Ah, December. We’re coming up on the winter solstice, where many magnificent crafty ambitions come crashing together in the perpetual dusk of the year’s shortest days. I’m racing against the light, and the calendar.
I’m having a fabulous time; deadlines enhance the excitement for me. But in truth there’s also a reckoning, and a bit of frazzle, in my high-endorphin world of Making Stuff. The tension is so palpable you could cut it with exquisitely crafted scissors from Italy.
Today I’m just going to talk about the knitting. The knitting is Enough.
In the MDK Shop
At a Glance: The Kay Queue
Here we see my deadline knitting, a serene still life that covers a multitude of hunched-over nighttime TV watching. (Have I watched both the 1992 movie and 2017 TV series of Howards End, multiple times, and at a shocking time of the morning? You know the answer. At this point, the two productions are a delightful blur of bluebells and pigeon-breasted Edwardian bodices.)
From left to right, reporting for duty: my temperature blanket, shown here at the November 7 mark, still on target to finish by year end; three of five (!) intended Sophie Scarves, which have increased odds of reaching their quota because the temperature blanket is no longer suitable for moving from one room to another, let alone knitting on the train; and then we have my Cuatro Wrap, more than three-quarters of its way to the finish line.
The Cuatro Wrap (by Joji Locatelli, in MDK Field Guide No. 22: Grace) is a complete pleasure to knit—memorizable yet entertaining. But I somehow stalled in the home stretch, at the beginning of the fourth triangle. I have no regrets, because I want to finish the temperature blanket and the Sophie sisters, all of which have hard deadlines. But a project that languishes for any reason is always, always at risk of abandonment, no matter how fun it is to knit. So I’m pushing through, and now that I’m back on it, I’m in love all over again. (Find the details about my colors, etc., in this post.)
Not for nothing, but multiple Sophie Scarves are fun to photograph. Shown here in Atlas, in shades Navy, Wintergreen, and Seaglass. (More Seaglass, Lapis, and Truffle will be in stock as soon as possible in 2023.)
In Case That Doesn’t Sound Like Enough
Not included in this stock-taking: my annual Ann Wood ornament manufacturing operation. More about that later, after the people in my life who want these wee things, but may not know they want these wee things, receive these wee things. But if you’re feeling at all like stitching up a batch of seasonal baubles that have heart and simplicity, Ann Wood is your gal. Her free pattern page is chicken soup for the stitcher’s soul, a beautiful gift to makers. Not telling which one I’m making this year! (Last year was a forest of Woebegone Pines.)
And now, this elf goes back to my workbench.