Starry, starry night

I have a secret project pending, one for which I’m waiting for yarn before I can begin, so I started a small project, a little crescent, to help bide my time. I picked up the lovely Nebula yarn from Anzula when I was at Stitches West (thank you, Sabrina!) earlier this year, and it had been staring at me ever since. Nebula is a lovely, sparkly yarn with little bits of silver sparkles twisted into the yarn. Unlike most yarns that have bits of metallic sparkles in them, Nebula is still super soft. It’s also a dream to knit with, and it knit up easily into a sparkly, glorious crescent.

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When choosing a stitch for something that is knit flat, I almost always choose one that has easy wrong-side rows, rest rows, if you will, rows that are simply purled across, so that the knitter has a brief break from thinking. When I stumbled on this lovely stitch, though, I had to use it in a crescent. Yes, there are purled decreases and yarn overs on about half of the wrong-side rows, but they’re fairly easy to do, just left- and right-leaning two-stitch decreases, like most of us are used to doing on the front, simply purled instead of knit.

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Naturally, I zipped through this whole crescent so fast that they haven’t even shipped the yarn yet. You know what that means, don’t you? Yup. I’ve got to come up with something else, another quick project, something to have on my needles while I wait for the other yarn to arrive at my doorstep. Of course, I suppose I could concentrate on getting the second sock done on one of my sock projects. I desperately need new socks. My old ones are all getting huge holes in the heels. I have two sock projects on the needles, and don’t feel like knitting either one. Gads.

heel-hole

I leave you today with the opening verse from Don McLean’s Vincent. The song ran through my head almost the entire time I was knitting this crescent. Naturally, about a million other designers have named their projects Starry, Starry Night, so that won’t do. I’ll have to come up with something else to name this design. Drat. Ah well.

Starry, starry night
Paint your palette blue and gray
Look out on a summer’s day
With eyes that know the darkness in my soul
—Don McLean—