Oh, it’s just me and my lawn ornament having a swell time out in the back yard with the owls scrooching and the sun setting and me counting down the days until the MDK Knitting Getaway begins on Thursday.
THURSDAY IS THE DAY.
I’ll try not to caps lock all day long BUT IT’S NOT EASY. Just two days until we get to Sewanee, Tennessee, where 100 knitters will gather to do . . . whatever 100 knitters do when the entire premise of the weekend is to do exactly as they please.
There’s a lot to do before then. We wish you were all going to be there with us. But rest assured, we’ll send dispatches and postcards and whatnot at #MDKKnittingGetaway on the Instagram. We’ll be there until Sunday morning, at which point we may all hunker down and never leave.
Meanwhile . . .
I submit the following as Proof of Fit, to be added to the Archives of People Wearing Their Shakerag Tops.
This garment has at least eight inches of ease. EIGHT INCHES OF EASE. IT DOES NOT TOUCH MY PERSON IN ANY WORRISOME WAY. It allows the sylvan breeze or air conditioning to circulate with abandon. It is unbelievably lightweight.
Fun details to note:
Yarn: I used Jade Sapphire Sylph from the MDK Shop in Hush (the cream color) and Loam (the other color that I guess would be called gray but sometimes it’s a little warmer than that so yeah.)
Size: Medium, the second size, finished bust 44″.
Gauge: I used the specified size 6 needle, and my swatch gave me the specified gauge of 20 sts = 4″. However, this final garment is coming in at 19 sts = 4″, so the finished bust is 46″ which made me very happy because that put the ease for me at 8 dreamtastic inches.
Modifications: The biggest change was to make this using two colors of yarn. Amy Christoffers’s artful Shakerag Top pattern uses one shade of yarn held double or single to make very subtle stripes. My marl fever led me to hold two colors together for the doubled parts. Another modification was to add a half inch to the armhole depth (6.5″ instead of the 6″ called for in the pattern for the second size).
Transparency: Not at all a concern, and I’m one who can get good and concerned about Modesty.
“Wait a minute. The MDK Knitting Getaway is this Thursday, right?”
PS You’ll want to be sure to hang out online with us this weekend. We are full of schemes and fun for you, even if you can’t make it to the woods of the Cumberland Plateau in southeastern Tennessee.