Not gonna lie. I’m marling all the time. I’m sad when I’m not marling, and I’m happy when I am. I’ve got three projects on the go and two more to come any minute now!
It’s been a week with a lot of scheming, dreaming, microswatching, whopperswatching, and feverish knitting.
I still don’t really have the hang of exactly what a batch of marls will look like. The colors I chose represent colors I typically don’t go for, as part of my continuing effort to Try New Colors.
So: dark gray, brown, gold, mint, lavender. Or, in the land of Isager Tvinni, these colors are 4s, 8s, 22s, 46s, and 12s. The one thing I knew about marling was that the five colors here were about to go on a magnificent journey of transformation. Who knew what would happen?
We just started carrying this Isager Tvinni yarn in the Shop. I must have some Danish DNA, given how deeply moved I am by this yarn. I LOVE YOU, TVINNI. ARE WE COUSINS? The pride of Denmark, Marianne Isager’s yarns have long been on my bucket list. Finally! We carry this swell yarn in 20 colors.
It took me forever to arrive at these five colors. (Here they’re hanging out in one of my old Bento Bags. We have new fresh Bento Bags in gray ticking and three solids in the Shop.)
Tvinni is crispy, light, and, in the five colors I chose, heathered. When held double, it becomes a DK-weight fabric that is light and wearable.
Marling changes everything when it comes to color. My first experiment was to make a batch of Cecelia’s microswatches. Four-row snack sizers to get a glimpse of what happens with various combinations.
Such moments of surprise—that gold that seems so loud softens and quiets down when marled with another color.
I made a big swatch. An exercise like this gives you a view of what will happen on a larger scale. It’s a sort of pixelation. What looks like a mess up close resolves into a color when seen at a distance.
I massively and totally fell for one particular combination, CM: seafoam minty fluffy green with a rich and noisy gold. I don’t know what it reminds me of, but I LOVE IT.
Knitting Like a Fool
To be clear, this is the Back Left. Here is a view of the orientation that I knitted this quarter of the sweater. Cast-on edge is at bottom.
I worked upward to the cuff. Next up: I’ll pick up along that center seam and make the second half of the back.
I’m freestyling my marling at this point—I ditched the stripes on the sleeve because I was so loving CM, my beloved combination. And I added 6 inches to the sleeve length.
What will happen next? I’m staying up late to find out.
I hope everybody’s having fun with all this marling business.