Nov 29

Greenie Beanie

Posted by Nanc

I *heart* Silk Garden.

No, really. If I was single and mammals and materials could mate, I’d so have an affair with Noro Silk Garden. “Why not marry it then?” you might ask. Well, sheesh. If (wo)man and wool could have relations I doubt that I could commit to one brand, style, fiber, or colorway. Human – that’s easy. I lurve me my Matty Bonez and neither need nor want anyone else. But yarn? Oh, yeah – I’m a ‘ho.

Anywho, back on topic. I am currently knitting myself a hat, er… beanie from Noro Silk Garden in color #50. (What does #50 mean in terms of the color spectrum – heck if I know, but 50 it is.) Silk Garden is a variegated silk, kid mohair, and lamb’s wool blend that is slightly thick ‘n’ thin schlubby. This particular colorway is full of royal purples and indigos, earthy blues and browns, and most likely the entire spectrum of “berry” color descriptors. But the yarn started out on green. Not just any green, however, but Kelly/leprechaun/emerald-friggin’-fairy green. Quite bright and quite beautiful.

The great thing about Silk Garden is that you don’t know how the colors will go. What wonderment will magically be pulled from the skein next? I am currently working rows of a color that I can only describe as “remember as a kid when you would catch lightening bugs (aka fireflies or glowworms) and then scrape the light up parts onto a stick* – that color” green. Kind of mix of Mountain Dew® and Shrek®. Early spring grass stains on new (white) Keds®. As I knit, I can imagine the scent of freshly mowed grass and early morning dew.

As for the hat, it’s the Silk Garden Beanie pattern from And she knits too! site. I’m knitting it in the round on US #6 dpns. I am admittedly not that good at dpns, but can only hope to get better as I trudge on.

I promise to post a pic in the next day or two, when I get a second. (Plus an exciting color chart that makes me giddy and silly.) So, who else has colors tied to memories, passages in books, scents, and dreams?




* Come on. You know you did this. Sure, it seems mean now, but it wasn’t done out of cruelty just curiosity and wonder at that bit of beautiful magic these insects carried.

3 Responses to “Greenie Beanie”

  1. Lara Says:

    I knew there was a touch of (w)eeeeevil in you Nanc! (Both for the poor fireflies and for making me think of Silk Garden in the “dirty” way.)
    I guess it’s better my trying to “train” crickets to stay very still and not move – I’d put them into the shirt compartment/lifty seat thing in my dad’s old dressing chair (I only later found out they were so obedient because they were dead.) Although firefly squish green (for lack of better wording) is a lot prettier than cricket squish brown.
    Is #50 the same colorway you used for your purty purty wristies?
    I’m divorcing my DPNs for a while – am spending too much time with the rockin magic loop and it just isn’t fair to keep the Brittany’s hanging on. I also found instructions on how to knit two socks on one circular at the same time – it’s a genius concept although I haven’t tried it yet.

  2. Pamelalala Says:

    I know I’m opening myself up here for some comments but, well, here goes…. I seem to relate sex to different shades of orange. So there.

  3. Lilyan Says:

    NanC when o when are you going to knit some socks on a long circ or two circs? Everyone has the feva. I’ll even help you. No I was not promted to write this after reading any comments on any blog on the known internet. :-) I haven’t seen you in weeks you we need more together knitting cycles before I get shipped out to timbuktu!

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