We hardly know where to begin, there’s such news to tell you.
This is our favorite kind of day, when we get to share something we’ve been anticipating for a long while.
A brilliant new book. A delicious new yarn.
Our favorite knitting brainiacs, Jen and Jim Arnall-Culliford, bring us a new volume in their how-to series, Something New to Learn About Lace. And (amazingly) they have created a brand-new yarn, Something to Knit With—their first!—to go with this book. It’s cause for celebration, truly.
You know: intentionally making holes in your knitting. This most exquisite sort of knitting, traditional or modern, may seem daunting at first glance.
All we can say is that we wish we’d had this book when we first attempted to knit lace. We would have saved ourselves a whole lot of trauma. We would have felt more confident in our early days of lace knitting. We would have had Jen’s wise counsel on things to watch out for. We would have been happier, calmer, and probably better looking along the way.
Jen knows how to dissect a technique and explain it in the clearest possible way. She is a meticulous thinker, so she brings a truly beautiful precision to what she’s teaching us.
The fundamentals of knitting lace are all covered in Something New to Learn About Lace. By the end of these 72 pages, you will have a grip on so many things that will set you on a path to knitting lace. Step-by-step photo tutorials show exactly how to proceed. You’ll learn:
- What is lace?
- Working yarn overs
- Reading lace charts
- Using lace charts to read your knitting
- Fixing mistakes
- Using stitch markers
- Adding a lifeline
- Reading your knitting
- Picking up a missed yarn over
- Tinking (unknitting) stitches
- Fixing an error further back
- Blocking lace
- Blocking curved edges
- Garter tab cast-on method
- Making larger holes in your knitting
- Working into double yarn overs
- Even larger holes
Martina Behm’s Nissolia Shawl:
Bithynica Shawl by Jen Arnall-Culliford:
Donna Smith’s Aphaca Scarf:
And Aphaca Baby Blanket (baby not included, alas):
Brand New, for the First Time Ever: Jen and Jim’s Yarn
The photo at the top of our post captures exactly what we love about Jen and Jim. With joy and a smile (they make it look so easy!), they have just launched the very first yarn of their own design.
It’s called Something to Knit With 4ply.
What is this new yarn? It’s lovely, a blend of 70% Highland wool and 30% superfine alpaca. It is soft, tender, and beautifully spun. It comes in a range of ten shades that range from gentle to vivid. This is the yarn that will make these lace projects shine, given that the combination of fibers provides the loft of wool and the drape of alpaca.
The soft colors are so gentle.
The vibrant shades will make you smile.
We are honored and thrilled that they have let us offer it to you in the MDK Shop, here in the U.S. (If you are in the United Kingdom or otherwise not in the U.S., you can easily order yarn as well as the book directly from Jen and Jim at their website, Arnall-Culliford Knitwear. You’ll get a shipment faster than we can ship to you from the U.S., and you’ll be directly supporting these talented people.)
Jen is on call in the Arnall-Culliford Knitwear Ravelry group, a genial collection of knitters who are getting awfully good at knitting at this point.
We hope you’ll jump in on this latest knitting adventure. It feels so amazing to get the hang of lace.