Have you ever made an item for someone else and wanted to keep it for yourself?
That's the scenario for my most recent silk mohair scarf, finished this week.
The magenta was paired with a multicoloured grey. A variety of tones, ranging from a cool silver grey to a warm french grey, added interest and sophistication. Juxtaposed against the magenta, the silver grey revealed some underlying blue tones in its darkest sections.
|The scarf went everywhere in this pretty quilted bag|
so I could work on it anytime, anywhere.
It was destined for the local gallery shop to be displayed as part of the autumn/winter collection so I was mindful to have it finished before winter, and preferably well before autumn's end.
One particular day, while waiting for an early morning appointment, as my crochet brushed against my sleeve, I noticed that the scarf contained the same tone of deep pink as the jacket I was wearing.
The jacket was a deep magenta but, depending on the light, it sometimes looked bright pink and at other times more purple. I loved this jacket because of its intense colour but, because it was somewhere between pink and purple, none of my accessories matched.
|I was wearing these colours |
at the time.
Conscience wrestled with desire as I continued crocheting. Different people came in and out of the waiting room. My doctor was going to be late, I was told. No worries - more crochet time.
The longer I crocheted the more time I had to become aware of just how perfect the scarf would be with my jacket; until the lady next to me spoke: "That must be your favourite colour."
There it was - the "a-ha" moment. She had noticed too! Yes, I do want to keep this one for myself, I finally admitted. Surely, that lady's comment was a sign!
I placed my work on my lap to chat to my new friend and noticed that my skirt had the same grey and blue-grey tones as the scarf as well! That does it - this scarf must be meant for me!
My friends and family agreed, noting that I crochet so much for others that I deserve to keep something for myself occasionally.
|Uh-oh! This may not be enough!|
The final signal that I was meant to have this scarf was during the last stage of crochet. My 'gallery scarves' have ten stripes - five of each colour. For some reason (perhaps loose tension on a previous scarf consumed more than usual), it looked like I wouldn't have enough yarn to complete the fifth pink stripe.
|Let's check the scales.|
|Double crochet (UK) edges instead of another wavy stripe.|
The scarf was not the full width as the others and was now unsuitable to become a 'gallery scarf' anyway. Guilt calmed, I am now the happy owner of a beautiful silk mohair scarf and have solved the problem of what to wear with my jacket!
|This scarf is named "Silver Orchid"|
Yarn: Alchemy "Haiku" 2 ply lace weight
60% mohair 40% silk
25 grams & 325 yards (approximately 297 metres) per skein.
The scarf used approximately half a skein of each colour.
Pink colour: 155c 'Charm School'
Grey colour: 09c 'Diamonda'
Hook: 5.5 mm bamboo straight hook
Alchemy, Yarns of Transformation, Sebastopol, CA, USA: http://www.alchemyyarns.com/