I have/had a lot of design work I've been doing (well, it seems like a lot to me. I know other people do a ton more.) And some Christmas knitting to urgently finish (Martin's socks! Raevan's arm warmers!). And I just now feel like something is lifting off me. Like I can choose what I might do today, what I might knit. I don't think of Christmas as a weight or pressure at all. I freaking love Christmas. But I am happy to look forward now.
And back too. Mabel's Cafe & Knittery was a wonderful place here in my neighborhood, which has transformed now into Tandem Cafe, equally great. Back when it was Mabel's they sold yarn, and they had lots of store samples around. There was one scarf with a maze design that people asked about frequently. I was there on the couch all the time, and I heard a lot of patrons ask about the pattern. But the staff people weren't sure where that stitch pattern had come from. It became a sort of mystery scarf in my mind.
I decided to create something inspired by it, in honor of old Mabel's. So I'm designing this scarf. It's actually not at all like the original mystery scarf, but it's really a lot like the design I had in my mind. I find that with practice I'm getting better at that - seeing a design in my head and then really making it look like that. It's taken, well, just a lot of practice. World domination can't be far behind.
I'm going to publish the pattern by next week. The design was surprisingly complex, and I had some mind-bending moments putting it together. Then I ripped a few samples in gauges I didn't like, and with edges I didn't like. I settled on a knitted-in i-cord edge, done in the reverse direction from usual (with the purls on the right side, for those who've done this edging).
The yarn is Malabrigo in Sunset. Soft as buttah, as always. And sort of the color of Rice A Roni before you add the water. I love it.