Just in time for the light-filled days and lightweight knitting of spring, we proudly announce our brand-new Mason-Dixon Knitting Field Guide No. 6: Transparency.
Order your copy here, and you’ll soon find yourself in a very peaceful and beautiful place.
For this Field Guide, we invited Amy Christoffers, one of the most agile designers we know, to explore the idea of transparency. We encouraged her to go beyond the obvious transparency of lace knitting. The four projects in this little book are Amy’s graceful response to our invitation.
The result? Wearable, gift-able, portable projects that you can carry around with you and knit, knit, knit.
Inspired by the work of textile artist Anni Albers, this is an airy shawl/scarf with “windows” of color that form effortlessly. It’s the ideal travel wrap, a joy to wear on planes and trains, at the beach, and in air-conditioned offices.
Our Albers Shawl yarn kit features our favorite summery yarns from Shibui: Reed, a soft 100% linen; and Pebble, a lush blend of recycled silk, merino, and cashmere. The drape and airiness is what we crave so much this time of year.
A baby sweater (because who meets the world with more honesty and transparency than a baby?) with just a touch of lace and an unusual yet plainly apparent construction.
To continue the theme of purity and innocence, we knitted this wee cardi in Nutmeg Fibers Hearth, an organic, hand-dyed merino from Meg Anderson, a wonderful Nashville hand dyer. You’ll find it in the Shop in six shades, in limited quantity.
Also in the Shop: the extremely lush and lovely Blue Sky Fibers Hand Dyes for the Cockleshell Cardigan. The six colors will suit any baby under the sun. The 50% merino/50% royal alpaca is a bit more round and dense than Nutmeg Hearth. How to decide which yarn to use? Our solution, of course, is both (and the number of skeins required is the same in both yarns).
Amy conjured a lightweight tee in a fabric that is striped, yet uses only one color of yarn. It is opaque to wear—no underlayer needed—but the stripes are apparent in a subtle way, and more distinct when held to the light. This is the layering piece we want to wear this summer.
A layering of lace that both reveals and obscures the pattern, and is an amusingly tricky knit. Amy Christoffers imagined a scarf with two shades of mohair and silk, an amazing interplay of color and texture and pattern.
We have two yarns in the Shop for this dreamy puzzler: Neighborhood Fiber Co. Loft, and Shibui Silk Cloud. Part of the fun here is picking your pair of colors. We have 20 shades in all, so let your imagination go wild. Or mild. We do recommend going with high contrast so you get a lot of color action in your Peek-Through Cowl.
Let the Cast Ons Begin
In the coming weeks, we’ll be cooking up all sorts of fun—knitalongs, giveaways, general hullabaloo. We’ve been waiting to cast on ourselves, but no more! Stand back, everybody!
We’re thrilled finally to be able to share Field Guide No. 6 with you. It is the work of so many talented people: Melanie Falick, our magnificent creative director; Sara Remington, photographer; photostylist Alessandra Mortola; Will Brady, graphic designer; Sue McCain, technical editor; Mary Neal Meador, proofreader; sample knitters Sally Carey, Judy Carey Nevin, Julie Lindsey, Susan Mitz, and Nell Ziroli. We’re so lucky to work with this all-star team.
We hope you enjoy Field Guide No. 6: Transparency. It is truly a labor of love.