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  • Love your yarn combos. What is the name of the cowl please.

  • My head is spinning with new possibilities. I just happen to have these yarns stashed and waiting. I never regret a purchase from MDK. Thanks for the inspiration.

  • Incredibly helpful! I started my Marlogram yesterday. The possibilities for these marls is so exciting!

    • Did you use the Ombré Merino Lace? If so, what two colors? My fingers are tired from toggling back and forth between colors thinking, “Maybe this? No, maybe this?”

  • Another wonderful article by Jillian! Now I’m feeling very nostalgic about my mix tapes.

  • Your article was great! Love all the marks. Ther are so many possibilities and even colors you wouldn’t think go together look lovely. I do have a question, how do yo get your marling to look so even. Sometimes , really, a lot of times, I have a bit of pooling of one color when I have two colors together? Do you have any special technique to get them even?

  • One of my favorite wedding favors from years ago was a mixed tape of favorites from the bride and groom! Must get that digitized somehow!

  • Getting lost in swatching..now that’s a new one!!
    I love the way you show us possibilities and always in awe of your fiber knowledge.
    I love R&B also…don’t forget Ruthie Foster and Bettye LaVette for your music pleasure.

  • “… some days I need to mutter about getting off my lawn while I fix my unspooled mix tape with a pencil.” -had me laughing out loud. Thanks! And don’t get me started about “dickie” versus “swarf”

  • I love my box of minikins. A hat would be a good project for some color work.

  • Felted tweed and minikins- gorgeous! Not to mention the nostalgia of the mixtape. How my college friends and I loved to make and exchange them. Being able to mix Etta with the Clash and Prince and Springsteen… our purpose was to always throw in something completely unknown to the recipient, maybe a very old French song – ah, the good old days of the 1980s.

    • Agreed! Every body needs to knit some Marled legwarmers and dance in them!!!

  • Ooh la la! Love these and I’m inspired!
    Keep the mix tapes going. My favorite mix tape from my past – Assorted Rowdiness.
    Thank you!

  • I’m not a fan at all of marls, but you grabbed my attention with The Pogues.
    You got taste girl, I’ll consider your marl muses a little deeper.

    • What you said!

      • Yep, ditto. Relieved.

    • You’re in good company, me too! Jillian has inspired again!

  • ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS

  • You mentioned that you would “account for that” difference in gauge of yarns, can you tell us how? Also I’m curious about your opinion on mixing SW and non SW in the same knitted project, what do you think Jillian? Thanks so much for all of your informative posts!

  • Marling with gradient yarns is such fun, and helps keep my interest. I love the results of a lot of mindless knitting patterns but don’t love the process as much as a complex pattern, but using gradients helps me keep going to get to the next color.

    I had been wishing for years that Freia yarns had a true sock yarn. Now I wonder if marling a merino lace with a high-nylon sock yarn might not get me what I want…

    • I wouldn’t if I were you. Softly spun merino will not last two wearings stuffed in a shoe and walked on. Ask me how I know….
      But some of that stripy Uneek yarn might look cool marled in a sock!

  • oh this is all so exciting. thanks

  • I, too, would love some info about needle sizes and gauges for the Minikin combo marl and Minikin/Felted Tweed marl. I see a blanket in my future!

  • I loved everything about this article… and we had the same mix tapes!

  • have made marls or mixed yarns for donkey’s years… i like knitting socks and often add a laceweight mohair to a sock yarn. it enables me to use #2 or #3 dpn for quicker results, and is a fun strengthener and color blender.

  • Thank you again for color inspiration. I always enjoy your articles here at MDK and will be experimenting with Minikins soon! (and mixtapes were wonderful during my college days in the 80’s)