Silver Threads

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Orange and olive


Monogamy paid off: I finished the Larch scarflet (the designer’s term—I think of it as a shawlette) in time for my friend’s birthday yesterday. Unlike me, my friend will wear orange, so I was happy to have the chance to knit something in colors I rarely touch (the yarn is Heritage Paints from Cascade Yarns; the colorway is Fall Foliage). It was fun to knit (minus the deadline) and I like how it looks, so there’s a higher-than-average chance that I’ll knit another one for myself. So I took more detailed notes than usual: gauge and dimensions before and after blocking, and how much yarn was consumed at various points, usually measured after each half-pattern repeat, which were the logical points to stop early if it looked like I was running out of yarn. Which I wasn’t: I had almost enough for another half-pattern repeat, and I was really tempted to try, just to use the yarn up. (Acknowledging reality, I ended the pattern as written and slipped the remaining yarn into the bottom of the gift bag. Maybe the recipient can find a use for it.)

Larch scarflet (shawlette)

The pattern is wonderfully flexible. There’s no declared gauge (“It honestly doesn’t matter. Pick a combination of yarn and needles that produces a fabric you like.”), and Rue includes suggestions on how to adapt the pattern if you don’t have the 450 yards she recommends. The beginning section, in garter stitch, is good almost-mindless knitting, while the Old Shale pattern is easy to do yet looks impressive. But if (when) I make this again, I’m using lighter stitch markers. The ones I used for this project totaled 17 g, and when your project is less than 100 g to begin with, that’s noticeable.

And I got to knit something in orange yarn. Whee!


10 thoughts on “Orange and olive

  1. I too am blown away that you weighed your stitch markers. Fellow nerds, unite!


  2. w = kmkat (twitchy little finger)


  3. It’s lovely.

    I knit a number of gifts in orange, which I grumbled about, but then I gave in and knit myself something orange. Perhaps you’ll give in too!


    • Oh, I’d truly grumble if I was knitting a gift for someone whose favorite color was khaki or one of the other (few) colors I genuinely dislike. I still don’t see myself making something to wear out of orange yarn if it’s going to be for me—and most of what I make is for me—but maybe I’ll make myself an orange tea cozy or something someday. After all, that golden yellow iPad cover I crocheted did wonders for my yellow yarn craving.


  4. It turned out very nice!

    I think it’s a great idea to use those favorite non-self-flattering colors on things for your household or useables. That way *you* get to look at it and draw pleasure. If you’re wearing it, you’d have to spend way too much time near a mirror for that type of enjoyment.


    • Thank you. And exactly. Or I could peer down at myself all the time to admire the colors and be constantly running into things because I wasn’t watching where I was going. Clearly it’s safer to use these colors around the home.


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