Here’s a news flash. Getting ready for my vacation (HAVE I MENTIONED I’M GOING ON VACATION), I got a head start on my Hana pullover when, while clearing out my craft nook, I discovered, or re-discovered, 60 balls of Den-M-Knit, all in the same dye lot. (Den-M-Knit is a different brand of the same yarn as Rowan Denim of blessed memory.) Waste not, want not! I couldn’t wait to cast on Hana—a favorite pattern in a favorite yarn. (I won’t need all 60 balls, I am just impressed with Kay of the Past for having 60 balls in the same dye lot. That lady was on it!)
My head start quickly turned into a head-on collision with my old enemy reality, though, when I realized that maybe something a little less cable-y would be a more relaxing vacation project.
The break in the wavy twisted-stitch motif on the right is intentional; it’s so freaking cool.
I know, I knit my most epic cables-in-denim project ever, Whitby, while on the move one summer in Croatia and Germany. But that was when I was younger, so much younger than today, I never needed anybody’s help (following a cable chart) in any way.
I definitely don’t want to have any chart-reading stress while trying to relax and soak up time with beloved chums I haven’t seen in two full years.
So, I’ve activated plan B: I’m still taking Hana with me, for interludes of prime cable knitting conditions. I know they will come, as we three are nothing if we are not relaxed vacationers. We like to punctuate sessions of sitting with brief blasts of more sitting. Sometimes we go from inside . . . to outside.
But for road knitting, I’ve ordered up a sweet sweet batch of Atlas, our forthcoming brand-new, first-ever MDK, light worsted-weight Rambouillet, grown, spun, and dyed in the USA. And I’m going to use it to knit my first Petula Pullover by Isabell Kraemer.
Mmmm . . . stockinette.
Petula is a star of MDK Field Guide No. 10: Downtown, and it’s a sweater which I’ve yet to knit for myself because I opted for the Bottom Line Pullover from that wonderful wee tome. (I believe you then opted to swipe my finished Bottom Line, and that it is still at large in Nashville, Tennessee. It fits you better, so no hard feelings. Just not going to let you act like it didn’t happen.)
MDK’s Allison Shelton, the midwife of Atlas, picked my palette for me: Cork (a warm light tan reminiscent of . . . cork) for the patterned yoke, and Truffle (a brown-black that looks like a savory fungus or perhaps a dark chocolate bonbon) for the main color. (MDK is out here on the cutting edge of innovation in yarn shade-naming—the names evoke the actual colors!)
Stockinette for days! Just what I’ll be needing next week at this time. Wish me luck getting either of these two vacation projects on their way, let alone finished, in two weeks’ time. It’s all about the journey!