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Dear everybody in search of some quick wacky fun,

Sometimes a project just grabs you by the ears and demands to be knitted, in quantity, by a lot of folks at the same time.

That project, you ask? Swarf, a beautiful quick design by Cecelia Campochiaro from Field Guide No. 19: Marls.

Early reports on Swarf are very strong, so we’re declaring a flash knitalong (even as we are deep into the comprehensive Marlalong for Cecelia’s marling projects). Come on! This is such a winner.


Here’s the situation.

Next Friday, January 14, Swarfalong begins. End date is January 28. All yarns are welcome, as always, and we’ll be sharing and caring over in the Marlalong conversation in the Lounge.

Brand-new Bundles

To encourage you to jump in, today we’re launching new Swarf bundles.

We’ve cooked up four brand-new bundles of Woolfolk Tynd, the yarn of our dreams, the merino that feels like cashmere. You’ll save 10% off the single-skein price when you order this five-skein set.

Colorway Elizabeth. Pale neutrals, as subtle as it gets. Elizabeth showed everybody this stunner in the MDK Lounge and we had to name this colorway for her. Thanks, Elizabeth!


Colorway Kay. Tasteful yet exciting. Coordinates with drapey, indigo-colored garments. Are these colors? Or moods?


Colorway Ann. A deep forest as rendered by five skeins of Tynd yarn. Mossy. Sylvan. To be worn while reading The Overstory or some poem about ferns.


Colorway Original. The one shown in Field Guide No. 19: Marls. Lush. Tantalizing. So 2022.


Included in these Swarf bundles is the magnificent enamel pin that pretty much says it all.

Winter is here. Time to bundle up. We hope you’ll come Swarfing with us.


Ann and Kay


  • Sunday night I cast on a Swarf … I may be done with it by the 14th, so I guess I’m having a Flash Marlalong of my own? 🙂 I confess, though, I dislike the word “Swarf.” Mine is hereby a “Scarter.” (That might not be much better. I’ll work on it.)

    • I’m so glad Scarter is sparking some joy!

    • I like “Scarter”. There is a very satisfying feeling when pronouncing the word. However, I would have to be careful about using it in the presence of my Greek relatives, as it sounds very close to a Greek “term” which has a whole different meaning!

    • I love Scarter! Kinda hip, kinda wow: Scarter!

      • I agree!

  • I think I need colorway K-Ann, indigo garments while reading the Overstory and poems about water.

  • Well yes I have agree about the name swarf…kinda a cross between Smurf and barf

  • Tynd on sale? I’m in!

  • yahooey! I stashed two color ways for this last week — ready to roll! Turdickin — turtleneck dickie….uh plus an n. 🙂

    • “Turdicken” is brilliant. A timely nod to the season (football watching) and our recent loss of John Madden, who always had to explain what a turducken was.

  • I wanted to knit the Swarf but haven’t had the time yet.I am still knitting Christmas gifts which now were called New Year’s gifts. I will definitely join Flash Marlalong as I will be able to learn from people’s chat in the lounge. This is a great opportunity and I look forward to it.

  • Elizabeth picked my colors – I love the warm & cool & muted light!

  • Im sold on color way Ann. I’m not a green person but this speaks to me on so many levels. I’m thinking bout my order…

  • I predicted the year of the dickie in October, 2021. I noticed comments on IG, I saw a couple at H&M while shopping for slightly warmer wear for Seattle (who knew it would be genuinely cold??), and it’s been an ongoing joke with my LYS Scratch Supply Co. So now I guess I must make one. Life is hard. 🙂

  • I’ve already made one and I’m planning a second one, with modifications because this is going under cycling clothes. It needs to be a lot shorter in the front (like eliminate 64 rows shorter) and I prefer a ribbed collar to go more tightly around my neck and keep the drafts out..

  • Will this dickie fit men?

  • Didn’t think I wanted a swarf, then I was “suiting up” to feed livestock in single digit temperatures this morning, wishing I had something to keep me warmer. With a flock of sheep and 4 spinning wheels I don’t need any yarn, but I’m in for the kal!

  • I want to Swarf, but the Original colorway seems to be sold out. Any hope?

  • Can I buy just theDickie pin?

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