To my eye, the perceived middle of an object should be something rather than the absence of something… in other words, a hill instead of a valley. With larger even numbers – 6, 8, 10, and so on – it’s easier to overlook the emptiness of the center. But with 4, it’s impossible to miss. There it is! The center! And it’s a big fat zero, the empty space between two fir cone repeats.
Five it is.
One end of the scarf is complete, and it will be a long while before the second round of acrobatics. That’s because the two intricate borders are connected by a virtual no man’s land – mindless garter stitch lace.
I’d be lying if I told you I hadn’t been looking forward to this part. With many good reasons!
- Mindless knitting immediately propels this project to ‘commuter-friendly’ status, greatly increasing the rate of production.
- A simpler pattern will better show off the subtle variegations of the Clara Barton colorway.
- I can fully enjoy the yarn’s texture as it glides through my fingers – it’s not like I’m preoccupied by an intense pattern!
- Varying complicated bits of a pattern with easy ones is good break for the body: the googly mooglies will be back soon enough… for now I’ll enjoy simpler stitches.