On a steamy 90+ degreeday last week, I was invited to have dinner with a friend of mine (yogamama) and her family. Yogamama and I became close last year while working at a job that caused us both an immense amount of distress. She became my sanity from 8-3 andwas the only one who made me feel both sane and justified. Initially we bonded over our situation, but our friendship quickly grew beyond that. She is a reader, politically informed, a yogi, and just plain kind. I'm not sure she realizes how much her alliance saved me.
While her husband and two boys and I endlessly complained about the recent heat wave and immense amount of humidity in the air, Yogamama stayed quiet. Turns out, she is one of those folks who is cold all of the time. This is something I can't imagine as I can never get cool enough (with the exception of my feet). We talked about down slippers and how to keep her hands warm while working on her computer and came up with fingerless mittens. Two days later, I had an email request from Yogamama for a pair knit up in warm colors (red, yellow, orange). A perfect weekend project, right? And just what I needed. I'd never knit up gloves before. Mittens, yes; gloves with actual fingers-no. (Don't tell her that though!) I was up for the challenge and ready to learn something new. (On a side note, what did
knitters do before the internet? What did anyone do before the internet??)
I really enjoyed knitting these up because they required just enough brain power while learning some new techniques. I wasn't stuck counting and recounting. I could take it to the beach, knit in front of the tv, and be impressed with myself all at the same time! Highly gratifying. I also love this yarn. It isn't the first time that I have used it. Don't these colors remind you of fall? Just looking at them makes me excited for the cool crisp air! I'm also thinking that these might be a perfect Christmas gift. (Is July too early to start thinking about Christmas? Oh my, am I becoming my mother?) Hopefully, these guys will keep Yogamama's hands warm throughout the winter. I can't wait to give them to her!