I am at journey’s end! I made a thing!
With a modified Irish jig not ready for Tik Tok, I bound off the final stitch of Carol Feller’s Twining Wrap.
It began here, with four stitches and a dream.
And it came to a thrilling conclusion here, a triangular swath of 20 panels of stitchy glory.
It’s time for a post-game wrap up. Things I learned along the way:
Stitch patterns. I haven’t knit aran sweaters or multiple-pattern projects before (incredible but true) (shocking actually) (what is wrong with me?), so this pattern gave me a lot to chew on. In particular, I loved the moment when the stitch patterns made sense and I could let the charts go. The three stitch patterns are each different enough from the next that it was eventually easy to keep them separate in my mind.
Stitch markers. Essential for knowing when to start the next stitch pattern.
The right edge. This is the trickiest part of this pattern: as you knit, you have three different stitch patterns blooming out of the right edge. And you’re adding those new panels along the right side as you are increasing the width of the wrap. This means that the right edge is a Thing To Pay Attention To. I never got the hang of it completely, which meant checking the pattern every few rows.
Spit felting. There are 8 skeins in this project, and I didn’t want to disturb the lovely i-cord edge by having to weave in ends at the edges, so I spit-felted. Nua is nonsuperwash, and the linen content is low enough that I went for it. I will let you know if it all falls apart, but it looks unlikely. I spit-felted the heck out of those joins.
The picot edge. A thrilling moment to arrive at, after a long project. The picot bind off here was new to me.
Cable cast on 2, bind off 6. Look what happens!
Imperfections. There are tons of them in here. But I’m not going to tell you where, because it doesn’t matter.
This yarn. Nua Sport has been a 100% joyfest for me—the mix of merino, yak, and linen is new to me, and I love it like a baby. Carol Feller created this yarn as a showcase for cables and textures, and it does not disappoint. This color, Mosquito Coast, is one of 17 colors that Carol drew from her Irish landscape. It’s one of the loveliest palettes we’ve ever carried. Have a look!
Refreshalong Is Coming to a Close
It has been great fun watching all the projects coming out of Refreshalong, our knitalong for Field Guide No. 14: Refresh. Carol Feller’s designs have made for a lot of good knitting, and we’ll be winding up at the end of next week. If you’re on the verge of greatness with your Carol Feller design, share it on Instagram #refreshalongmdk or in the MDK Lounge.
Finishing a Thing
I have to say, it felt really good to have started and finished this project during these past months. I haven’t baked bread or grown a melon, but this sort of project, full of new things for me, was extremely satisfying. Starting something is an act of optimism. And finishing it is a reminder that life rolls on with opportunity for us if we leave ourselves open to it.
In other words: maybe think about starting something. It feels great.