It’s 4:30 AM and I’m awake. In a hotel somewhere in the armpit of Washington, I draw open the curtain and look out. The rumble of construction noise swirls up to greet me, a muffled pinging of sheet metal punctuating the background. For some reason I’m surprised to find men already hard at work in the smudgy dawn light. I know I shouldn’t be, but somehow I still am. The ground looks wet and I feel sorry for them, that they have to work in the miserable damp air, sweating over the concrete and lumber dust. The sky looks how I feel; leaden, brooding, downcast. Why is it that when we are feeling a little low, we always say we feel blue? Why not grey, or black? Blue could never reflect the melancholy I feel this morning.
I’ve never been much of a blue-lover. Maybe that’s because it really doesn’t suit me. Imagine my surprise when I bought 3 hanks of this deep blue Artyarns Supermerino (shade #107) a couple summers ago. For some reason I liked the color, but I think I ultimately bought it thinking I’d gift it to someone in a swap at some point. Hey, it was on sale for 30% off and I was already going stone cold crazy buying yarn that day, so what damage would a couple more hanks really do? It never really crossed my mind I might want them for myself until I pulled them out for Knittymunchkin’s BSJ and found myself inexplicably drawn to the color. So attracted in fact, that I couldn’t bring myself to use all 3 hanks of it on his BSJ and set about looking for something small I could make out of 2 hanks or less for myself. Yes, selfish am I.
Behold the Breathe Deep Mittens, which I choose to call “Waiting to Exhale”, because I held my breath knitting the entire first mitten, hoping beyond hope I’d have enough yarn to knit the pair. Lucky for me I did, and some to spare.
- Pattern: Breathe Deep by Kirsten Kapur (Ravelry link here; My Ravelry project link here)
- Yarn: About 1.6 hanks of Artyarns Supermerino in shade #107
- Needles: Size 7 – 36 inch bamboo circs (for magic loop)
- Mods: Only worked 6 rounds in pattern for the cuff for the M/L size mittens, instead of 7 rounds; used magic loop instead of dpns
Oh how I love this pattern! Clearly written & easy to follow, just detailed enough to keep it interesting, but simple enough that I could pick it up and put it down at the whim of my little boy’s naps. These pictures just don’t do justice to the rich, deep blue of this yarn. I wish I could have captured it better so you could see just what drew me to it, but alas, time for photo shoots is not what it used to be and I have to go with what we get when we have time to go out. Though it was a brilliant sunny day when we took these, the bright light just washed out the color. You’ll have to take my word for it that these are gorgeous and deep like a briny tropical sea. The best part? I used up 1.6 hanks of stash yarn (about 167 yds) and the remaining 1.4 hanks will go into Knittymunchkin’s BSJ for a total of 3 hanks of yarn and 312 yds used up! Yay me! Soon I’ll have most, if not all, my stash accounted for and I’ll give you an update on how hard I’ll have to work to complete my 101 things in 1001 days goal of reducing my stash to half its current amount.
Until then, enjoy an outtake!