Finally, the heat has subsided and temperatures are back to normal for this time of year. I decided to take my needles and yarn outside for a change of scenery.
I was greeted by three bromeliad pups. The plant basically gets ignored, but always seems to provide us with such beauty every year. I decided to organize my knitting space within eyesight of nature’s gift.
During a recent visit to Avenue Yarns on Solano Avenue in Albany situated not far from Berkeley, I decided to finally embrace short-rows. Just by coincidence, a pattern I was also checking out on Ravelry was recommended I try, Breathing Space, designed by Veera Valimaki. “The sweater is worked from top-down with a raglan yoke and the asymmetric shaping makes it very stylish and at the same time very easy to wear.”
After starting and restarting a few times, I finally figured out short-rows with the help of Purl Bee’s online tutorial http://www.purlsoho.com/create/2008/06/18/short-rows/. The main color I selected for Breathing Space from MJ Yarns, Simple Sock Fingering Weight, 75% Superwash Corriedale/25% Nylon, Col. Fresh Mowed, and the yarn for striping Wollelfe M/S Gradient 400 Fading to Grey, 65% Merino extra fine, 35% Silk. I did gauge swatch the yarns and found Simple Sock Fingering did shrink a little. The pattern is written with clear concise directions, and definitely exercises the brain cells.
Just by changing my “breathing space”situating myself in an environment of beauty and calm, in a different space and time, I was able to reflect on one line in the pattern description that resonates with me in a very personal way, “The art of breathing, something we rarely really pay attention to, is so much like letting go.”