautiful Fibre Company’s Terra that I bought when I visited NY two years ago. They’ve been lying around my house basking in my admiration ever since, while I suffer from the dilemma of what to make with not enough of one color for anything in particular?

The truth is, I bought this yarn because of it’s texture and colour. Stuffed into a lovely wooden shelf were several spectacular colors which were all so beautiful it was very hard to choose. I limited myself to five, having no idea what I’d do with them and wishing I could take them all home with me.

The yarn is a silk-baby alpaca-wool blend. I wished I’d bought enough for a cardigan, but I didn’t. So head scratching time. What to make?

Ordinary¬† stripes didn’t seem quite exotic enough. I remember a customer who came into my store a few years ago with a striped cushion she’d made in a lace pattern. She was one of those women of style who possesses such excellent taste that you, mesmerized, become the woman sitting across from Meg Ryan in Sleepless in Seattle who says “I’ll have what she’s having”.

So, I did, years later. Stripes and lace. A beautiful juxtaposition.

The pattern I used for this is Tracery Pattern on Page 126 of The Ultimate Sourcebook of Knitting and Crochet Stitches. I’ve mentioned this book before. It’s one of the knitting tools whose whereabouts I must know at all times or I start to panic.

Please check out The Fibre Company. I’m a fan.

6 Responses to “the best kind of dilemma”

  1. Karen Says:

    Wow, that is beautiful yarn! I do the same thing, buy yarn because it’s beautiful and never enough to make something fabulous. So, is this going to be a cushion or a scarf? It’s gorgeous.

  2. Emma Says:

    Mel, once again your talents impress me and make me think again how clever and creative you are. You should be on the world stage. And we should do lunch! Emma (your errant knitting pupil)

  3. Mel Says:

    Hi Karen,

    It’s a scarf. The only problem is, I made it too wide for it to be long enough and I’m about to run out of yarn! So now I’m going to have to unravel it and make it narrower (3 repeats of the pattern instead of 4). The old story, eh?
    For anyone who’s interested in making it, the stripes are 2x eight row repeats of the stitch pattern and the width will be 23cm wide with 37sts on a 5mm needle.
    I used 4 hanks of Terra, one of each shade. All the colours in this yarn go together beautifully. You can’t go wrong with any combination.

  4. kate Says:

    You continue to be my knitting hero Mel. I love this scarf so much and the colours are sooo edilbe. Can’t wait to see a photo of it being worn. Love Kate xxooxx.

  5. Char Says:

    Just beautiful! As a newer knitter with an inability to pass up a sm
    skein of gorgeous yarn, but too cheap to buy enough for anything substantial, this is an inspiration!

  6. Adriene Says:

    I’m always in awe of people who know a good combo when they see one. I simply don’t have the imagination to put more than two colours together. Beautiful job!

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