At the end of September, I made a perhaps foolish decision. I signed up for the October edition of the Geek and Nerd Swap on Ravelry. The theme was Art and Architecture, and while that is not my area of expertise at all, I was unemployed and so in theory had lots of free time, if not a lot of money. It seemed like a good project that would require a bit of research and give me something besides job applications to think about.
When partners were assigned at the beginning of the month, I found mine liked Gothic Architecture and Impressionist paintings, with a particular affection for Van Gogh's Starry Night. She also lived in a warmer part of the US, so accessories had to be on the lighter side. I ran with the Gothic Architecture theme in knitting. This style is known for its emphasis of vertical elements, use of pointed arches, and bracing walls with flying buttresses. Pointed arches and flying buttresses allowed the stone buildings to be built taller than had been possible before with stone, adding to the vertical emphasis of the buildings.
I spent a great deal of time staring at the facade of Notre Dame cathedral and at charts in Nancy Bush's "Knitted Lace of Estonia" with graph paper in hand, did a bit of knitting and ripped, and ended up with this scarf. It has pointed arches . . .
The yarn used is Cascade Heritage Sock in light grey. I really wanted to work from stash for these projects, and the grey reminded me of the stone cathedrals as well as being guaranteed to not clash with whatever colors appeared in my swap partner's wardrobe. It is a lovely soft yarn, and with one skein I had a scarf about 10x65 inches after blocking. It probably could have been blocked more severely, as well.