Ms. Always Light Tan

It’s a rare day when I leave the house without my knitting. It’s also a rare day that I intentionally buy beige yarn. Somehow though, I’ve amassed this pile of beige/tan/sand/ecru/light brown yarns. Dark browns, no problem. But all this light stuff? Only explanation is temporary flight of fancy where I imagine myself as a delicate and elegant type who wears beige. After years of collecting, it’s time to face reality…I will not be suddenly changing my stripes to become Ms. Always Light Tan.

Still, I’ve got this pile and they seem like they’re all friends.

So, they became my on-the-go project for the spring and why tackle one ‘I never’ when you can go for two. I never knit rectangles. A ‘scarf’ is about the most boring thing I can think of. The only way it gets worse it to make it bigger and call it a stole. I’m finding I want to wear a stole though? So, after a couple failed swatches, I decided a simple brioche was the best course of action and off I went.

Off into the wilds of San Francisco. This project has sat with me on all the benches, logs and tree stumps we could find in the past two months. Given the current state of the pandemic and the work at home hordes, it’s become increasingly difficult to find quiet spots to sit outside but I have persisted and found some lovely tucked places to practice my tuck stitch. My stole has grown too. It’s nearly taller than me and it’s only 2/3rds done!

I figure I’ll just go until I run out of yarn. In the meantime, it’s been retired and is now an at-home project. It’s too big to be portable these days. Luckily, it’s a great lap blanket until it graduates into a full-time stole. (My granny transformation is nearing completion!)

Now, it’s time for a new on-the-go project and the pendulum is swinging back in the other direction…hard.

I want to knit all the colors now! For a hot minute, I had a hat in the to-go bag. Finished it in short order though. Now it’s on to a very colorful Dotted Rays. This should finally be the last of the Zooey cotton/linen blend from my stash. I’m already dreaming up my next colorful project too…a Yayoi Kusama inspired polka dot number. If nothing else, it’s a good excuse to wind up all the mini’s from last year’s not-advent advent box I got! Yes, I’m back on the color. No regrets!


  1. pink

    This blog post brought me so much joy!! Your projects are perfect and so beautiful and elegant (the stole) or just so vibrant and fun (the hat and dotted rays); all of the yarn you’re using is exquisite. The photos of the trees and beautiful outdoor spaces are utterly stunning as well. Honestly this post has made me so happy, thank you so much!

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  2. Olivia

    And to think you could’ve knit a beautiful fairisle pullover with all those beige and browns, sigh. But I agree you do better with color that blue hat is gorgeous.
    Just a note: I have closed my blog. It just became a chore to write and I’m not knitting much at the moment. I have a huge garden that needs constant attention since we planted about 50 new trees and bushes. Lots of hydrangeas so watering is endless. Not to mention flowers and pots for the deck and my side yard moss garden. Also I was so tired of the constant follows by Russian bots. The whole thing just scares me. I quit Facebook & Instagram years ago because of the phishing and tracking. But I very much enjoy reading your blog and seeing what you are doing. You have a wonderful witty writing style.


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