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Perfect purple

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

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 … 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!


3 Responses to “Perfect purple”

  1. CarlaHR Says:

    Hello Helen, sorry you are still feeling sore but glad that you decided to allow yourself a treat – that is going to be a lovely scarf when it is finished. We are both working on purple – I have just finished designing my purple/square crayola challenge project and will start cutting it out this afternoon. I never knew there were so many shades of purple out there – so far I’ve got 22 tints/patterns.
    My husband had a fall from his bike onto the garage floor a few years ago and cracked a vertebrae – he went to the doctor who confirmed that there was nothing to be done but wait for it to mend itself.
    Take care and enjoy your knitting.

  2. Vreni Says:

    Have you ever heard of the Rorschach Colour Test? I had to do it once for a job application. Maybe it could explain why you love it and your mum has an aversion to purple.
    Anyway, as I was reading the headline to this post, I thought you are writing about the colour of your “derrière” today after your fall yesterday ;). How is that doing, by the way? I hope you are feeling better.
    I wish you “a guete Rutsch” tomorrow.
    Vreni x

  3. Wendy Says:

    oh what a beautiful colour! you really do make me wish I could knit.
    I hope you are feeling better quickly! I know when I had a similar accident cross country skiing years ago the only thing that really helped was ice, advil and rest. This happened years ago when my girls were about 9,7,5 and 2. While I was resting they decided to “help” Mommy by washing the kitchen floor using a whole bottle of dish soap and a little water I laugh about it now but back then what a mess!!!