RenÃ© is my holiday knit. A simple lace scarf,Â using the Solids Club November yarn.
Named for RenÃ© Lalique, because some of his glass always reminded me of Sea Glass and the rivulet shapes of the lace remind me of his sinuous art nouveau forms.
Cast on Date: Dec 26, 2008
Cast on: Long Tail
Pattern: Rivolo, by Anne Hanson at Knitspot
Yarn: Lochan, 50% Merino/50% Tencel 4ply from The Yarn Yard
Colour: November Solids Club, Seaglass (green)
Needles: 4mm Pony 35cm straight aluminium needles
Pattern Repeats: 46 (of 30)
Blocked: Yes, lightly
Finished Size: 8.5″ by 70″
Cast Off: Lace cast off, purlwise
Cast Off Date: Jan 1st, 2009
Ravelry Project: www.ravelry.com/projects/plumbum/rivolo
This would have been a much faster knit at any other time of the year, with fewer competing demands. Probably six to eight actual knitting hours in this – it’s a very quick and simple knit in a weighty yarn. Would make a great “first lace” project, especially if knitted to the pattern size of just 30 repeats.
Knitting this yarn put me in another time and place, but one that I can’t quite identify. The colour of the yarn is subtle, almost dusky in a way. The gloss is reminiscent of … what… Rayon? It’s almost indefinable, but there is a whiff of Granny’s dressing table about it. Something in my experience, long ago.Â A memory so distant that I can’t reach out far enough to grab it. Something 1930’s or 1940’s about it. Something that was old, even when I was very young.
Rivolo suits the yarn – there’s an old fashioned whiff about this heavy lace too. The two together put me in mind of something that I barely recall and I do think it might have been something that Grandma wore – though the grandma I recall wouldn’t have had anything quite this pretty in her room, I am sure!