One thing I can’t abide is not having a knitting project on the go. I can’t abide it for even 24 hours. So when I finished all the knitting on my Mood Cardigan, I was in a fix. I had company for the weekend (socially distant, related-to-me company), and I therefore couldn’t sit all by myself in a quiet room getting the cuffs, construction, and neckline details worked out on the Mood. I needed a sit-and-knit project, and I needed it now.
Help soon arrived, in the form of a photograph on Amy Christoffers’s Instagram feed during Family Scroll Time.
I love everything about Amy’s new shawl design, Pressed Flowers, especially the Marimekko/Orla Kiely vibe of stylized flowers against dotted background.
It took me a full 5 minutes of fishing around in the big blue Ikea bag that holds my pandemic stash. I came up with 6 balls of Rowan Felted Tweed, in two colors, Seafarer (dark blue) and Granite (beigey-gray).
Suddenly, my holiday weekend became very fun.
The slip-stitch pattern makes sense from early on, and the piece grows very quickly.
I love slipped-stitch patterns for many reasons, but I particularly love the flat, almost woven fabric they create. I’ve been having flashbacks to the dearly beloved Linoleum Dishcloth, although I think this square floral is even easier to knit.
Felted Tweed is working out perfectly for this pattern. It’s light and soft, and so well-behaved. Felted Tweed is truly a universal donor of yarns, and it had the distinct advantage of being there in the Ikea bag stash when I needed it.