Knitter on the Verge

By Kay Gardiner
December 15, 2022
From Cuatro Wraps to Albers Shawls—the MDK Holiday Shop has treat-yourself knits.

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  • You just had to put a link to Ann Wood’s free pattern page i there, didn’t you? DIDN’T YOU?

    Good luck with the knit-a-thon!

    • ME TOO! I was all over that link!

    • ME TOO! I think the Very Nice Mice are in my future!

      • Have a look at the Lalu scarf on ravelry to use up all the scraps from projects you’ve made this year.
        It’s free

  • Scroll down the free pattern page.
    Snowflakes. They look like crystal, are made out of waxed paper.
    Instant decorations! Faster than a bulky knit hat!
    I need a garland.

  • Love Ann Wood’s blog!

    • Adore Ann Wood. Currently stitching the Dastardly Owl. So much fun.

      • I think he’s more disgruntled than dastardly, love him to bits.

  • Thank you for sharing the delightful Ann Wood! Such coziness. Balm for the creative soul.

  • That Ann Wood. She just does The Charming and Whimsical SO GOOD. Knit like the wind. 🙂

  • The little wood burning stoves! The apple cores!
    And your knitting looks lovely too….

  • I just went to the rabbit hole that is Ann Wood’s website – now I know why I’ve been saving fabric scraps. Such cuteness!

  • Anne, the colors of your Cuatro wrap are SPECTACULAR. I have to knit this!

    • This is Kay’s letter! and I LOVE your Cuatro also, fab. You crack me up, delightful letters.

    • Here’s a secret, and it’s the God’s honest truth: any four (or up to 8) colors of Tov DK will make a stunner version of the Cuatro Wrap. The Woolfolks designed such a great palette. The pattern calls for 2 skeins each of 4 colors, but I 2 skeins each of 2 colors and then 4 other colors, and it’s all working out just fab.

  • Oh! I am so happy to have found Ann Wood’s blog and patterns. Another place to waste time, that I do not have, finding crafts to make.

  • Never knew about Ann Wood! I immediately was taken with all the wonderful things she has to offer! Thank you Kay for leading me down that rabbit hole!!!!

    • Sometimes just looking at a Dastardly Owl can turn your whole day around.

      • Christmas deadline question: now Covid positive but involved with knitting two stockings and another gift. Do I have to delay gifting and for how long. Would freezing items help?

        • @Liz – COVID has been proven to be airborne and therefore you don’t need to be concerned about handling items and gifting them. In being cautious, you might choose to mask while knitting, but even if you don’t, COVID can’t live on a surface very long. It would be recommended that you not meet with people while COVID positive and to only interact with others after you test negative.
          Check out your state’s COVID page (should be a .gov address) for details.
          Hope that helps.

  • That blue and black cuatro has me hooked to make one. You may need to list which colors I need to buy. It would go great with some of Saint Eileen’s new blue offerings.

  • What a coincidence! Got together with knitter friends yesterday and one of them was making a Sophie Scarf for her granddaughter named Sophie. And today Kay is talking about it in her column! Thank you for including the link to buy the pattern. This may jump the line to be made before Christmas.

  • The Ann Wood miniatures… too sweet for a maker’s heart to bear! Just the rabbit hole I need in the last hectic days before Christmas.

  • I loved making Ann’s chicken ornaments last year (or was it the year before??)!! I’m making a smaller version of her happy cats for ornaments this year. They are so cute.

  • I am embarking on my very first Sophie Scarf and I am only two repeats in and I have stalled BECAUSE my brain is telling me that THIS WILL NOT WORK. I know we are supposed to TRUST the pattern but can you guys help me over this hump and assure me that doing only one…just one singular increase every 8 rows will in fact make a slowly widening triangle??? With Christmas in eyesight, I do not have time to waste on frogging and starting over. Assurances needed please.

    • It works! There is one straight edge (no increases) and one increasing (and later, decreasing) edge.

      • Furious knitting ensues with immense clacking of needles and mumbled counting.

  • The Milk andHoney cardigan is my favorite!

  • Oh, thank you, Kay !! I am loving the link to Ann Wood Handmade. My daughter in law is an entomologist and just bought a new jeep in “butterfly butt yellow” as she calls it ! I think she needs a picnic bug for the Jeep. Perfect. I’m stitching ……