I write you from deepest Ohio. I am here to deposit a child for higher educational purposes. On the drive out yesterday, I had ice cream twice, so I will confess to being a little hung over today. (A DQ dip on the road, and later, a scoop of fresh peach in Cleveland. That’s a quarterly allotment of ice cream for me, as the only kinds I really like are DQ and fresh peach, neither of which are readily available to me on the reg.) But before I left New York, I documented the glorious finish of Metronome the Second.
Pattern: Metronome by Julia Farwell-Clay. A super-fun knit in which you do intarsia without bobbins or balls or pulling from the tangle, or even cutting the yarn.
Yarn: Rifton, by Jill Draper Makes Stuff. Rifton is a long-striping yarn in which there are two undyed colors, straight off the sheep’s back, and two dyed colors. (This shade is Winter.)
Rifton was a Love At First Sight yarn for me, and I clutched my 600-yard cake of it for months while dithering about choice of pattern.
Many eligible patterns were considered and rejected, mostly for no reason other than my reluctance to stop dreaming about what I could make with my Rifton and actually make something with it. When the idea struck me to do the intarsia stripes of Metronome using the inside end and the outside end of Rifton as the two colors, I couldn’t resist.
I was so curious as to how it would work out. The pattern starts with a tab cast-on at the top neck, and the two ends of Rifton contrasted crisply for a good long while. As the cake of yarn diminished, however, I could see the future, and the future was that at some point, both ends would be the same cobalt/peacock shade of blue.
When the two blue sections collided, it made Invisible Intarsia. I kept changing yarns at the switching point, but the color was the same. I kept knitting until the colors started to contrast again.
Could I have broken the yarn, and skipped over the blue on one end, to make the intarsia visible? Yes, easily enough. But I was grooving on the slow, subtle changes in color, and I couldn’t be bothered. I like the sudden wide swath of deep blue, with just the faint line between the two stripes.
For the final edge, I used Jill’s Mohonk, in a taupe-unto-lavender that almost looks like it was part of the Rifton. Such springy, perfect yarn.
I think I’ve solved the problem of how to fold a crescent shawl: fold it at the center, then in half again, and then roll it, loosely.
A wool burrito that will sit nicely in a drawer or on a shelf, waiting to be worn.
Thanks, Julia and Jill, for a delightful knit that entertained me greatly, and then turned into a perfect thing.