Now that my mother has received her birthday present, it’s safe to post it here:
This is the Multidirectional Diagonal Scarf. I used Noro Silk Garden, color number 217. It contains the range of colors for which Noro is known and loved, but 217 is different from their others. The yellow that you see here is the brightest shade in the skein, and even though the yarn ranges through reds and purples, it keeps a few strands of black fibers running through all the way. The result is moody, pensive, and dark.
I didn’t know this was going to happen when I picked out the yarn at the store. I chose it because my mother, who always leaves color selection up to me for her hand-knit items, is fond of deep purples, browns and reds, and I knew the colors would go well with her winter coat (she’s also sensitive to wool, so any yarn with greater than 25% wool makes her itch). It was only when the scarf was one-third finished that I realized I was knitting a wonderfully dark item.
Knitting is not normally associated with dark. Yarn feels good; knit items are warm and cozy; our friends love us when we knit for them; baby items are cute. Knitting doesn’t ordinarily bring out the shadowy undersides of our souls, so when I looked at this scarf and observed the way it coursed through yellow, brown, purple, and red–without ever really escaping the black–I was thrilled.
Now, there’s an important distinction between dark and morbid; the latter is a fascination with death, destruction, and the associated color scheme; the former is an acknowledgment that being human is complicated, and that there are corners of our lives that aren’t always comfortable for sitting. If you’ve looked any my writing, then you know that I find these places to be much more interesting than the ones that, say, Disney movies come from. I don’t usually knit from those corners, but this scarf . . . well, this is a wonderful start.
Oh, by the way, my mom loves the scarf.