When Sade released her song “Never as Good as the First Time” in 1985, I was sure she was right. I was 15 years old, everything was new and everything was exciting. In the years that followed, and as my friends and I aged, we used the expression to lament our fading youth.
Well, Sade was wrong. I’ve learn that not only is it often as good as the first time, it’s frequently even better.
I released The Amalia Scarf pattern in the spring of 2009. (You didn’t think that I was going to talk about something other than knitting, did you?) It’s a triangular kerchief that begins with just a few stitches and increases as you go. Amalia uses a simple lace stitch to create an open and flowing fabric.
With it’s large size and soft drape, Amalia can be draped over your shoulders, gathered around your neck, or tied on your head when you’re strolling on the beach.
This spring when Habu Textiles’ Cotton Gima yarn arrived, it reminded me of Amalia. “Gima” means “fake linen” in Japanese and like linen, it has a crisp hand that softens as you knit and wear it. Unlike linen, Cotton Gima comes in fantastic colors that are a perfect fit for summer’s bright, carefree days.
Cotton Gima comes in tidy, little 1 ounce balls. You only need 1 to make Amalia. Add a second or third ball and you can make Amalia even bigger. Click here to see all of the colors of Cotton Gima.
Size: One size, 48″ across the top and 18″ at the deepest point
Materials: Habu Textiles Cotton Gima yarn (100% cotton, 265 yards/1 ounce): 1 skein, shown in Yellow
Needles: size 8 (5mm) 24-inch circular needle.
Gauge: 5 sts = 1 inches in stockinette stitch on size 6 needles.