Beauty calms me. It doesn't matter if it is a flower, a sunset or a piece of art, it calms me. Maybe that is why I love yarn so much. Just being in its presence calms me. Now lets start at the very beginning "That's a very good place to start."
Before our last trip to the Coastal Condo, I fell in love with the Stripe Study Shawl and. . .
after much indecision, paired it with Twisted Fiber Art Evolution in Tasty with colorway Juicy and Madelinetosh in a dark/light grey.
I started it before we left to see if it would be good travel knitting. It was. I even showed you the finished, unsteamed product.
Yesterday, I got serious. I brought our Madonna (my hot mama steamer) and decided to allow The Stripe Study Shawl to reach its potential.
This is my master piece finished but not steamed. Finally you can see the beauty of Evolution Juicy. It is a rainbow of fruit from strawberry to watermelon to tangerine to orange to mango to papaya to lemon to lime. It makes my mouth water just looking at it. I must admit that I did get a little bit antsy as I was knitting. I've had this cake of Twisted Fiber Art Juicy for quite a while. It was part of "the collection." It is the only cake of Juicy I had and you know how I feel about discontinued yarn or yarn I'll not be able to replace. I am quite proud I made something totally beautiful out of it AND I haven't brought another cake to replace it. I think that is a small victory over my yarn addiction. Now for the finale.
This is Beautiful Juicy immediately after steaming. Look at the interesting curves caused by the short rows. There is the pleasing curve down the middle and the interesting curve along the right side. Now for the ultimate beauty.
Lydia loves it! This picture shows off the gradual color change the evolution in the color of the beautiful Juicy.
This thing of beauty may become my joy forever. I am not sure I can part with this. Isn't it funny how somethings become more a part of you than others. This got me through the tension of the accident and will always be a reminder of the wonderful week with Butch and Evie at the Coastal Condo. When Christmas comes, I'll have to see if this treasure begs to go to one of my friends or if it is happy here with me. Finishing this beauty was like finishing a book you absolutely loved. Just like you have a hard time finding a book which holds your interest after spending time with a book you love, I am having a hard time settling on something I want to knit.
This blog is dedicated to Mary Helen Growt my first knitting teacher and the woman who changed my life. The mission of Knitting: A Love Story is to preserve, share and promote the love of knitting.