I brought two skeins of laceweight mohair/silk yarn with me to the MDK Knitting Getaway. That’s all. Keeping it simple. Trying for something easy. Wanting to start a project that would forever be a tender souvenir of that weekend.
I had a variation in mind for the Albers Shawl that appears in MDK Field Guide No. 6: Transparency. The original version calls for Shibui Reed and Pebble. There it is on the right, as drapey and slinky as linen can be.
On the left is the version I’m working on now, in Neighborhood Fiber Co. Loft. Druid Hill is the brown; Mt. Vernon is the background color.
The feel of this weightless, airy fabric is so lovely. This silk/mohair blend is one of the great transformers in the world of yarn—I steamed this piece for about ten seconds, and suddenly my furry little friend smoothed and relaxed as if it had just come home from a long trip.
Which is kind of how I feel, too!
When I got home, I immediately dove into Deep Stash Zone No. 2, where all my Rowan Kidsilk Haze waits patiently for a new obsession.
Here, the Rowan shade known as Jelly has joined the party. (It looks a lot like the Loft shade Belair.) I continue to be surprised at the way the vibrant colors dissolve when knitted. Such a saturated color in the skein, so airy a fabric.
We have a bunch of Loft in the MDK Shop, and I see all sorts of ideas for playing around with Amy Christoffers’s clever pattern. The marling is a simple matter of knitting the two colors at the same time, then dropping one color when working the background. The squares connect at the corners, so you don’t need to cut yarn to keep the squares flowing.
Meanwhile, I Just Got a Commission
The lad (Clif, he who recently decamped to New York for a summer in the clothing world, he who is considerably more aesthetically engaged than I’ll ever be) (here’s his site, Middleman, in case you’re in the market for archival menswear) (of course you are) texted me with a photo and a question.
Could I knit him a sweater like the one in the photo?
Something in black, gray, and white.
In the tradition of Johnny Rotten.
Could I? OH MAN.
In case you weren’t following the Sex Pistols in the late ’70s, here’s a glimpse of Johnny Rotten’s basic sweater style. Pretty much L. L. Bean meets Satan.
Please stay tuned.