The new month brought the next installment in my yarn of the month club. I can’t believe this marks the halfway point! I knew as soon as I peaked in the bag that this one was going to be my favorite because I saw purple! It is has so many different beautiful purples in it and then hiding are just a few hints of blue. This month’s base is 100% superwash merino.
I picked it up on my usual knit night this month and my friend, we’ll call her Gia, was eagerly awaiting the reveal. Once the colorway is unveiled, the next question is always “what neighborhood does it represent?” The answer on Thursday was: “University Circle” to which Gia responded “what?”. That was my initial reaction as well. One of the fun things with this club is trying to figure out where Rachel found the color inspiration for the featured neighborhood. Some months I totally get it as soon as I see it and other months, not so much. I think this was the case with December’s yarn. Rachel does provide us with an info page which has the palette, the explanation of the palette and some info about the neighborhood. So I turned to the explanation and then it all made sense to me.
For readers not from Cleveland, University Circle is what I would call ground zero of any trip to Cleveland. It’s the must see, do not miss spot. In one small, area we have our world class art museum, world class orchestra, beautiful botanical garden, fun natural history museum and a cool historical society which just added an amazing carousel. Other attractions in the area include Lakeview Cemetery where James A. Garfield is buried, MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art) and the Cleveland Cinematheque which shows all those cool foreign films which are hard to find at the commercial theaters. In the winter there is skating rink and in the summer they have Wade Oval Wednesdays where there is live music, food trucks and other entertainment. The campus of Case Western Reserve University is also in and around the area and has some really interesting buildings. And, depending on what route you take to get there you can drive through the cultural gardens which represent the many different nationalities you can find in the city. Like I said, this is pretty much were all the tourist action is at so it should be at the top of every visitor’s list.
With all the art and culture purple does seem to be a logical color choice. As Rachel tells us the art and culture bring to mind a time of renaissance and royalty and purple is the color of royalty. With so many different attractions it is hard to find just one colorway that represents University Circle. Most of the buildings are quite old and really do remind you of days gone by. I get the purples and bonus it’s my favorite color!
Here’s the yarn: