I’m a great believer in doing something nice for myself if I’m feeling a bit under the weather. It usually isn’t anything very big, but it always has to be something that I know will improve my day. Sometimes it’s a bubble bath with scented candles and a gin and tonic to hand (this is usually after a hard day dealing with teenagery moods), sometimes it’s a bunch of daffodils or roses from the garden or a bar of chocolate. Rather than wallowing in misery – as frankly right now I feel slightly tempted to – I try just to do one small thing to make the day a bit better.
Today I decided to let myself put aside the no new projects rule and started a purple lacy scarf using Jade Sapphire Mongolian Cashmere (which I bought in Santa Monica in October and have been drooling over ever since!). The colour is supposed to be smokey mountain, but to be honest if anyone said that to me I’d think it was grey – and this is most definitely perfect purple.
As you would imagine, the yarn is divine …..so soft…..and I think absolutely my favourite colour. It’s funny, my mother has an intense, almost physical aversion to purple. I think she would be violently ill if ever made to wear purple – and I love it, as do my daughters. I’m not sure if we’re just contrary, but I really do love purple and this is a gorgeous soft smooshy shade!
The pattern is an improvised lily of the valley and would also be wonderful if it didn’t have two nupp stitches every row to make the bobbles on the lily of the valley. (Nupp stitches are 5 stitches knitted into one – in this case with two yarn overs for good measure – which are then knitted together on the pearl row to make a bobble. And I’m awful at knitting loosely enough to make the p5tog anything other than a complete wurg.)
I can’t sit still for very long at all right now, but three or four rows at a time makes a difference – and I’m loving the result. It almost makes up for not being out on the ski slopes in the oh so perfect weather!