I don’t really know what to say here.
I keep knitting the same sweater, over and over.
What is wrong with me? Rather, what is RIGHT with me? I have got a groove the size of the Grand Canyon working, and I just can’t stop!
It feels a little like that time when Kay knitted 50 ballband dishcloths. Or that time I collected Christopher Radko glass ornaments. Or when I took over my son’s Thomas the Tank Engine collection because he wasn’t acquiring new engines fast enough. I cared about Thomas the Tank Engine so, so much.
I’m not sure when this will end, but I am having a swell time at it.
Left: Easel No. 2: Anzula For Better or Worsted, colorway Dark Matter.
Right: easel No. 1: Lichen and Lace Worsted Superwash, colorway Pressed Flowers.
The combination of simple pattern and ever-changing yarn has got me hooked. I thought two Easel Sweaters were going to be enough Easel Sweaters for me.
I’m well into my third Easel Sweater, the pattern featured in MDK Field Guide No. 3: Wild Yarns. I got the bug for Easel No. 3 the minute our ecommerce genie Liz opened up our latest shipment of a new shade of Lichen and Lace Superwash Worsted.
It’s called Marsh Lily. It’s like Pressed Flowers’s cheerful cousin. It is unabashedly light hearted, a real mood enhancer.
I love this sweater. It’s a simple thing—four pieces of knitting sewed together. Set-in sleeve. Crewneck collar with a bit of roll to it (though I forgot the roll part on Easel No. 2, aka GreenEasel, so I gotta go back and add the roll!).
I think of Sue McCain’s elemental pattern as a delivery system for wild yarns.
Last week, on a ramble with Hubbo through New England, I saw gardens that looked pretty much like these colors. Or, maybe, I was so delirious that gardens started looking like my knitting.
I almost googled “marsh lily” to see what an actual marsh lily looks like, but I decided to just let go and trust that Megan Ingman is not messing with us when she names a color Marsh Lily.
It’s doing interesting things the way Pressed Flowers did interesting things—but it’s in no way predictable.
This superwash blocks out so well—it is satisfying to give it a soak, block it, then watch how the stitches even out.
Part of the fun is seeing how the front and back meet during the sewing up.
The Anzula on the left looks like two different colorways, doesn’t it? Really, really different. But Charlie of Anzula explained to me that the darker shade occurs in the dye pot when that skein is closer to the bottom, in hotter water than the skeins at the top. The paler shade spent its time farther away from the heat.
Easel No. 3 will be BlueEasel, I think. Though there’s a lot of white in here.
If this sort of madness appeals to you, head over to the Shop for your own Marsh Lily experiment. When you order multiple skeins, we are working hard to match up skeins for you that are friends with each other.
It was kind of wacky to knit Easel No. 3 while driving around New England last week—while simultaneously wearing Easel No. 1. No stopping me now . . .