It’s like the Jamaican bobsled team: I DID THE IMPOSSIBLE!
I FINISHED A THING FOR THE MDK GIFTALONG 2017!
As I flap this mohair and silk shawl around like the national flag of Jamaica, I’ll share a few secrets to success when participating in a giftalong.
Secret No. 1: Start with a lot of momentum. Namely: be three-quarters done with a thing before you declare it part of the giftalong. This is not cheating. This is pragmatism.
Secret No. 2: Knit a thing on big needles. This is probably obvious but not to me. I’ve underachieved on several knitalongs due to poor strategy. Fair Isle, size 3 needles—think hard before you commit to anything that’s actually hard. Or big. The hat people over in the MDK Giftalong 2017 Lounge conversation are crushing it.
Secret No. 3: Clear the decks. And by “clear the decks” I mean find an excellent binge to supplement your hours of knitting. It is weirdly compelling to complete a giftalong project and a juicy TV series. I found myself binding off Block 9 of the Sommerfeld Shawl—this extremely, delightfully, completely eccentric log cabin project—only midway through season 2 of The Crown. I’d allotted myself a full binge to finish this Ann Weaver confection.
Secret No. 4: Remain objective. When knitting for another person, do not fall in love with your project. This is empathy knitting, an act of pure generosity. Focus completely on the fact that your recipient is someone you love, someone who has expressed a specific interest in the project you are making. Someone who is worthy of a giant rectangle of mohair and silk knitted in watery colors that only a person like Karida Collins at Neighborhood Fiber Co. could dream up, and—
Secret No. 4 is not working all that well for me at the moment.
Before I bid a tender adieu to this Sommerfeld Shawl, before it finds its destiny, I leave you with tender moments in its young life.
This section of feather-and-fan is completely incorrect. I kind of forgot to do the six rows of garter stitch between each row of holes, so yeah. This is my own signature moment in this thing.
I love knitting.
Sending joy to you all. And [sob-I-mean-smile] I really am sending this shawl to its rightful destiny!