Announcing: The Great Ease-along

By Ann Shayne
July 6, 2018
Get yourself our new Field Guide No. 7, a pile of our beautiful yarns, and ease yourself into a dream summer.

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  • So…last weekend at the French Market was a woman selling handmade soaps shaped like frogs. Each frog came in box and was not only named, but had a short personality description as well. At the time I thought these precious guys would look perfect resting on a Bohdi Leaf Washcloth. Then I rethought it and decided it would be too kitschy. Now along comes this Ease-Along. So I have until tomorrow to decide whether or not to stop at the booth and adopt a frog or two or more.

    • I vote to go with the frogs. They have names! They’re real! They need leaves! I just happened to run across some green cotton yarn that would make excellent Bodhi Leaves. I feel the Ease approaching…

    • Pam, don’t “frog” the frogs!

    • Please, please, please go back for the frogs! What a perfect pairing for a gift – for yourself or a loved one! I don’t think it’s kitschy at all.

      • I’m with you! Not kitschy! The universe provided the frogs for the Bodhi leaves!

    • Where is this French Market?!

      • The French Market is in Wheaton, IL. It us a fabulous way to spend a Saturday morning. I’ll be there this morning, hopefully so will the frogs.

    • Hi, Pam!
      Does the woman at the French Market have a business card? If so, would you mind asking her if you can share it or her info if she does orders? I need these frogs in my life!

      • The company is Waterfall Glen Soap Company, LLC. They are based in Palatine, IL. They have a website: Yesterday I took 4 frogs home with me, 2 named Katia, a Nathan, and a Timothy. They are adorable. Now time to cast on the washcloth.

  • Watching the Bodhi Leaf emerge on/from my needles is so much fun!!

  • I’m in! On square 2 of my picket fence blanket.

  • I love this!!! I’ll be making some Bohdi Leaf washcloths with some leftover linen that I have in my stash!!! Can’t wait to cast on, even though I have 2 other projects on needles!

    • Only two??!! Get busy, girl!

  • Awwww. I want to wrap my arms around you a give a big hug of thanks. Maybe we all need more encouragement to relax more/knit more as opposed to hiding my stash and furtively getting in a little knitting.

  • Sounds perfect! And I want every project. But I am sworn to my gift knitting or UFOs for the summer. But maybe The Lounge & Insta will change all that….. devil/angel, again! Execpt rhe devil isn’t bad, it’s just new knitting. Possibly requiring new yarn……. hmmmm…..

  • Hey, what about the crochet folks?

  • Perfect timing! Yesterday was (a) my birthday and (b) stinkin’ hot, so I gave myself the new Field Guide and will now hunt up some yarn to get started on slowing down.

    • My birthday too! Happy 5th!

  • I have been knitting quite a few of the Bodhi leaf wash cloths. Fun using linen stash of this and that and I adore this pattern. After one leaf no need to look at the pattern. Just easy knitting.

  • I am not sure if I will EVER finish my Shakerag top in the murky shade of “Monsoon”! I have been plugging away faithfully but it has been slow going. I like to wear dark colors on top, but I may need to re-think knitting with dark colors. I think the problem is tired eyes at the end of the day, and that I should put a white handkerchief on my lap to help me see the stiches! If I ever finish it, I will be ready to EASE on into some Bodhi washcloths. I love, love, love the idea of the frog soaps 🙂

  • Actually, later in life, you get those summer breaks back year round in retirement…..enjoying the heck out of it.

    • I am in the endless summer of retirement and enjoying so much. Why is there still not enough time? LOL

  • Ahh, I am starting to feel relaxed already.

  • This is not a tough sell!

  • I love you ladies!!

  • I have 3 of the 4 ease patterns in my queue so joining in on the mall is a no brainer. I loved MDK patterns when I first started knitting and I still love them now!

  • Is anyone else having trouble getting going on the Sail-Away shawl? I can’t get the stitch count for Section 1 to come out right. E.g., Row 1 and 2 add 5 stitches (one garter ridge) to the 9 sts after the two setup rows. So we have a total of 14 sts. Repeating rows 1 and 2 9 times (9 garter ridges=45 sts plus the 14) is a total of 59 (not 54). Then two more garter ridges for B=69 (not 64). Add the 315 sts gained for the stripe sequence and the total is now 383 (not the 389 it should be. Whew! What am I doing wrong? I sure hate to give up on this lovely shawl.

    • Thank you so much for writing, Lisa. You are correct–there are problems with the stitch count. We are so sorry you had trouble with this pattern!

      Here are the corrections you’ll need to make your shawl. Corrections are in bold.

      On page 15, under Section 1, the 6th paragraph should read “Rep Rows 1 and 2 EIGHT more times—54 sts.” The last line in the last paragraph of Section 1 (just above “Scarf Only”) should read “… ridges in A; 6 garter ridges in B—384 sts.”
      On page 16, under Shawl Only, the first paragraph should read “Continuing in B, work Rows 1 and 2 twice—394 sts.

      Again, many thanks for taking the time to check in. We appreciate it so much.

  • I am knitting the Melanie Berg On the Spice Market Shawl, using a kit from Loop London, I loved the colours so much. It’s definitely an ease project so far, as I am finding it easy to remember the pattern. So far its travelled all the way down to the South of France (car knitting is great when the pattern is easy!)