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.