Atlas Insider: It Never Gets Old
In mid November, I was in Nashville for our glorious Arne & Carlos weekend at MDK World Headquarters.
I had dragged my now-very-large Temperature Blanket-in-progress on the plane with me, because I am absolutely going to finish it by the end of the year. As the chief instigator of the 2022 MDK Temperature Challenge, how could I not?
I was getting down to the nubs of a couple of my summer colors—Barbara and Zinnia, if you must know—and I’m nothing if not frugal (OK—in some things). So I asked Ashley if we had any not-for-sale loose balls of Felted Tweed in the house, so that I wouldn’t have to take my skeins from the inventory of a small business that is trying to make its way in the world.
Friends. Ashley has a bin for that. She directed me to the shelves in her lair that have tidy bins of beautiful yarns that are not in inventory for various reasons: lack of labels, sample yarns, and leftovers from workshops, to name a few of the reasons a ball of perfectly delicious yarn might find itself in Ashley’s bins.
Still life with Yarn, Bins, and a Revolution Tray
You might think that a person who has access to a warehouse full of yarn to meet all her legitimate knitting needs would be unmoved by a few bins of the stuff to paw through, but you would be wrong. So wrong.
I dived in and spent one of the happiest half hours of my life, blissfully rummaging. I came up with so many balls and partial balls of Felted Tweed that I felt they should have their own bin, and I briefly considered expanding my temperature blanket shade card. But there were also other fun things: from Freia Minikins and Shawl Balls without their bakery boxes, to sample-knitting skeins of Big Wool and Woolfolk Tynd.
I’m sure that candy shop owners probably go through their kids’ Halloween hauls with as much greedy excitement as the next person. When you love something, you love it.
The prize? A surprise package of fine yarns from Ashley’s Bins, selected by Ashley herself.
How to enter?
Step 1: Sign up for our weekly newsletter, Snippets, right here. If you’re already subscribed, you’re set. We have a new option for texting, so if you’d like an occasional text from MDK, click on that link to sign up—and you’ll get a coupon code good for 10% off your next MDK order.
Step 2: What is the yarn or other thing you would most like to find in a happy half hour of rummaging? Let us know in the comments.
Deadline for entries: Sunday, December 11, 11:59 PM Central time. We’ll draw a random winner from the entries. Winner will be notified by email.