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#reverb10: make

Prompt: Make. What was the last thing you made? What materials did you use? Is there something you want to make, but you need to clear some time for it?

Reverb10 prompt from Gretchen Rubin of The Happiness Project

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This is the first time I’ve thought one of the prompts was easy!

Without exaggeration, this is one of the most effortless scarves in the world, and yet it’s stunning. I took this eons ago with a dying camera, and I wish I’d been able to capture the colors better. (Nothing like builder-oatmeal carpet to give backgrounds an extra zing.) It’s Jared Flood’s Noro Striped Scarf, and I gave it to my friend Cate in Calgary. Calgary has worse winters than I do, and longer too, so technically Cate needs it more than I do, but God I wanted to keep it. However, she has a gorgeous English complexion and stop-your-heart eyes, so I went with cool colors that aren’t for me. And no fringe! It never stays as nice as I wish it would. 

I cannot put my hands on the specific colors now, but the project is unpredictable yet consistently wow-worthy. No matter which colors you pick, the contrasts in each row are fascinating from beginning to end. I kept telling myself I’d stop after four more rows, only to see the color change a bit more in the skein and keep going. I can’t imagine one of these looking bad. The Ravelry images are all amazing, even ones with colors I’d usually avoid, like hits of acid green or Barbie pink. The contrast is a part of this, but mostly it’s due to Noro’s colors, which are cultishly revered. 

I’ve got a lot of socks to make this winter, but Reverb10 is taking my free time this month. And I’ve met so many wonderful people that are much nicer than socks. Even handknit socks. It’s a good trade.