Monday, February 1, 2016

Brassica Shawl from Mosaic Yarn Studio--Day 2

A question of taste?

I admit it, I’m glad the stockinette section of this is over.  Yes, I know there’ll be another one on the far side of the lacework section, but at least there the rows will get shorter and shorter rather than longer and longer.  The journey to 60 stockinette stitches in this portion was long.

Still, You had to pay a dab of attention at the end of every row to know where you were in the border pattern.  That kept it from being tedious.  I thought I’d have memorized the border pattern by now, but even after dozens of repeats, I still have to look at the directions.  Memorization might be a helpful goal before I throw myself into the lacework section.  That way I’ll only be reading one pattern at a time.

Just for fun, I looked up the word “brassica” since Darlene had told me the name comes from a botanical term.  Wikipedia informed me it’s a genus of plants in the mustard family.  Cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, and brussels sprouts—all of which I like—are all part of this family.  

Interestingly enough, that may be genetic: evidently there’s a compound in them which only tastes bitter to some people depending on their physical tastebuds.  I have brassica-friendly tastebuds.  DestiKNITters old enough to remember the Bush administration (W, that is) will recall that a certain Commander in Chief did not.  Do you?

Come to think of it, my yarn is in a very veggie-botanical color.  I love it when I get thematic without even trying.

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