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  • Please keep posting Fussy Cuts photos on a regular basis to remind me of my squares that are marinating, waiting to be gartered together into a blanket.

  • As I am in “stage 2” of my second Fussy Cuts blanket I relish this vitamin shot.
    FYI the stages are:
    Knit 20 squares
    Sew in the ends
    Border 20 squares
    Knit together the rows
    Knit together the columns
    Sew in the ends (trying to have as few as possible)
    Apply the binding

    All but the last 3 steps are very portable. Another reason I love this pattern.
    The none portable part works great for binge tv. I’m thinking “Secrets of the Six Wives” on PBS.

    • I’ve been doing Stage 4 of a Secret Fussy Cuts while watching Secrets of the Six Wives. It’s fantastic. I want Lucy W to explain all of English history to me.

      • Mark Rylance’s Cromwell in Wolf Hall reawakened in me an interest in all things Tudor. I watched it the second time just as eagerly as the first. Anyway, I just finished The Private Lives of the Tudors: Uncovering the Secrets of Britain’s Greatest Dynasty. (By Tracy Borman.) I’ve read a lot of fiction and nonfiction about this era, and I did learn some new things from it!

  • I ordered (and received on Sunday! Thanks, USPS!) the Log Cabin Cloths Kit and immediately cast-on. This is my first time knitting log cabin and I’m loving it so far! Thank you!

    • Sarah! Welcome to Team Log Cabin! It’s real fun here!

  • One of my all time favorite knits was the Moderne baby blanket, and I won a ribbon at the Minnesota State Fair with Mitered Crosses.

    • We need to get a badge to give to State Fair ribbon winners!

  • Please tell us the yarn you used for your Fussy Cuts. It was so beautiful, it took my breath away.

    • Noro Silk Garden is the yarn used for the log cabins. The frames can be more Silk Garden or a solid color worsted weight yarn of your choice. We used Brown Sheep Co. Lamb’s Pride Worsted for the photo sample for the book.

  • Now all I can think is what is a parquet square? Not great for a monday morning like this with so much work ahead. But I love learning and will try to focus for now. … It’s that tremendously interested that shows us we are on the right path!

    • I learned Parquet Squares from Barbara Walker’s books. It’s a way of knitting a square into a corner by picking up on one edge, and then knitting straight garter stitch, but attaching it to the other side of the corner as you go. Ann Weaver uses a very similar technique to make a ninepatch square in the Sommerfeld Shawl design in Field Guide No. 4.

  • The goddess Julia Child – how right she was. Upon my first glance of log cabin, I thought, “not my thing, I like curvy lines and tend toward flowery or more intricate knit/crochet patterns and avoid modern looks”. You swayed me – again! – on taking another look after my initial dismissal: I now see something satisfying in the way this is constructed, so many variabilities, and the convenience of turning any wonky experiments into a dishcloth, at least. Fussy Cuts and Courthouse Steps just got to me. I’m now thinking about my stash and lovely log cabin patterns to be made with them!

    • I’m your polar opposite in that I love straight lines and have to be persuaded into lacy curves, but Ann Weaver’s Sommerfeld Shawl opened my eyes to the beautiful possibilities of mixing a little feather and fan into a log cabin framework.

      • Just now had the chance to check the Sommerfield shawl… I’m going to be planning a lacy sommerfield log cabin shawl in my head for weeks, I can tell!

  • I’m positively thrilled with the subject matter of your current field guide! In devouring your first book, I was immediately drawn to the log cabin knitting. It was the first time I really understood that I was the boss of my knitting (reconfirmed later by our dearest EZ when I was a more confident knitter). Later I fell in love with quilting, and my taste in quilt designs veers sharply toward those that could also be knitted. I quickly found the quilts of Gee’s Bend and Denyse Schmidt. These founts of inspiration led to my knitted tribute:
    http://www.ravelry.com/projects/chavahsdaughter/ode-to-denyse-baby-quilt

    Thank you for posting your past designs and projects along with the field guide designs! I’m inspired all over again!!

    • Tara, that project is stunning. I’m so intrigued by the short rows. I always want to do that and then despair of how I am going to keep the piece straight on the sides. You did it perfectly!

      • Thank you so much! My eye loves asymmetry, but my type A, Virgo brain thinks in straight line symmetry. Balancing the short rows meant keeping track of them and thus a little more mindfulness than traditional log cabining, but it was worth it. I think it would be fun to play with intentional wonkiness on a larger scale. I was bit limited by the smaller landscape of a baby blanket size. I’m so glad you like it!

    • Your blanket is beautiful – thanks for your instructions for short-rowing a wonky block! I’ve followed the orginal log cabin guidelines from my “old” Mason-Dixon book to make many variations, but never did I make a wonky block (on purpose). I am looking forward to it – very inspirational and fun.

      • I’m happy to provide more guidance if my abbreviated description on my project page needs clarification. At the time, it seemed there were intentionally wonky quilts on every quilting blog on the internet. I loved the Tilt-a-Whirl feel they gave to traditional designs, like log cabins and Chinese coins.

        I’d love to see what you create!

    • That is just gorgeous!

      • Thank you, Helen!

    • What a beautiful piece of work! So immaculately precise and delightfully tilted at the same time!

