One of the great small dramas of knitting is the eternal question: how’s that going to look, knitted up?
In a world where hand dyeing has brought about colorways that defy description, with combinations and proportions that boggle the imagination, sometimes you have to dive in. Sometimes you gotta be willing to que sera, sera your way through it. As they say on the Mars series on National Geographic, “You don’t get to Mars without ambition.”
Well, Elon Musk and Doris Day would be pleased to see how things ended up with my batch of Sweitzer Fiber Mill Yarn With No Name.
To recap: It was three skeins of one colorway, three skeins of a slightly different colorway. Sweitzer’s Fiber Mill. A blend of cashmere, merino, and (wha?) FLAX.
I thought it was beautiful. I was in the free-fly zone at Rhinebeck. The line for the donuts was beautiful. Everything was beautiful.
The answer to the challenge of what to do with a random batch of yarn came when I found Nell Ziroli’s Crete pattern. It is specifically designed to use two colorways together—four rows of one color, four of the next. It blends together that which might otherwise defy blending.
This simple, elemental, gorgeous pattern manages to use only knit stitches and exactly two sleeve seams. I can easily imagine making another of these—it is tremendously fun to make this top-down raglan. Five stars!
And this mystery yarn—this blend of merino, cashmere, and flax—creates drape, crispness and even a slight halo. All at once. Wheover heard of such a thing? Crazy. I wish this yarn existed and wasn’t just a one-off experiment by the fine folks at Sweitzer’s Fiber Mill.
Anyway, a finished object feels so complete. Hats off to our fellow Giftalongers over in The Lounge who have completed your Giftalong.
Now: it’s an excellent time to cast on, and we’re thrilled about everybody who has preordered Mason-Dixon Knitting Field Guide No. 2: Fair Isle. Thank you for being game for all this!