Necessity is the mother of invention. Nature abhors a vacuum. What I’m saying is that when you didn’t plan well and you don’t have the right knitting with you, you get ideas. And sometimes these ideas lead you back in time.
Back in my apartment, with a rapidly diminishing skein of yarn that will not get me to the finish line on my current project, and will certainly not get me from New York to Nashville and back by Saturday (whee—I’m flying around like it’s 2019!)—I started looking around for potential projects.
Eight squares from Julia Farwell-Clay’s Picket Fence Afghan from MDK Field Guide No. 7: Ease.
Been holding onto these since 2018. These were the squares that didn’t make the final cut for the photography sample. We had several knitters making squares for this one, and whenever you have several knitters, you have several gauges. This is not a problem, because if they are arranged strategically, they can be joined with a three-needle bindoff and play together quite happily. (OK, maybe not the pink one. I was definitely the knitter on the pink one.) I need to make at least four (ok, probably five) more squares to achieve afghan size on this one.
Status: Considering/haven’t ruled out. I do have a some balls of (tragically!) discontinued Rowan Denim in reserve, and I also know that in Nashville, there is plenty of Rowan Handknit Cotton, so making those squares is within range.
An entire sweater I had no earthly recollection of making.
This is Jen Geigley’s Main Squeeze Cardigan from Field Guide No. 12: Big Joy, modified to be a pullover, sans pockets, sans ribbing at cuffs and hem, sans everything but the stitch pattern and the raglan sleeves. All that needs to be done here is graft the underarms and weave in the ends.
Status: Rejected. There is not enough work here to get me to the airport, let alone to Nashville and back. Plus, summer is nigh. I will await the motivation of autumn’s chill, and rejoice that I have an instant sweater.
Two Felted Boxes containing remnants from other projects.
On the left, bulky yarns that are left over from a group-knit blanket. On the right, partial balls of sock yarns from every sock I have made in my entire life. I kept them together for purposes of a magnificent scrappy project (to be determined).
My trusty robot Loome Tool. I briefly considered making pom poms with these leftovers, because who doesn’t want to be that lady making pom poms on the plane?
Status: Like a cat who plays more with the box the toy came in than the toy itself, I have a strong urge to make a new set of Felted Boxes. They are so great! So many people have made them!
I made these two, and many others, back in the early oughts. They were for our first book, and I finished them so close to the deadline that they were still damp in the photos. I’ve used them all these years. They are the best type of catchall basket—sturdy but soft, so they can sit safely on any surface.
Sudden flash of inspiration: wouldn’t it be fun to knit a nesting set of Felted Boxes using a Kiki Mariko Rug Kit? Both the rug and the felted boxes call for the same exact yarn (Lamb’s Pride Bulky), and by using one of the kits, I’ll get a pre-coordinated set of colors.
But which kit colorway? Original? Blue? Heather? Upon arrival at MDK World Headquarters, I’m heading straight to the Kiki Mariko aisle. Problem solved—prepare yourself, washing machine!
Late Breaking Development/Disinterment
Well, would you look at this fine fellow. She popped out of a cupboard, all tidy in a Field Bag with the needles and yarn in it, and that copy of Field Guide No. 7 I thought I’d lost.
It’s a Sail-Away Shawl, God’s perfect travel knitting, off to a good start, and many soul-soothing rows to go.
Thanks, 2018 Kay, for setting this travel knitting up so nicely for me. If I’d finished it then, I couldn’t be knitting on it now, which is why I never judge myself harshly for letting projects marinate.