I, like so many others, loved the Citron when I first saw it in Knitty. I watched it explode in popularity for the Ravelympics and then continue to be added to queues at a healthy double-digit/day pace in the many months since. (Any statistics junkies out there really need to check out this cool feature, if you haven’t already.) So by the time I got around to actually knitting it — not counting my first failed attempt with Classic Elite Yarns Silk Alpaca Lace (which is now taking an extended timeout in my stash bin, given that it was the second failed project attempt with said yarn) — I called it “Citron #1,000,001.”
And off I went, casting on with Malabrigo for the first time. What can I say about this heavenly soft, color-drenched yarn that hasn’t already been said? Sigh. Or about the mindless mindful knitting Citron‘s many stitches provide? (It was only that last 540-stitch ruffle that tested my patience.) Then I tried on my unblocked piece and, once again, was reminded that my neck is as short and stumpy as Ms. Callis’ is long and graceful. (This probably wouldn’t be such a sore point, but all my life it’s a detail that’s been rubbed in with silly zodiac descriptions proclaiming that as a Taurus I have a “swan-like neck.” No, I’m not bitter.)
So after scanning Ravelry to see how else knitters were wearing it, I found a kinder draping. Check. Then I decided that as much as I loved the ruffles, it was a little too girly for my wardrobe liking. How about mixing in a few hard edges? So I blocked it with some random, angular points. (Promise: It wasn’t just lazy pinning.) Must say, I’m pleased with the outcome.
And, for better or worse, so is Izzy.