I went to the Gynecologist today and it made me think of one of my favorite patterns the Issey Scarf designed by Olga Buraya-Kefelian. I will tell you in a minute why the doctor visit made me think of this amazing scarf.
I first saw this scarf when those wonderful women at Knit Purl sent me an email showcasing this pattern with one of their beautiful yarns. The minute I saw it I said, "WOW! How did they do that? How did they make pleats in their knitting?" Of course, I bought the pattern (and the yarn) and I was on my way. I was piqued, intrigued, curious. I couldn't wait to get the pattern and the beautiful Madelintosh yarn and start. Once I got it, what I was working on went into a TBFL (to be finished later) tub and I was on my way. Once you get started, it is amazingly easy. It is the perfect travel project. I started making one in a beautiful purple for my sister-in-law Andi. When I finished I thought, I'm just getting good at this so I made another and another. It has become my "go to" travel project. I knit one on our OF (old fart) bus trip to Washington, D.C. Now don't knock it until you've tried one! Comfortable seats, no driving, lots of people to talk to and no finding a parking place in D.C. We had a ball. Next, it was my travel project on our New Mexico and Arizona trip. It fits all of the criteria: it's small, pattern is easy to memorize and it's not boring. It is so interesting looking that people stop all of the time and ask what you're knitting. The question always is, "How do you do that?" It was my travel project on our England, Scotland and Ireland trip.
My favorite yarn to use for Jazzy is Blue Heron. It is what I used in the picture. I have a tub of different Blue Heron awaiting to become a Jazzy. Blue Heron changes color, sparkles and shimmers. Just writing about it makes me want to start a new Jazzy. I made a beautiful black and gray cashmere with a touch of sparkle for a friend for Christmas.
Now why does a doctor's appointment make me think of Jazzy? Last summer I had a surgery. I was going to be in the hospital for several days so I immediately thought JAZZY! I got a beautiful shade of Blue Heron with pink, olive green, a little orange and of course sparkle. I started the scarf before I went to the hospital. I loved it. My surgery was in the morning and at about 5:00, Dick said he was hungry. We decided he would just go home to eat and let Murphy the wonder dog out. After all I had my knitting, could watch a little TV and maybe nap a bit. As the evening went on I would look at Jazzy and think, "This is so beautiful." "This is sooo beautiful." "This is sooooo very beautiful." The next morning when I woke up and got my knitting out and laughed out loud. It looked like several vindictive gremlins had gotten into my knitting. The stitches were uneven, there were unexplainable loops every where. The power of drugs! I tinked (knit backwards) until I got a place that looked like a reasonably talented person knit it. When my doctor came in we laughed about my story. My healing was remarkably fast. A five day stay turned into an over night. I was walking our neighborhood in 2 days. I believe it was the powerful yoga of knitting and a great doctor. So I gave my wonderful doctor the scarf!
This is Murphy the wonder dog.