I think I’ve expressed to you how obsessed I’ve been with Cecelia Campochiaro’s sequence knitting. I mean: I finished an entire blanket of sequence knitting in eight weeks.
I find it soothing and meditative, this simple concept of knit and purl stitches worked in patterns that end up being magically complex. I don’t have to be a brainiac to make it all happen. It is the goshdarnedest thing.
And it looks beautiful in yarns that are luxurious or rustic.
In the Field Guide, we feature Amor Valdez’s Crave Caravan.
It is the slinkiest, drapiest, most luxurious blend: 70% merino, 10% cashmere, 10% mulberry silk, and 10% camel. I feel like a million bucks when I wear this wrap. Amor’s yarn makes this into a treasure to wear forever.
As lush as this is, I had to try a Corrugated Wrap using rustic yarns. During the dim days of winter, I received a gift from the cargo gods when Marcia MacDonald airlifted me a batch of her plant-dyed yarn, Lana Plantae.
I tried out three shades made from marigold, cochineal, and osage orange. The effect is completely different—it’s that mood where you want to don your barn jacket, festoon your rustic Corrugated Wrap about the neck, and go out in the back yard and chop firewood. Or, more likely, go stack the artisanally chopped wood that the nice guy sitting in his truck outside Sperry’s brought to your back yard.
We have Crave Caravan in the Shop, and four skeins will make a Corrugated Wrap for the ages. I can easily imagine this project going with me on a trip this summer—no size to worry about, one glorious color to watch.
We have Lana Plantae in the Shop as well, in a DK weight that allows you to cast on fewer stitches and create a Corrugated Wrap with a larger gauge than the pattern calls for—a speedy Corrugated Wrap.
Indigo, Osage, Sumac, Cochineal
This might be my next scheme. The hot pink that Marcia cooked up is so extravagant and wild that I can’t believe the dye came from the tiny bugs known as cochineal.
And the Rambouillet wool is soft and delicious to the touch. They are not a scratchy breed, the Rambouillets. They obviously keep the Breck Fleece Conditioner at hand at all times.