      • That is such a sweet compliment! Thank you! It was a very addictive knit.

    • Tara, this is brilliant! I’ve haven’t made a quilt (yet) but I’ve had Denise S’s first book for ages and I pull it out for inspiration regularly. Someday… and now you’ve got me thinking about knitted versions. Tremendously interested over here.

      • I love Denyse Schmidt’s first book SO MUCH! So many of her quilt patterns would work so well in knitting.

        You might be interested in the book “No-Pattern Knits” by Pat Ashforth and Steve Plummer. It demonstrates how to make some very quilty-looking shapes that can be assembled together. It’s one of my favorites when I want to intersect the two crafts.

        If you ever want to talk knitted quilts, feel free to contact me on Ravelry!

  • Will the Sommerfeld wrap block more evenly? The edges look pretty wonky.

    • Hi Sally! Not sure what edge you’re seeing, but maybe it’s the block that has feather and fan in it along the bottom? That edge definitely has waves in it, because that’s what feather and fan does. But if you’re wanting a straight edge all around, you could just work that block in plain garter stitch and it wouldn’t block out to be wavy.

  • Can’t wait to be able to download Fussy Cuts pattern. I have the Noro ready and waiting.

    • OK, I’m motivated! I don’t want to keep you waiting too long, Donna!

  • The magic of garter and log cabin, so many paths…. <3

  • I see an outbreak of Cabin Fever among your readers! So thrilled with how this one came out: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/lightdove/paintbox-log-cabin-blanket. Much deserved credit given to MDK!
    Scheming to add another color border around the squares of my languishing Mitered Crosses, and, on Kay’s advice, hunker down with it and a podcast or three. (Don’t you love it when people listen to you?)
    Thanks for all the inspiration!

    • And- you’ve motivated me to finally learn how to link to a Ravelry project: thanks!

      • So glorious, Helen. It really is a paintbox of color!

        And the idea of just adding more to a blanket? Keep going . . .

    • Your Paintbox is a stunner!

      The other thing you could do with your Mitered Crosses is just say, “It’s done!” Everything doesn’t need a border. The longer a project sits in the WIP pile just needing a border, the less I think it needs one, and eventually I pronounce it “done.”

    • Yay! You figured out the linking to rav thing 🙂

  • Thanks to MDK, I learned to log cabin and made two Moderne Baby Blankets as well as a Mitered Crosses throw (the last two inches of I cord have proved difficult on it) and Ann Weaver’s Albers Cowl. I bought this guide without thinking twice. There is something very satisfying about log cabining. Ann Weaver’s shawl looks amazing. But the Eddy wrap has to come first. Right?

    • Oh, and I bought Craft Activism just for the Fussy Cuts pattern. I may have a problem. 🙁

  • Kay, I love your collection of much-loved log cabins, and I believe I have pictures of that very courthouse steps from several years ago, in Concord…2010, maybe? I remember it hanging down over the front of a table covered in knits, including at least one WIP. And I do not recall any bowing out of the steps 🙂

  • Several years ago I made a Moderne Baby Blanket as a “warm up” to a larger Moderne blanket and enjoyed the process for both. I’ve ordered your newest guide and look forward to revisiting the whole log cabin technique.

  • Love them all!

  • I love log cabins, and learning about the technique from your book, back when I was a new knitter, was just about the greatest thing ever! (Right up there with knitting in the round and making decreases for a hat.) I also somehow let this summer slip by without knitting anything in cotton, which is very sad. But it’s not yet September, and I am so ready for a dish towel project. I think a log cabin one may be just the thing! Thank you!

  • I’ve been a log cabin fan for years after I first saw them on the Mason Dixon blog. I have knitted a variety of blankets – most gifted away. I just finished a stack of Ball Band dishcloths for a wedding gift and just started a stack of log cabin dishcloths for another bride-to-be.
    Here is a log cabin blanket I knitted recently for a cousin’s wedding: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/Francieos/how-to-log-cabin-2

    • That is a very pretty log cabin blanket – I’ll bet the recipient was thrilled. Love the colors!

  • Thank you ever so much for directing me to resources. I find that one of my best delights while reading you, Ann and your friends.
    This technique is a skill I know I’ve bungled, and now I have not only a name but direction to guide me. I’m also waiting for the knitted on edge of Romi Hill’s pattern to “click”. Thank you all for expanding our techniques and knitting vocabulary.

  • Hi Kay…..I’m looking for a pattern for your log cabin blanket with the off-white border. A friend and I want to make one to donate to a silent auction for disaster relief for the victims of Hurricane Harvey. What kind and how much yarn does it take of each color? The one you made is gorgeous. We had a blast making several Mitered Crosses to donate to similar causes and want to repeat the joy!

  • I have had a Moderne Log Cabin blanket OTN for a couple years, intended for Younger Son. He will get it… eventually. He saw the one in your first? second? book long ago and commented that it was a nice pattern, so when I decided to knit him an afghan that pattern was the obvious choice.

  • Having found MD knitting book in a charity shop have finished log cabin blanket for my grand son and about to start Moderne pattern for my granddaughter. So inspired, ecan’t wait to start experimenting with my own handspun.Thank you for making me realise there are still new and exciting things to try at 69!