A Race to 2024
Old dogs love their old tricks. One of my favorite things to do is to start a project for a vacation, and knit like heck to see if I can finish it during that vacation. It has to be a special project, a memorable one—because it will always be a souvenir of a specific place, time, and mood.
This project definitely qualifies. It’s Dee Hardwicke’s Blossom Stripe Shawl. I loved it from the moment Dee first shared her sketch with us. It’s perfect vacation knitting, with long, relaxing rows of plain stripes and predictable decreases. Just one moment of showing off: the blossom-bedecked stripe in stranded colorwork, worked flat.
To paraphrase Ann Shayne, I can do anything for 20 rows. This will be a plate of cookies.
A couple of weeks ago, as I was scrambling out of MDK World Headquarters to catch a flight home, you grabbed four colors of Atlas for me: Pear, Cedar, Natural, and Navy. That makes it special too. In part because I think it means that you will gladly adopt the finished product; this piece will vibe with Ann’s Closet (and that yellow Stasher Tote) suspiciously well. Not that I’m planning to give it away! But I might be persuaded to lend it.
Here’s where my progress stood as Team MDK headed for the exits last Friday.
I was finishing up Stripe Pattern A, about to jump into the charted colorwork stripe.
I paused to consider whether to knit the colorwork in Cedar and Natural as prescribed, or Navy and Natural. I hadn’t thought this through when assigning letters to my colors, but I have enough to do it either way.
I don’t know why I’m being mysterious: you know I’m going with Navy and Natural despite a little awkwardness due to the last stripe of Stripe Pattern A being in Navy. I’ll figure that out!
I’m leaving a space here to show where my progress stands on December 28:
Status: 12 rows into the 22 row Blossom Stripe chart. If that seems like slow progress, it is. Baby’s first case of Covid landed this week, and it took away taste, smell, and drive to knit. I’m doing great otherwise!
OK, back to knittin’ and nappin’!