The minute we saw Love and Happiness, we were goners.
Amy Christoffers‘s lovely cowl pattern has that thing we love: simple cables, great drape, and a juicy depth to it.
X and O, over and over. Hugs and kisses? Of course.
We noticed that Amy’s cowl was made with some kind of great yarn. Not a traditional tightly twisted yarn, but something softer, hazier, prettier. Unexpected.
It’s Lorna’s Laces Haymarket, and we fell for it as fast as we’d fallen for Amy’s cowl.
For months now, we have been at work on a special batch of Haymarket colors that would capture the soft brightness of springtime.
Our creative director Melanie Falick cooked up a palette for this yarn, and Beth Casey did her magic to capture the nuances of the six shades. Now, we share with you the results of their work matching palette to yarn. We happily present six new colors exclusive to MDK, now available in the MDK Shop:
Delight. A buttercup yellow, but not a crazy yellow.
Glee. A deep rose. Not fuschia, not bubblegum.
Elation. A bluegreen, or turquoise, or something in the neighborhood of aqua.
Contentment. A tender gray.
Euphoria. A gentle pink, even gentler than this picture allows.
Bliss. Somewhere between a soft denim, cornflower, or indigo.
With the true glory of spring exploding around us, this is the yarn we’ll knit now on our summer rambles—and when fall finally arrives, we’ll be ready with a souvenir filled with memories of the warm season when we made this.
A Fine Match of Yarn and Pattern
I’m finding Love and Happiness a great pattern to alternate with other knitting—a few cables can be a ton of fun after cranking a long-haul stockinette project. And it passes the all-important portability test. The stitch pattern looks intricate, but it’s easily memorized after a repeat or two. And if you’ve ever wanted to learn to make cables without a cable needle, well, this is your pattern! (A quick how-to video is here.)
Love and Happiness can be made with two or three skeins of Haymarket. I had a hard time picking a color for my Love and Happiness—but I went with Elation because that’s always a great feeling. And a great turquoisey aqua.
Love and Happiness. Made with Elation. Or Glee. Or Contentment. See? This is knitting to lift your spirits, every time you pick up your needles.