Monday, November 3, 2014

A Bridge and a Scarf

I know, you're expecting another baby blanket post but, well, no. That project has sadly been sidelined for just a bit. I've got a big project to get out the door and back to New York in a short amount of time. I can't give much away but it's really great alpaca /merino blend that's so soft and will be an amazing infinity scarf in a super amazing deep fuschia/purple color. I'm enjoying it so much.

For several months, I worked on a new scarf pattern and it's just been released! I'm in love with it right now. It's got symmetry and graphic lines and texture and cables. I'm actually really looking forward to the coming winter so I can start wearing it. Introducing: Fayette Scarf!

Fayette Scarf
Miss Bab's Yummy 2-ply in Oyster

#55134: New River Gorge Bridge Spans
A little wider at 11", Fayette is a statement scarf, something you may want to wear all day long. And since it's knit in fingering weight (sock) yarn, the scarf is light and easy to wear and shows off the texture and eyelets nicely.

I knitted with Miss Bab's Yummy 2-ply in Oyster, which has subtle color variations of grays. I think that with the wider areas of stockinette and the graphic eyelets, a slightly bolder variegated might work well, but you'll have to try it to see.

Why did I choose to call this scarf Fayette? Let's wax poetic a bit.

High in the hills of WV, soaring above the rowdy New River, flies the New River Gorge Bridge. Finished in the 70's, it was at the time, the highest and longest single-span bridge in the world. I remember the first time my family and I drove across the bridge. I was very excited about seeing the marvel of human engineering. We approached. The road continued straight and flat. We left. Nothing. It was nothing. It's like we didn't even do anything interesting at all. But when Dad turned off the road to the overlook, well, it's a different story. The gorge falls away sharply under the bridge and the steel girders and I-beams don't look like they should be able to hold all of that roadway and traffic above the river. It really is a sight to see, especially since every October for one day, the bridge is closed and insane people hurl themselves off of a perfectly good bridge and BASE jump to the riverbank below. 876 feet. Insane.

In one of my many surf-the-net, Wikipedia spirals-of-doom, I came across a picture of the bridge
from below. The crisscrossing of the beams was so interesting and graphic to me. I immediately thought of the decreases and in a scarf and how the decrease stitches can highlight the edge so sharply. And so the Fayette Scarf was hatched.

Fayette is available now in my Ravelry store (buy now) and will be a part of the upcoming Indie Designer Gift-Along 2014.

Now start knitting!