I wrote recently about winding 11 skeins of Mohonk Light. I’m guessing you, clever minx, figured out that I was winding this yarn in white-hot anticipation of casting on my first Color Explosion Throw. (It will not be my last.)
I cast on my blanket the day that Cecelia Campochiaro turned up in Nashville for our Knitting Getaway at MDK HQ. It just felt like the thing to do, and as the weekend progressed, it felt really great to listen to Cecelia teach her two workshops while I was getting started on this project.
It goes fast, this throw. Knitting two yarns on a size 5 mm (US size 8) means that you can crank a foot of blanket in short order.
The marl pattern combines 11 different colors in 55 different marls.
My early marls have a sort of woodsy wonderland vibe to them, which is fine. But I’m itching to get to the Roasted Persimmon jolt of color, and to get some of the close-color marls going.
In other words: this project is that just-one-more kind of knitting that makes me really love knitting.
The random pools of color are unpredictable, because the two yarns twist and overlap as you work. I’m doing a lot of squinting right now, seeing what new color is the result of two yarns knitted together.
Kay, I know you’re asking why I am knitting with Mohonk Light when we have four billion colors of Felted Tweed in the Shop waiting to be adopted. Do I ask why you knit a gigantic cable sweater out of completely discontinued Rowan Denim? No, I do not. I know what happens when the heart wants a thing. The thing must be had.
As I said above, this ain’t going to be my only Color Splosion. I love Felted Tweed and plan on making another one of these babies, but I could not resist the chance (finally) to make something using a bunch of Jill Draper’s colors.
This is Barnsides, Bering, Bone, California Poppy, Charred Coal, Frosted Moss, Mourning Dove, Roasted Persimmon, Sagebrush, Shell, Spinach, and Wet Bluestone. We have a very tiny quantity of these left in the Shop, if you’re in the mood for Jill Draper.
Who knows how this is going to turn out? Stay tuned.