One of my favorite Christmas memories is sneaking an extra piece or two from the box of ribbon candy that appeared in our kitchen early in December. I loved the folds and wrinkles that made the candy sparkle. The intense flavors of the season--cinnamon, cloves, peppermint, and spearmint-- delighted me. I remember the sweet tang of spices and the sharp bite of the broken edges of the strips of candy. My mouth waters when I think of it.
Memories of that candy flooded in early this month as I put the finishing touches on a brioche scarf I made for a friend's birthday. It may have been the colors, pumpkin and clove, or it may have been the alternating light and dark rows, I'll never know. I do know that when I folded the scarf for mailing, I flashed on the s curves of ribbon candy.
What would happen, I wondered, if I took the colors of ribbon candy and knitted them in reversible knit?
I grabbed a skein of red and silver yarn and a second skein of green and gold fleck yarn. The result is a seven foot piece of knitted ribbon candy, ready to keep neck and head warm. I made a pair of wrist warmers to match. They are going on etsy tomorrow. I started a second set of knitted candy this evening. It is red and white, clove and peppermint, of course. I can almost smell the spices and sense them on my tongue. Best of all they are calorie free and do not impair my dental health.
I started my search for real ribbon candy Thanksgiving weekend and I shall keep searching until i find it Just as a precaution a box of ribbon candy is going on my list for Santa. this year. In the meantime I shall knit more ribbon candy scarves, hats and gloves in keeping with the season.