Atlas Insider: The Mysteries of Knitting
We have a new warehouse denizen at Atlas Drive! And this time, it is not a bird (maybe we’ll explain this later). His name is Nathan and he is settling in just great.
One of the questions we always ask ourselves when looking for a new person for Atlas citizenship is “Can he or she knit, yes or no?”
We can’t quite decide which is the better answer: someone who doesn’t knit at all would probably be very, very good at filling orders, since the goal is to simply read the packing slip, find the yarn that matches up with it and then move on with zero percent lollygagging. Whereas a knitter will read the packing slip, find the yarn and then oooooohhh and aaaaaaahhh over it for half an hour, pat it (sorry, y’all—we do) and think of a bunch of things to make with it. Which type is the better hire is a question that is unanswerable.
Other questions arise whenever there’s a new person in the warehouse. “How does the espresso machine work?” “What time does the paletas stand around the corner open?” “Has anyone ever actually SEEN Kay?”
And of course, “What does DK stand for?” That is one of the great Mysteries of Knitting (a 437-part series coming soon to a very exclusive streaming service).
The other yarn weight designations make perfect sense: lace is lacy, chunky is chunky, and fingering of course bears a striking resemblance to long skinny fingerling potatoes that are ideal for a salade Niçoise.
But DK? No one knows.* Man- and womankind have conjectured for centuries, to no avail. I mean, sure, there have been guesses.
People have thrown runes, dunked sticks in water and read the ripples, followed the predictive trails of eclipses and comets across the sky, had a few extra cups of tea just to read the leaves. Even alectryomancy has been applied (it’s a real thing and it involves chickens and it is nuts), but no, no one knows what DK stands for.
Perhaps “DK” stands for “DON’T KNOW.” It makes as much sense as other popular guesses.
And so it remains a mystery, never to be solved. You’re welcome!
A Question . . .
Are there any Mysteries of Knitting questions you might like addressed? We’re happy to take suggestions and research the answers as thoroughly and exhaustively as we have with this one—just let us know in the comments!
. . . and a Giveaway
In the interest of getting you to think about unsolved knitting mysteries, here’s a little giveaway.
The prize? DK weight yarn, of course, fresh from MDK World Headquarters, lovingly packed up by Nathan (who does knit).
How to enter? Two steps:
Step 1: Sign up for our weekly newsletter, Snippets, right here. If you’re already subscribed, you’re set.
Step 2: Leave a comment below with a mysterious knitting question. What have you always wondered about?
Deadline for entries: Sunday, May 16, 11:59 PM Central time. We’ll draw a random winner from the entries. Winner will be notified by email.
Oh, and welcome, Nathan! If you think this all seems perfectly ordinary, you’re gonna fit right in.