Hello, Turnstile Wrap!
Early in the process of creating Field Guide No. 24: Spark, we talked with Olga Buraya-Kefelian about the design ideas she was mulling, and this wrap was a particularly hot topic.
The Turnstile Wrap. It’s so cool. Click through the gallery up top, and you’ll see what I mean.
At one point, Olga sent a video in which she demonstrated the many ways her Turnstile Wrap can be worn. I think it was at that moment that Kay and I realized that Olga really and truly is a genius.
Olga engineered little flaps that fasten to the edge in a sculptural way to create armholes. It’s so much more than a simple wrap. Yet Olga understands what makes for fun, so the Turnstile Wrap hits that sweet spot of fascinating and meditative.
Prepare Ye for the Knitalong
We’re so keen on this design that we’re launching a knitalong for it, beginning on Monday, June 19. We heartily encourage you to join us, because there are clever bits in this design to sort out, as well as easy swaths of eyelets that make this a superb summer project.
And prizes? Oh yes, there will be prizes. Read on!
How to Get in on This Knitalong
The yarn: Neighborhood Fiber Co. Organic Studio DK. Olga chose this merino yarn for its drape, and also because Karida Collins’s subtle-shifting, saturated color is perfect for a wrap like this. See what I mean?
We were thrilled at this choice, because a) we love Karida and b) we got to pick a brand-new palette of hand-dyed colors that suit this project. Be sure to order now if you’re loving a particular color; we have a limited supply.
(Of course, feel free to use your own yarn for this—our knitalongs welcome everybody no matter what yarn you’re using.)
(Also: Field Guide subscribers, this is a prime moment to use your 10%-off coupon code that we’re emailing to you this morning, June 5. Watch for it!)
Dates: Kickoff on Monday, June 19. Finish date is Friday, August 18—technically. We’ll be awarding prizes at that point. As ever, we’re not sticklers for a finish date; just enjoy the ride however long you’re on it.
Conversation: We’ll be sharing and caring our way through this project together in the MDK Lounge, our online forum that is filled with knitters who tend to be extremely kind and generous. The Turnstile Wrap Knitalong conversation is happening right here. If you’ve never tried a knitalong with us, this is going to be a great one.
Prizes: Three random winners will receive bounteous cornucopias of beloved MDK yarns. To be eligible for a prize, post a photo of your Turnstile Wrap, either in progress or finished, on Instagram or in the MDK Lounge, using the hashtags #MDKturnstile and #MyMDK. Winners will be announced on Friday, August 18 and will be contacted via email.
I’m looking forward to finishing this right as the season changes and I’m ready for an easy layering piece. Join us for this knitalong and we can all experiment with ways to wear Olga’s Turnstile Wrap!