In my last post I announced I was looking for a group of crafters to do a Crochet-A-Long on a simple afghan. Something easy. I received a few likes, but no comments. I took that to mean a group of polite onlookers, which would be cool also; but, summer is bearing down upon me and I’ve found myself in a Hawaiian mood. No, I’ve never been, and yes, I want to go. I want a plumeria lei and a hibiscus tucked behind my ear, to take the pineapple field tours, walk the beautiful black sand beaches at sunset, go to a luau and drink cocktails with pretty umbrella toothpicks. I want to be at the peak of Mauna Kea and see the curvature of the earth as the sun peeks over the ocean horizon and to pay incredibly inflated prices at the local McDonald’s because everything is shipped from the mainland. And let us not forget the muumuus and brilliantly colored Hawaiian shirts. I even want to hear the strains of Don Ho complementing the relaxing sounds of the waves susurrating as I recline on the beach in the middle of the day…underneath a huge umbrella with layers of SPF 50 sensitive skin lotion still shining whiter than my legs with its zinc content. But most of all, I want to see the Kilauea Volcano erupt its low silicone, high basaltic lava and create the a’a rocks, so named because the natives cut their feet on the sharp edges of the cooled surface. I also want to see the pahoehoe lava, so smooth it looks like a pudding set in the shape of ropes. I want to see the lava drip into a steaming surf from a recently created shelf. I. Want. To. Go.
Returning to reality, the odds are that I will never make it.
Yes, my shoulders slumped forward as I thought of this.
But that won’t stop me from being inspired by the tiny island state with a big heart that has stolen mine, sight unseen. (Pictures don’t count!) In choosing the yarn, I thought of the personality of the state, and the first thing that came to mind was: relaxation. I don’t know about you, but knitting something inspired by Hawaii could not be done in wool. There are a few island nations where this does apply, of course, such as Great Britain and Iceland. Wool is highly recommended there. Hawaii? It had to be one of three choices: cotton, bamboo, silk. For economy’s sake, I went with cotton. No more $60 tank tops here…ahem. If I stopped making those, maybe I could afford Hawaii!
When it came to colors, I wanted to stay with the relaxed personality range and I used my “go to” colors, blue and green, added some purple and a bit of white. Continuing with the serene, easy-going theme, I have decided to make this a simple box – no ribbing, no shaping, no sleeves, with a little twist. How I’m going to accomplish the one aspect of this is beyond me, but I’ll manage.
In the meantime, I will keep the afghan on the back burner.