There’s you over there, knitting multiples of The Shift cowl, totally immersed in the spooling colors of a one-of-a-kind yarn. I’ve yet to fall into the rabbit hole of Spincycle Dyed in the Wool—based on your experience I’m thinking it might be a case of I’ve-fallen-and-I-can’t-get-up. In other words—I can’t wait.
Over here, right now, I’m still besotted with my Rowan Denim version of Junko Okamoto’s Hana pullover. At this point it’s not just a sweater. It’s a lifestyle. It’s a friend. It’s a home within my home. I’m not going to stop talking about it, whether the yarn is discontinued or not.
The knitting part is over. Just like that! Cable charts 1 through 8, I hardly knew ye!
The wonky embroidery part is ON.
Of all the photos of Hana in this post, this one most accurately shows the color.
Faced with four sweater parts, I started by asking my signature question: Can this seam be a 3-needle-bind-off?
I thought that a visible bind-off at the shoulders might be a little neater, and might better bear the heavier weight of a cotton Hana (the original Hana is wool).
Plus: I love a 3-needle bind-off beyond all reason. I try to find opportunities to use it.
I went so far as to start picking up stitches on the shoulder edges, but that turned out to be hard work due to the fact that I’d already washed and machine-dried the sweater pieces, which tightens up the stitches. (A hot wash and machine-dry is standard, ballband-recommended treatment for Rowan Denim—shrinking is a feature, not a bug of this yarn, and I factored it into the decision about which size I’d knit.)
So then I asked a non-signature question: Kay, can you not just shut up and row, or in this case, sew? I like embroidery! I’m decent at doing it! It goes pretty fast!
And so: I’m sewing.
For a bit of contrast with the denim, which will fade to a very pale blue over time, I’m using Euroflax linen from my stash; I believe the shade is called Gunmetal. I like a dirty gray, and the slight sheen of the linen will add a little glamour, if only in my own mind.
I like it, and it’s so fun to do. The pattern pdf has links to videos that show exactly how to do the whipstitch on Hana’s real seams and faux seams, and blanket stitch around the hem, neck, and sleeve edges.
I’m savoring the process. (As you know, I’m mainly savoring it during MDK team zooms.)
I want to thank you, Ann. When I was doing a soliloquy on Instagram about the 3-needle-bind-off, you chimed in to suggest that I just follow the pattern, which stopped me from overthinking.
I still think a modified 3-needle-bind-off, with the bind-off chain showing, would be cool. Maybe for my next Hana!
Our first event at MDK World Headquarters in Nashville is really more of a Knit Afternoon. It’s just that Knit Night is a lot easier to say. At 3:30 on Saturday, October 2, the whole place turns into a hangout with snacks and bevs and shopping and time spent in the company of knitters. We’ll go until the sun sets.
It’s shaping up to be a lot of fun, so if you’re in the area, or want to come to Nashville for the weekend and make Knit Night a stop in between boot shopping and hot chicken, come on! Sign up here. We’ll be wearing masks and asking everybody to show their vaccination cards.