One WIP down, nine to go.
A Long Daybreak’s Journey Into Night
Pattern: Daybreak by Stephen West
Yarn: Scraps of Knit Picks Gloss in Serengeti, Fleece Artist Sea Wool in Gold, 2 reclaimed skeins of Claudia Handpainted Yarns Fingering in Bearded Iris, scraps of Dream in Color Smooshy in Visual Purple.
Needles: US 6 bamboo circs
In 2007, when I was first flirting with expensive (i.e., not acrylic) yarns, I made a pair of sadly undocumented Anemoi Mittens in KnitPicks Gloss Sock Yarn (Serengeti and Burgundy) that I gave to a friend for Christmas and an iteration of Last Minute Knitted Gifts‘ Chevron Scarf in Colinette Jitterbug Summer Berries and Claudia Handpainted Yarns Fingering in Bearded Iris.
This was way before I had even an inkling of how color values work together. I had no idea that combining a dark, brown-infused berry purple with an almost-electric purple and brown combo would create . . . something simultaneously neon and muddy. Hmm. The scarf was fine, but I ended up packing it away in a Container Store box of other rarely-used clothing items and forgot about it.
Until the upheaval that has been my life over the past year. At that point, I took stock of my yarn collection, sold a bunch I didn’t want or need anymore, and proceeded to take on a new philosophy of stashing. Namely, stop buying and start knitting. I ripped this scarf and put the yarn into my scrap pile.
When I saw Daybreak popping up all over Ravelry (specifically, this one and this one and this one and this one), I really, really, really wanted to make one. But I really, really, really didn’t want to buy more yarn. So I dug around, tried to come up with enough yardage in two colors. No such luck.
But I did find small amounts of various yarns that hearkened back to my first forays into local and online yarn stores. And what a nice turn of events that they ended up coming together to create a nice gold arc with big splotches of bright purple and shadowy brown.
I used my old aluminum needles for blocking wires, which left a ruffly edge. It’s kind of growing on me even though I was aiming for those lovely straight edges.
I’m gonna wear this with everything this autumn. My jeans, my utility jackets, my blazers, my heels, my blouses, my t-shirts, my everything.