Addictive Knitting: Like Chocolate For Chocolate

 I decided to be perverse, because whenever I see the phrase, ‘like water for chocolate”, I am immeaditely worried that some idiot is going to mix water and chocolate some time and my darling, you will ruin your chocolate if you do that. Well, technically, you can eat it, but it looks nasty. So this post is about addictive knitting and the, um, surprising way a project can suck you in.

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Pattern: Entrelac Scarf

Designer: Alison LoCicero

Yarn: Silk Garden Lite

Needle Size:  US 6

Skeins: 4, but I only needed 3 to make a scarf of respectable dimensions.

This Noro was one of my Christmas presents and when I looked at it, I really wished that my life was a movie and the chorus would begin to sing in haunted, angelic tones to signal that the Time of Anointing had come. I adored the colors: many different shades of purple, green, subdued yellow and black. Unfortunately, lacking this chorus, I decided to cast on this scarf. I had never done entrelac before, so I searched until I found a pattern that seemed managable. The pattern calls for 18 stitches over 4 inches. The Silk Garden Lite is a DK weight, so I subbed in size 6 needles and it worked out into a respectable scarf size.

 Yes, I said scarf. That is because it is already finished.

 It amazes me that something so passionate could end so quickly. That we both fulfilled eachother so completely that to try to add to the experience would be like putting a mustache on the Mona Lisa: amusing, but pointless. This Noro scarf became my sole obsession. I loved watching the colors change. I love every little triangle and square that formed on my needles.

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There it stands, casting a long shadow over the gritty pavement. We are not ashamed of what we did…only of what we did not do before our short time together was ended.


January 7, 2009. Knittin' Porn, works-in-progress.


  1. Dava replied:

    But now you have a lovely reminder of that passionate affair that will keep you warm!

  2. turtlegirl76 replied:

    Don’t you just love entrelac? It’s beautiful! The colors are fab!

  3. gimpykatk replied:

    Awesome, great scarf, great post too

  4. Jen replied:

    Entrelac is something I haven’t yet worked up the nerve to try…and it’s not like I don’t have a huge list of a projects to tackle first.

    Which is why I now have the pattern page for this scarf open on my computer, since I’ve got lots of Silk Garden that I had no plans for…

  5. KnittingGnome replied:

    Lovely! Makes me want some of the Silk Garden (must resist)!

  6. KraftyKeri replied:

    Beautiful scarf! I love this post- I have had a few projects like this, and you describe the experience perfectly!

  7. Michelle replied:

    Well, it is a lovely scarf! Isn’t enrelac fun? I did an entrelac scarf a few years ago and like you, I was said when it was all done.

  8. Emily replied:

    Your last few words reminded me of JFK.

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  10. m.annema-luinge replied:

    I wanted to knit the 1×1 two rows each shawl like Yarn Harlot. I bought Noro silk garden, started knitting, too bulky. Another look at the label: Noro silk garden lite, aha. No way I was going on with 1×1, then, hurrah, I read your blog (googled Noro SGL), now I am doing an online workshop with unicoloured cotton/bamboo on entrelac, have just studied knitting backwards and will have that workshop too via online. Tomorrow I will know enough to start knitting Enytrelac Noro Silk Garden Lite, thanks to you I will have a most lovely scarf, because I have seen which results can be had, mine will be volor S180 in lovely Autumnly colors> BTW love thesoft feel of cotton/bamboo too. Margreet.

  11. lynlee replied:

    Your scarf is absolutely gorgeous. Must. Learn. Entrelac.

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