February 13, 2009

Just Enough Red for Valentine's Day

Just Enough Ruffles scarf - pattern by Laura Chau at
Just Enough Ruffles in Malabrigo (worsted) "Garnet"

Last week, I got a little bit antsy for something red and also to find time to actually knit (my mom is still visiting). Red yarns make up the bulk of my impulse yarn purchases -- it's a color I'll frequently buy and stash before I have a plan or a pattern for the yarn. This Malabrigo in Garnet is an orangish shade of red with pops of light pink and brown. It was initially slated for a Wonderful Wallaby, but I couldn't get gauge with it and finally accepted it would need to be something else. So although I had planned to find a neutral color yarn for the Just Enough Ruffles scarf, I saw two skeins of Malabrigo in my closet, already wound in center-pull cakes, and I liberated them to knit a little something to wear on Valentine's Day tomorrow. However, I misread the well-written increase instructions and didn't end up with the required number of ruffle stitches. In spite of that, I chose to finish the scarf anyway and I love it. I love the yarn. I love the color. I love the pattern. My knitting mistakes didn't prove to be fatal and I'd already planned to knit another before even starting this one.

Several little things have found me feeling off-kilter this week, but finding this fortune was a highlight:

Fortune on Red Fiestaware Pedestal Bowl

It's so true . . . and it's something I've discovered over and over again in my lifetime.

Happy Valentine's Day to all my friends and readers.

Hibiscus in The Woodlands, Texas

I'm inspired to incorporate more red into my life this year . . . and I absolutely love it with yellow.