Greetings friends and knitters, be ye banger-outers or hangers-on,
Time sure does fly—it’s just past halftime on our Bang Out a Kiki Mariko Rug knitalong, in which we are knitting! And felting! And also steeking!—a fabulous zig-zag rug in the shortest month of the year. Before we review some of the highlights so far, we have an invitation for you:
Join Us For Steek Night Live!
Next Monday, February 22, at 4 pm central time, we’re hosting a zoom party like no other. In front of the assembled everybody, Kay is going to cut the steek on her rug, LIVE and unrehearsed. You’ll see how easy, how worry-free, and how thrilling it is to cut into the chewy, felted fabric of the Kiki Mariko Rug’s steek.
If you’re near the finish line on your own Kiki Mariko, you can cut your steek in the company of a supportive crowd of knitters. We’re there for you!
And if you don’t have a Kiki Mariko Rug ready to steek, but you’re curious about what a felted steek is like, we’re cooking up a way for you to join in the fun, too. In tomorrow’s post, Kay will offer up instructions for a tiny practice project to knit and felt over the weekend, so that you can cut a wee steek with us during our Zoom call on Monday.
Is Zoom the ideal format for a communal steek-in? Probably not, but we are working with what we’ve got.
Join us Here
We who are about to steek salute you!
Wow. Just wow. It is hard to pry ourselves away from the MDK Lounge and the #BangOutaKikiMariko hashtag on Instagram. The joie de vivre of knitters is amazing and inspiring. Some have finished their rugs. Some have just started, and some are in the thick of it. Some are finishing rugs they started back in 2008, some are stash-diving, some are double-stranding, and there’s probably more than one person who is doing all three of those things. Here are a few fabulous Kikis in progress.
Corey in the MDK Lounge.
Susie @stuff.sooze.made winging the stash, and WINNING.
Elena , giving into into the irresistible urge to stow an entire person in the kiki mariko tube.
Chris and Allison at MDK World Headquarters had the same idea, socially distanced of course.
The Kiki Mariko is versatile: Here’s Claudia, killing it in her new tube top.
There’s Still Plenty of February Left
If you’re inspired to join us, it’s not too late, not by a long shot. The Kiki Mariko Rug pattern, a new-and-improved gem from the archives, has everything we need to be able to bang it out in a matter of days. You can find all the details here.
Whither the Kiki Kits?
The brutal winter weather out West is conspiring against the last few colors we are waiting on to be able to re-stock our kits for this project in all three colorways. We have our fingers crossed for more Lamb’s Pride Bulky and we will shout it from the rooftops when kits are back in stock. In the meantime, if you’re itching to cast on and feeling resourceful, the Kiki Mariko Rug is a flexible and forgiving pattern. As long as your yarn will felt, you can make it work for this project. If your yarn is worsted weight, doubling it should get you very close to gauge—we see a lot of doubled worsted-weight rugs in progress out there, and Nell Ziroli successfully completed her Kiki Mariko using deep worsted-weight stash.
See you Monday on the Zoom, and until then, keep on Kiki-ing on.
Ann and Kay