let me show you

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It started out in prairie, pretty, but not quite the right color.

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Let’s try gentian violet, oh I like this better and it matches the little bag I sewed.

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Still missing something, let’s add the funny little brooch Lex made me from one of my favorite childhood stickers,

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yeah, that’s exactly what it needed. ♡ You should come closer,

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no closer, now you can really see the beautiful stitches. (Buy the way this Merino/llama/silk/linen blend is rustic and lovely and a complete crochet dream.)

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If you come even closer, I’ll show you  my funny little brooch, it smelled of soap once upon a time when my collection was new, a time when scratch n’ sniff stickers were the reward for a job well done and I was totally obsessed. (This one in particular is a mello smello :)

Finished, but now you’re a little too close, if you would, please back up a bit.

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Perfect.

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Pattern: Driftless Scarf by Amanda ochocki (me 💕)

Yarn: Meadow by The Fibre Co. colorways Prairie & Gentian Violet

The Half Of It

I kept coming back to these, I couldn’t tell if was it the alpaca/linen/silk or just the color that got me. Maybe it was both and the idea that these two skeins of Walk Collection Linea needed to be an oversized bulked up Driftless Scarf.

 After a few sheddy rows, yeah, I’m gonna say it was the color.

Ok, the more I get into this the more I’m appreciating the fiber blend, it’s sturdy and structured yet limp and supple, it’s has a furry halo but is slick and glossy. It’s a strange gorgeous combination 💕 ..that just so happens to be the best powdered pink ever!

Second skein joined in, but it seems kinda short at the midway point ..crap :(

As I worked away and the pretty columns kept building, I was contemplating my ability to find a 3rd skein of this colorway, could I even, should I even, how could I justify it when I had more Linea in my stash, the only hangup, it was a completely different color, but it DID have some of the same colors, I should just use it.. yes, I’ll just use it.

Now I’m trying to still love it, trying visualize the shift, hoping it will still be the mega lacy scarf of my dreams and not look too patchwork.

Mood.

Well, that’s interesting, it kind of looks grubby, in a grimy that end drug on the ground kind of way. Notice how I tried to add cohesion by adding a scummy border abound the whole dang thing  …jeesh

Feeling all the love for HALF of it 💕

All finished and I’ve had a moment to live with it. I really love the stitches, the drape, the length, and I love both colors independently,  but pieced together like this, I just don’t. I tried telling myself it works, but it doesn’t. I know I shouldn’t sweat the small stuff, but sometimes I still do and sometimes you can’t happily wear a scarf with one fancy end and one trashcan end.

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1100 yards / 10″ x 107″ R.I.P

(p.s I did try and source a 3rd skein (of course you already knew that I would!) but the German indie maker of Walk Collection produces very limited small batches, so it’s almost impossible to get your hands on :(

(p.p.s I couldn’t stand it, so I literally just frogged all 1100+ yards of toothy Linea, my table (and probably lungs) are covered in fiber dust, my finger tips are sore from picking at the stuck together stitches, I’m cranky …OMFG yarn you are in timeout right now for being a total grabby f’er)