That word! I had to google it. Kinda thought it was some foreign land or historic site. But, it's actually a bacteria that grows in the Great Salt Lake, geysers, and hot springs. The author of this pattern is from Utah and her blog name is lakesaltknit. The color of the yarn she used is a similar color to the haloarchaea.
|mine after blocking|
|these needles are the about the same size around as the toothpick on the right|
Not sure if it was the yarn or the pattern or both, but this was really hard to block. And still the ruffle isn't as showy as I'd like. I'll try it again one day with a more relaxed yarn.