Nubbins of Comfort and Joy

By Kay Gardiner
December 2, 2021

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  • We need that ‘how to save’ reminder attached to this column so we can find it as needed to explain knitting physics to the uninitiated. 😉

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  • Law of Conservation of (Knitting) Matter- actually chem….

  • I am curious to see the finished cowl. The pictures look like a shawl to me.

  • I’ve been trying very hard to use up a whole lot of fingering yarn leftover from other projects. And it’s marling! I’m making bias knit shawls and using odd combinations that look pretty good together. I do try to make sure the combos are made of yarns that can be washed together with the same technique.

    Choosing the colorways can be nerve-wracking, but fun when they look good.

  • Kay, this letter is another gem. You and Ann should publish a book of letters in your spare time next year!

  • These are all just stunning. I swore I wasn’t gonna ask for yarn for Christmas, but DANG. Wowz.

  • In my dreams, I get to go to MDK headquarters and pick out bundles of yarn for marling! Bundles and bundles! Since it’s a dream, the yarn is also free! Dream big!

  • Can I do the marble gram cowl or scarf with regular Freia and not the lace weight?

    • I just cast one on with a Yarn Bomb and a box of Minikins–stay tuned. I think I cast on too many stitches so I’m going to phone a friend (Cristina) (Nell) and let you all know when I’ve got it worked out. It’s going to be a squishtastic wash of color!

      • Can’t wait to see that!

  • I’m sure I heard Neil deGrasse Tyson just talking about this in a recent chat with Anderson Cooper. Hilarious but true! I decided to put a dent in my super wash stash by knitting/marling a blanket for one of the kids, its endless and the bag o’yarn is not shrinking, what the ?!

    • Yarn is seeping in from another dimension.

  • I remember when I made my first marlogram cowl the nubbins never seemed to diminish – but I love the finished marlogram (I used Vintage and Dusk) and have yarn for two more. I’m making a enormous marled scarf for my husband (Tynd in black and a light grey) ( just knit 2 purl 2 ribbing) which is so soft but is taking forever. Once that’s done I plan to start another marlogram, swatch for a cabled sweater, and look at the color throw kits again.

  • Knitting faster….that cracked me up because it’s familiar to probably most knitters.
    It’s like driving faster when your tank is on E. Somehow, it’ll all work out if you drive faster.

  • I am drawing a line in the sand and will not – do you hear me I said NOT – buy the yarn for this until after the new year. I have too many Christmas presents and birthday presents that have to be bought and I have absolutely no business buying myself anything right now. Which translates into I will spend the next month obsessing on colors. I’m leaning toward Orchid and Coho or Dahlia and South Beach.

  • Thank you Kay! laughed and laughed. I read the whole article aloud to my non-knitting husband, showed him all the photos, then showed him all the shades of the Freia yarns… What a marvellous way to start Thursday.

  • Hi Kay, I think when you’re referring to the physics of nubbins you’re treading in the dimensions of string physics. Hahaha! Yes, I was a physics major in college.

  • Enter into physics things and find actual magic! Beauties.

  • Fun read! Thanks!

    • Yeah, it actually made me think I was being curmudgeonly by worrying about the price of the fun yarn. Life is to enjoy, Dad said. Surely he was thinking about yarn?

  • I thought it was only me! I always laugh at myself for speeding up when I near the end of the yarn so I can hurry up and finish before the yarn runs out!

  • Looking forward to knitting mine soon! Although I just started my Workshop-Picked-Colors Explosion throw, after finishing my Swarf. I was tempted by the hat next, since before the end of Swarfie I was oh my swooning over Tynd. Every one of this field guide’s projects are delightful. Cecelia is a genius!

    • I just cast on my first hat today and I know what you mean about Tynd…..I want it around my neck!

  • Hahaha, I always do the knitting faster thing, and I often weigh the nubbins to calculate how many more rows they’ll last, and then I still run out halfway through the cast off. This really made me chuckle today. Thanks Kay 😀

  • This is probably more psychology than physics, but you did get a lot of physics words in there. 😉

  • I loved this, and had to read bits of it to my engineer husband. He thinks this might be quantum knitting, not classical Newtonian knitting. Whatever, we know it works!

  • Love this. You inspired me. Need to get back to my marlogram cowl. Got sidetracked with sweater knitting. While I usually say, never too many WIPs, right now I am determined to complete a few before anything else gets cast on.