Back from LA. You know how you have that tender reunion with the projects you could not take with you?
Escalator Scarf, I’m back! Did you miss me half as much as I missed you?
This is my first project for our Erikalong, the knitalong wherein we all knit Erika Knight’s designs from Field Guide No. 20: Atlas. (Plenty of time to join us—we’re at it through the end of May, and then forever, as usual.)
Absence makes the heart think about the color pink. I generally veer away from pink as fast as possible. It can skew my general pallor toward a truly consumptive vibe. I have fervently believed this for decades.
But then I started this scarf, in a shade of our Atlas yarn we call Tutu. I went with Tutu because of my ongoing project to try colors I typically don’t use.
What I noticed while I was in LA is that LA loves pink. There’s pink all over the place: buildings, restaurants, athleisure, pots containing succulents, sunset skies, electric cars. The longer I was there, the more I started to Think Maybe Pink. It looks so fresh, so right for springtime.
My pink thinking extended so far that one day I bought a pale pink cashmere sweater. It’s a cloud. When I tried it on, I felt like a slightly different person. Then I found a gigantic linen tiered dress, also a washed-out pink. I didn’t look like something was wrong with me; I looked just fine. This was when LA had hit 99 degrees for three days straight, so I was exceptionally pink myself, now that I think about it.
So: pink. I like it for this Escalator Scarf because it will be a definite perk-up with my winter jackets. The proportion of pink here is just right. And the cables look juicy and dimensional in this color of Atlas.
What’s the color you avoid? We all have them, and sometimes we decide against a color for really specific and maybe irrational reasons.
For me, pink has turned a corner. I heartily encourage you to try a color you have avoided. Yes, it could be a disaster. On the other hand, it could be kind of great.