Whee! It’s so fun having a new Field Guide to play with. Like the Grinch’s heart, the list of people I am knitting for this autumn and holiday season grew several sizes yesterday. Kay Gardiner: Gift Knitter—can you believe it? This is a major personality overhaul, for which Thea Colman is entirely responsible. How can I not knit an entire extended family’s worth of amazing hats, mitts, and cowls (not to mention coasters)? I’m a goner.
Having said that: I have yet to knit a single item from MDK Field Guide No. 8: Merry Making. While I tap my toes waiting for the magic box o’ yarn from Nashville, I wanted to give a high five to a group of wonderful people who really have their act together: the test knitters of MDK, and their fearless leader, Nell Ziroli.
Nell is a direct descendent of both Eleanor Roosevelt and Cindy Lou Who, radiating knitterly know-how and also kindness. Nell and her darling daughter Haley knitted all the photography samples for Field Guide No. 8, piles and stacks of perfection, like it was NOTHING. They said it was fun!
One of the pleasures of Launch Day yesterday was checking out the Ravelry projects posted by Nell’s intrepid test knitters. The very soul of discretion, they’ve kept them under wraps for weeks and months, and now they’re free! Thank you, dear test knitters, for doing the mitzvah of knitting brand-new patterns, and especially for making notes and comments that will help the rest of us as we embark.
That Cowl Though
I remember where I was when Thea emailed the sketch for the Chalice Cowl. (In Most Moisturized Mom’s kitchen in Omaha.) The combination of two of my favorite things in knitting—garter stitch and on-the-bias—got me hyperventilating. And the kicker: an unusual and totally reversible cable! I don’t have a favorite project in this Field Guide—that wouldn’t be right—but I like this one a super lot. It is Special To Me.
Cristina’s Chalice Cowl
Just because I haven’t knit the Chalice Cowl yet doesn’t mean I don’t have one to show off.
This is the smallest size, in the fittingly named Happy shade of Julie Asselin’s brand-new yarn, the luscious and lustrous Douillet.
The attractive, well-put-together knitter who made it is Cristina Shiffman, MDK’s social media boss and éminence rose.
Cristina’s planning to wear her Chalice Cowl with her black Pendleton coat this winter.
Come ON, mail carrier, you’re killing me. Get me that package!