When Breath Becomes Air
Everpresent Sport

100% superwash Merino

328 yds (300 meters) per 100 grams

6-7 stitches per inch on US 3-5 /3.25-3.75 mm

$26 per 100g skein - dyed in a batch of 5 skeins

With the recent change of venue – having moved from Wisconsin to Colorado – I cannot help but compare living in the midwest with living in the high desert. Truth be told, this environment (not this specific place) is near the bottom of my desired list. Not that it's not beautiful, because it is, in a desert-y and Rocky Mountain way. After all, I was born in Los Angeles, so come from low desert for all intents and purposes. Yet my soul and heart take flight in wet greenery, no matter the temperature. Except for yes, I did have enough of the hot weather in Hawaii after 26 years, so I am looking for the cooler side of green. Ireland. England. Finland. The great Pacific Northwest. 

Given all this thought that's going into the locale, I've been spending my viewing time with gardening programs. My current favorite is the BBC's Big Dreams, Small Spaces with Monty Don. And that brings us to the inspiration for this batch of yarn.

In the program, Monty helps novice gardeners all across the UK bring their dreams to fruition. As part of their exploration, he sends them to various gardens to discover for themselves how to navigate from point a to point z; gaining confidence in themselves as a result. Whilst all of the gardens were stunning, one in particular caught my attention, and interestingly enough, it's in a very desert-like clime near a beach.

Derek Jarman's Garden at Prospect Cottage in Dungeness is both visually and energetically stunning. There is a studied beauty in the restraint and thoughtfulness exhibited in the plants and objects d'art woven throughout the small piece of property. I was utterly taken with the juxtaposition of black, grey, yellow and green, so that's where the muse played this week.

I'm pleased with the interpretation that emerged from the kettle, and am interested to see just who is charmed enough to pick up one or more skeins for themselves.