The circle of life has a way of coming around again. For example, it feels like we just finished renovating our elderly apartment, but it was ten years ago. I can no longer feel justified outrage when a wall needs to be repainted or the fridge fan craps out. Life is a constant cycle of renewal and decay.
A few months ago, I finally did a simple something that I have meant to do since 2006, which is: procure a surface upon which I could set a lamp in the entryway of the apartment. For nearly ten years, the entryway sat there, bereft of a spot to put a bunch of flowers or sit down and take off your shoes, or otherwise feel Warmly Welcomed into our abode. After a while, it simply fell off my to-do list. Entryway amenities were for people in Apartment Therapy, not for me. But something got into me last fall, and I got a Piece of Furniture, which was followed in short order (three months) by a Small Lamp. (Three months is a blink of an eye in Kay Furniture Time. Even shorter in Kay Picture-Hanging Time.)
Imprinted at an early age by Most Moisturized Mom, I am unable to tolerate an unprotected wood finish, so I covered the top with a droopy schmattah. But something was missing, and that something was a handknit. I remembered the Via Veneto Table Runner
that Cristina Shiffman designed for our second book, and knew that my table runner moment had arrived. Finally!
(Photo by Gale Zucker. We ate up the cake five minutes after this photo was taken.)
I wonder where that sample has gotten to? Ah well, it wouldn't be long enough anyway. I'm so happy to see this pattern again. I love the ridgy texture, and the way it looks woven (because it is, actually, in spots). It kicks the dresser scarf
notion several centuries forward.
So I'm planning to knit this thing over the summer, and I'm looking at the bountiful shade card of one of our all-time favorite desert island yarns, Louet Euroflax Sportweight Linen
. The color choices alone should keep me occupied for some time.
Speaking of Euroflax
As readers know, behind the scenes here at House of MDK, we are hatching plans for the lovely little online yarn shop of our dreams, launching Autumn 2016. You know what's great about making your own store? Being able to talk to favorite yarn makers and ask them for special stuff. We are asking for special stuff every chance we get.
When it came to Euroflax, we knew exactly what we wanted: mini skeins. Linen takes dye like no other fiber, and it comes in an huge range of shades. It's ideal for color play, especially since it's so often used for summer tops and home decor--things that naturally want to be striped and color-blocked and whatnot. When you can get your hands on smaller lots of more colors, the opportunities for color play expand exponentially. We were thrilled when the Euroflax folks agreed to make us up sets of 60-yard mini-skeins of Euroflax sportweight linen. "What colors would you like?" they asked.
We then went to our Mysterious Great Color Picker. (Let's call her MGCP. All will be revealed in the fullness of time.) We asked MGCP to put together two awesome sets of five colors. MGCP came back with four sets of five colors. (MGCP generally does as she likes. We're fine with that.) They are:
We love them all, but are in a quandary about which ones to carry, and in what relative quantity.
So, dear readers, if you are so inclined, help us out. Please let us know which colorway appeals to you most, by ranking them 1-4. Look, here's a Survey Monkey:
We're excited about the possibilities of a pack containing 300 yards of Euroflax in five colors. Just one example:
(Photo by Gale Zucker.)
Our Monteagle Bag
. Clever knitters have done them up in color blocks and stripes of odds and ends of Euroflax, which enhances them so much that we wish we'd thought of it. If you don't have odds and ends, soon you will be able to procure them without having to knit something else first. This is an age of miracles and wonders. But seriously, think of the things a person could make with a pack of miniskeins and a full skein of a solid color. It's exciting.
Thanks for the color guidance. (I want them all.)
P.S. The miracle of mini skeins called to mind a song from Hamilton
(of course it did). How lucky we are to be alive right now, Ann.