Frost Heaves or A Peacock Jewel Scarf

Frost Heaves or a Peacock Jewel Scarf, which one are you?


Inn sign for frost heaves

Ten years ago my husband and I were New England innkeepers. We had a beautiful inn in Jaffrey, NH. Built in 1853 it even came with it’s own built-in “ghost”, if you will. You can read all about that here. We were tucked into the southwest corner of New Hampshire; a place known for its certifiable New England look. Long country roads in between tiny town “centers”; it puts me in mind of skeins of yarn which get away from you and leave long trails all around the room.

One of the roads which snaked its way through Jaffrey is Route 124. A long drive from Marlborough, it was one of the most scenic drives I’ve ever been on. Driving past old houses, farms and open fields, you caught glimpses of Mt. Monadnock, the beautiful mountain which permeated your view in the most unexpected of places. Twisting and turning especially the closer you came to the mountain entrance, there was no speeding along this road!  😐

Frost heaves sign in NHBut there were frost heaves. At least, that’s what the sign said.

Not being from New England and coming from a region of the country that is all at sea level, I had no idea what that sign meant when first I read it. But, it didn’t take long to figure out. As Winter, that bear of a season in New England, started to lose its mighty grip, the melting that took place caused water to seep under the roadways; this in turn “heaved up” the roads in places where the macadam or whatever it is they use to pave the roads, would come together. Especially in February and March, when days grew warmer, but nights were still below freezing. (Exactly when the sap buckets went out.) So, essentially, you were subjected to little bumps in the road for MILES!

Road mud huts, on and on they go. Traveling along Rt. 124, it felt like I was on a small roller-coaster. Up and down, up and down I went; so many frost heaves, my stomach was actually feeling upset!

Still, the winter snows in NH were something to see! Glistening and blue. I had never seen snow like that before. Very jewel-like. Deep, fluffy and everlasting it seemed. From October to April the snows came. In fact, New England is having a winter very much like the one we encountered when we first moved to NH in 2002.

Speaking of blue. I have found the PERFECT scarf to knit. 🙂 I found the pattern on Ravelry and you can download it for free, too. Caroline, the creator of this scarf, has a blog that you can see here, too. Mohair yarn is easy to knit with, but I recommend using bamboo needles. As of today, my scarf looks like this:  Rowan yarns for mohair scarf

That’s okay, because today is Friday and I’m looking forward to starting this scarf either later today or on the weekend.

Frost Heaves or a Peacock Jewel Scarf, which one will you have?

Trust me when I tell you, take the scarf!

The yarn you need is Rowan Kidsilk Haze in Black, or Wicked, as they like to call it.  The turquoise yarn is from Karabella Bell Mohair, which I couldn’t find anywhere locally, but it was available through Webs online. You only need a few skeins of each, so it’s easy on your pocketbook.

So, keep your eye out for updates as to how things are going. I’m thinking even here in New Jersey there just may be the choice between frost heaves or a peacock jewel scarf. We still have snow which refuses to melt away.  You be the judge!

As always, take your knitting to heart!  Glitter heart



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