There’s something about starting a new project that always works for me. It’s fun, every single time.
So when I see these two new projects from Karida Collins, in the new Field Guide No. 18: Beginnings, I see instant fun that will feed my craving for a project that has a beginning, middle, and end in only a few hours.
Sometimes you just want to make a thing. A whole thing.
Whole Thing No. 1: Diagonal Mitts
These Diagonal Mitts (Ravelry link) cleverly follow the extremely three-dimensional shape of a hand.
But there is magic at work here—no fancy structure to be found in the knitting here. In fact, they are nothing more than a square, knitted on the bias, then seamed to allow a thumbhole. Make two of these squares, seam the edges, and I’ve achieved the stupendous finished object that will make my gift giving very simple come December.
Really cute when all is said and done. The yarn here is Neighborhood Fiber Co. Organic Studio Sock, which is Karida’s new base that reflects her commitment to sustainability. You’ll find twelve colors in the MDK Shop, including some gorgeous variegated colorways.
Whole Thing No. 2: Flash Cap
Karida tells me that she wanted the Flash Cap (Ravelry link) to be a quick colorwork project, maybe a good first stranded knitting project for a new knitter. Actually, I think there’s fun here for any knitter in search of a fast hat.
You can do one row of zigzags, two rows, or the truly spectacular three-row zigzag. These zippy colors are all found in Karida’s yarn, Organic Studio Worsted, a soft merino that is just the right weight for a hat like this.
We have nine colors in the MDK Shop, and I swear you could combine any of them for Flash Caps with a lot of personality.
Good fun in small doses is what summer is going to be for me this year. I can’t wait to dive in with these yarns and these projects—and finish them, snipsnap zipzap!