After I finished the Lucy Neatby Bubbles scarf, I just had to find more Lucy Neatby. I went to that fabulous website Patternfish and found the glorious Paintbox scarf. It is also double knit, so after I downloaded the pattern, I was on my way. I made a trip to my yarn stash and found the perfect yarn. You won't believe how beautiful it is!
I found a fingering weight cashmere with a slight sparkle. After matching it with Kauni, I was on my way. I learned a lot from this scarf. Double knitting isn't all that hard when you are using the knit stitch, but purl stitches are something else. I can't even describe the contortions my left hand had to perform to make purl stitches possible. I thought I might end up with a trigger finger/middle finger deformity! All of the squares are in purl stitch.
Isn't it beautiful!!!! I love it. The subtle fade of the Kauni! The sparkle in the cashmere! I love it. There was a point I believed I was expending so much energy that purl double knitting must be an aerobic exercise! When I was finished, I was so proud but decided I probably wouldn't make another. I was spent and proud and spent. That's when I knew I would give it to my sister Kathy for Christmas. I couldn't imagine anyone else who would appreciate my toil and it's beauty more. Kathy took the pictures. Didn't she do a great job! Writing about the Paintbox has made me want to knit another Paintbox--almost. Now when I slap myself back to realty, I know that will never happen. Kathy has a one of a kind.