I was wandering around World Headquarters the other day looking for a sticky note. I ended up in the Land of Lichen and Lace, aka the cranny where we keep Megan Ingman’s hand-dyed yarns.
Before I regained my senses, I’d grabbed a batch of skeins of Lichen and Lace Worsted in the color known as Woods. By the end of the weekend, I was done with the back side of a new Easel Sweater, one of my favorite patterns from Field Guide No. 3: Wild Yarns.
I mean: I’ve already knitted three Easels—two using Lichen and Lace Worsted in the colors Pressed Flowers and Marsh Lily, all bright and springy.
But this time it’s all different. It’s Woods. Woods is a completely and totally different color situation. Woods captures exactly what I crave right now: the woods. I’ve spent every day since March walking the neighborhood and parks outside Nashville, admiring the trees, thinking about nature, absorbing as much of a forest’s deep, 3-D geometry as I can.
I just watch the colors land, row by row, and it’s so soothing.
The game with a supervariegated yarn like this is that you have to let go of any concern about what the colors are going to do. You have to simply knit, and watch, and marvel at Megan Ingman’s ability to make yarn that captures the beauty of a deep forest.
She puts greens, yellows, purply browns, and darkest umber in there.
I am not typically a knitter of sweaters using wildly variegated yarns. But there’s just something about this yarn that makes me lose all perspective.
It’s big news when a pooling effect starts, or when dark/light stripes kick in. I’m telling you, it’s the small things that are going to get us through the coming weeks and months.
The back side of the stockinette looks cool. Maybe this will end up a reverse Easel?
A First Sweater
Happily, our events coordinator Janet Berka has caught Lichen and Lace fever, too. She scooped up some Lichen and Lace Worsted in Shroom to make her very first sweater. It’s going to be an Easel.
I can’t wait to see how hers turns out. If she’d go ahead and livestream her progress, I’d tune in.