Giftalong 2017 is making me knit more. Purpose! Industry! We’re having a fine time over in the Lounge Giftalong conversation, setting our goals and dreams for the handknits we may or may not complete in time to give to unsuspecting handknit targets. Feel free to jump in, everybody—the Lounge’s busted-out corduroy sofa is big enough for every knitter with a yen to finish something.
I set out the ridiculous goal of finishing these three projecks before Christmas. I just put away a stack of children’s books, seeing as how my little children have been replaced by lanky growed-up humans. So here’s the literary equivalent of how I’m feeling so far.
Mike Mulligan and the Steam Shovel. Four corners, neat and square. Done in a day? I’ve got a way to go, but I’ve got a lot of steam in me.
I can’t quite express how lovely this Fyberspates Vivacious DK is. This is Pebble Beach, a warm gray. The three other shades in our Shop are worth a look for the masterful color sense at play. The pattern is the Little Tern Blanket designed by Tin Can Knits from A Year of Techniques. It was a game changer to learn the provisional cast on for this.
The Little Engine That Could. I think I can, I think I can. Big stitches, fluffy yarn? We’re going to get this thing over the mountain.
This is Ann Weaver’s Sommerfeld Shawl from MDK Field Guide No. 4: Log Cabin. The yarn is Karida Collins’s Neighborhood Fiber Co. Loft yarn, the juicy mohair/silk flurf that I promise you has surprising insulating power despite its deceptive airiness. We have 16 shades of this glorious stuff. I am almost done, and I will want to figure out something else to make with Loft.
The Story of Ferdinand. The little bull who would rather smell the flowers than fight. Maybe I’m feeling like a long stretch of juicy color from Backyard Fiberworks is the thing. Maybe I don’t feel like jumping into the bull-fighting ring. Maybe I’ll just knit in circles until a sweater shows up.
Caitlin Hunter’s Birkin sweater is a complete joy to make. There are four rows where you have the option to add little bobbles for texture. I did this, knitting into the front and back of a stitch four times, then wrapping the yarn across the front of the bobble to ensure bobble integrity. While my bobbles fall into the category of Charmingly Folkloric aka lumpy and misshapen rather than Masterful, I love them very much.
This is our Backyard Fiberworks Sock, in two of our eight exclusive MDK colors. The yoke is Jamberry. The shifts in color run from deep fuschia to medium fuschia. At no point does this become pink, though I think it wanted to at one point.
The body is Patio, and I find the color shifts here to be really pleasing. I’m never one to alternate two skeins of hand-dyed yarn—I’m paying after-tax dollars for my yarn to be all irregular and unpredictable! I want irregular! Surprise me!
So that’s the lay of the land at the moment. I hope everybody is feeling the longer nights settle in and finding comfort in family and friends. I keep thinking back on Thanksgiving, and how food and making and a laugh can be so delectable.