We’ve met only a couple of times, once here in Nashville when you came to Craft South for a workshop a while back. It was great. I had the chance to see samples for all your famous designs: Find Your Fade, Fadey Fade, Fade 2000, Faded Fade, I Forgot To Fade. I think we talked about dickies at one point, which is always a hot topic.
The sample that really got me was The Shift, the cowl that at latest count shows 8,438 projects posted on Ravelry. I’ve been meaning to make The Shift from the moment I saw your sample, and I’m happy to report that last week the stars aligned, the skies cleared, and I had in my hands three skeins of Spincycle Dyed in the Wool, a size 5 (3.75 mm) needle, and your pattern.
It was so, so, so fun.
For those who haven’t heard of this pattern, The Shift has much to recommend it. It’s a grand total of 600 yards (548 meters) of yarn, so it comes together fast. It makes superb use of Dyed in the Wool, the Spincycle yarn that is the ultimate free spirit. The pattern makes you pay attention, starting in a corner (at the bottom here) and increasing into a shape that makes no sense until you’re almost done.
I spent a lot of time holding this thing up and saying things like “wow” and “oh wow.”
The seam up the back is a bit of origami that makes the stripes run diagonally, not vertically.
It has a lot of unpredictability in it, which I love.
I never would have guessed that these three yarns would knit up the way they did.
Castaway, Mississippi Marsala, and Summer Love
Immediately after casting off my Shift, I beelined for the MDK Wall of Spincycle, one of my favorite procrastination zones at MDK World HQ. I scrounged up three more skeins of Dyed in the Wool, aiming for colors I never knit with.
Midsommar, sunset strip, and Absinthe
It’s Jordan Almonds, Easter eggs, My Little Pony. I’m about to hit the greeny part of Absinthe. Wildly enthralling.
I learned from my first Shift that it is impossible to tell what will happen, so there’s a joyful letting go of worry when choosing colors. At the moment we have a bumper crop of 16 Dyed in the Wool colors, so the possibilities are endless.
This experience reminded me that knitting is the greatest thing ever. Thank you for this pattern, Andrea—it’s exactly what knitting should be.
One last thing: dickies do not get enough love. I think we agreed on that.