Red Unfolding

Every year I become enchanted by amaryllis. I sit and look at them in the morning and drink them in -- the color and the lushness of the shape. Right now, a new double orangey red one is opening. See how it has unfolded --

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to

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to this today


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and coming next, another red 

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You'd think that with the unfinished projects I have, I would be spending time working on a few and completing them. And I will. But not yet. I know myself well enough to know that knitting restless eventually works itself out and so I let myself jump from project to project.

So yesterday I looked at my array of colourmart yarns -- and believe me, there is a lot -- and I kept being drawn to this lovely pale olive silk. It is fine -- 2/60 -- and wonderfully soft. It is a color that I would ordinarily not choose because it leans a bit toward yellow, but it is pale enough that I think I can get away with it. So I looked at patterns I have but none of them quite grabbed me. And I looked on Ravelry at my favorite designers and didn't see anything there either. I went back to Susan Pandorf's Hydrangea Scarf and Stole.

I like the design but she used a fairly heavy yarn -- at least compared to the cobweb I like -- and it is a narrower design than I prefer and making it wider seemed more than I wanted to do. So I decided to borrow from her the garland stitch she did for the ends and then use a lace pattern from one of the Japanese books I have. And this is what I came up with -- I think I like it. You'll be able to see it better when I have knit more. I am using 2.25 mm needles and 11/0 beads.

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