Sunday, March 31, 2013

It Isn't Easy Being Green

Since I was very young, I have always claimed "green" as my favorite color. But it was always a very specific color that I was after, like the green from the crayon box. However, I really appreciated seeing all the greens while surrounded by Nature, in the woods, on drives, around the cabin we vacationed in. 
Blocking the feather and fan pattern

When presented with various specific and different shades of green however, I was extremely particular. Not one was good enough for me to love and claim as part of the palette of color that was supposedly my favorite. 

A quick review of my Ravelry page shows that I have knit one dark blue-green and red shawl, a Slytherin scarf for a brother-in-law, a hat that contained remnants, and an Ariel scarf for a friend. 73 projects, only four of them green. And green is listed as my favorite color on my profile here too...

So when my swap package showed up at the end of February with a green skein of Malabrigo Rios (Colorway 128 Fresco y Seco), I definitely said, hummmmmmmm...
 I looked around for a pattern on Ravelry, searching "Malabrigo Rios, one skein" and found link to a memory that this color evoked.
Action shot: windy day!
In 2011, I took a hiking vacation in the Pacific Northwest. Not to be missed were the amazing waterfalls along the Columbia River Gorge. Multnomah Falls was the mightiest. The pattern that turned up was named Multnomah. The colors in the yarn reminded me of the great scenery that I saw on my hikes.
Upper half of Multnomah Falls, OR, taken from the famous footbridge
 I began knitting immediately and lo and behold, fell for all these amazing colors coming off the skein. I couldn't stop, and soon was running out of yarn. I ordered another skein from the same shop that my swap buddy had bought my skein from, but alas, the kettle dyed yarn was wildly different.
 A visit to my own local yarn shop revealed that they had the Sock yarn of my colorway in stock. It was similar enough that I decided to use it instead of the yarn I ordered. The ladies at the shop advised me to double the amount of stitches as I added the new yarn.
 It took me another full week of knitting to get those 500+ stitches per row all knit up 40 times! I was rather fatigued by the process, but I think the result is well worth the effort!
 And I decided that I truly do love green to knit with. Even if all the shades aren't exactly perfect, the combination, just like Nature are really exactly right!

(PS Happy Easter!)

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