yarn I had no idea that Radiant Orchid would be selected as Pantone's Color of the Year for 2014. I felt pretty fashion-forward when I found out. That is not natural for me. It was definitely more characteristic for me to not really wear it until new colors had come out. Twice.
I used it to crochet Lizzy's Lace Mantelet, from Austentatious Crochet. Sadly, this pattern gave me more trouble than its sisters have. I had gauge problems, as usual, and tried a few different hooks. Then I took the project on a trip, where it comforted several idle hours. Some distraction made me skip a round early on, and by the time I noticed the problem, the product looked like a hat, not a disk. I took it out and tried again, increasing hook sizes as I went. Eventually, I completed the final round and tried it on. And it just didn't hang right.
I tried wearing the mantelet a couple of times, but it didn't really go with the outfits I selected. A little over two years after choosing the yarn, I have sewed myself a simple gray dress. It supports the soft, warm, lacy radiance quite well.
Parable of the Pit
9 months ago