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Get your knitting project bag and click on the video above for our visit with the innovative and brilliant designer for Field Guide No. 24: Spark.

Ann and I asked every version of “HOW did you think of that?” for insight into the mind and needles of Olga Buraya-Kefelian.

We think you’ll find this hour of conversation as delightful and inspiring as we did.

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Step 2: Tell us which Field Guide No. 24 design is on your needles or in your queue!

Deadline for entries: Sunday, June 18, 11:59 PM Central time. We’ll draw a random winner from the entries. Winner will be notified by email.

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All the projects and yarns you’ll need for Field Guide No. 24 designs, with shopping cart links for easy shopping. Just click the arrow to view!

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296 Comments

  • I like the Turnstile Wrap – so versatile!!!

    • Turnstile wrap! I met Olga last nite @ Fibre Space in Alex VA, and tried it it on She was so generous with her time and guidance!

    • Penrose tote!

    • What a great video. So nice to be with you this morning. I am in leaning toward the Paragon Popover and the Turnstile Wrap has me intrigued.

      Now I need to figure out how to track down these incredible yarns in .

      • In Canada. Seems the little emoji didn’t come through in my post.

    • My favourite is the Turnstile wrap!

      • I really like the Turnstile Wrap – look forward to making my own 🙂

    • Tendril is calling to me. Now I need to find the sparkly white Christmas yarn i put away in January….

      • Penrose tote! Who doesn’t love a new knitting/market bag!!!

        • Tendril necklace. I want to experiment with yarns and with adding beads.

        • At last a two skein KSH pattern that I like!

      • Penrose tote

      • The Penrose tote looks like a great gift knit. I’m planning on trying that pattern.

        • The Turnstile Wrap is next project on my needles. when I finish my cowl from Olga’s workshop . Wonderful weekend, thanks to all the folks at MDK!

        • The Penrose Tote looks like a great Summer project!

    • The amazing stylishness of the Tendril! On the needles, soon to be around the neck!

  • The tendril necklace is on my needles at the moment. I want to experiment with different weights and fibers, So, I think there will be a necklace on my needles through the summer!
    The Popover top and the small Penrose Tote are in my queue.

  • The large Penrose Tote is on my needles… such a fun pattern!

    • The tendril necklace is on my needles. Small tote next!

    • I like the Penrose tote. And I’m thinking the turnstile wrap would also be fun to make. And I envision trying the diamonds of the popover just to see what I can make. It has me thinking outside the regular (project )box!

  • The Tendril Necklace! It looks great on Kay in the picture!

  • Penrose tote is in my queue. Turnstile wrap too! Missed the Zoom call, but am glad I can still see it via the recording.

  • Popover is next on queue!
    Maybe Tendril Necklace, too…

  • Turnstile wrap

  • I am really looking forward to knitting the Turnstile Wrap!! Love, love the texture and versatility

  • Turnstile Wrap and the Tendril Necklace are both in the plan…after I complete two summer weight sweaters currently in the works.

  • I’ve already finished my Fortune Teller Cuff and am working on the Tendril Necklace right now.

  • The turnstile wrap caught my eye immediately.

  • The small Penrose tote is about halfway done in the yellow version and I can’t wait to put it in action!

  • My yarn is on the way for the small bag. Yay!!!

    • The Paragon pop over is still intriguing me.

  • The Turnstile Wrap is in my queue.

  • Tendril and Penrose tote are in my plans for holiday gifting! Maybe in some beaded fashion or with sparkly yarn. Now I am inspired, too!

  • The Paragon Popover is definitely a must knit. Perfect for trips!

  • The turnstile wrap for sure.

  • The Penrose tote is in my queue!

  • I can’t stop thinking about the Turnstile wrap! I have a SQ of yarn I’m considering using.

    • Turnstile wrap

  • Penrose tote is for sure into my queue, and Turnstile Wrap might be an option for gifting to either Mother-in-law or sister-in-law…

  • I’ve just started the Tendril necklace

  • I have my eye on the Penrose Tote.

  • The scarf looks really appealing! Especially with free yarn! 🙂

    • Free Yarn? What’s that??

  • Just finished the Tendril Necklace and planning to make others.

  • My 5th tendril necklace is on my needles. Next, the small tote and cuff.

  • The turnstyle wrap. Maybe marled?

  • Tendril necklace is on my needles now.

  • The tendril necklace is in my queue!

  • Nothing yet, but working on it!

  • Tendril! Just the right structure for a necklace

  • I’m getting ready for the Turnstile Wrap knitalong!

  • The Turnstile Wrap. It will make a great prayer shawl

    • It’s so hard to choose…but the Turnstile Wrap needs to be in my queue.

  • I like the bag. Can never have enough bags.

  • Paragon Popover is on my list to knit for the Fall!

  • Turnstile wrap, such an interesting design!

  • The tendril necklace is calling my name.

  • The large Penrose Tote is in my queue, good project to put your knitting in for on the go.

  • The turnstile wrap is in my queue. I like that it has armholes so that, even though it’s a wrap, I don’t have to hold onto it every second.

  • I will try them all starting with the tendril necklace. Love them all!

  • Fortune teller cuff or a few

  • I can’t wait to start the paragon popover! And the tendril necklace (I’ve ordered the yarn in 3 colors).

  • The Paragon Popover

  • Tendril. Original.

  • The Tendril necklace is calling my name first. Then the Penrose tote. I haven’t decided on a size yet.

  • The Paragon Pullover is a Definite Must Knit and ready to jump onto my needles❤️❤️❤️

  • Love the Tendril Necklace. So great with a denim shirt or jacket. I’m thinking in pink or turquoise. But almost anything, right? Have printed out the pattern to study it while working on my current – urgent – project. Can’t wait to wear it soon! Chloe

  • Turnstile wrap and Penrose bag

  • Penrose Tote is in my queue. Love the texture and closure.

  • The Penrose tote.

  • The Turnstile Wrap looks like something I want to knit!

  • Love that Turnstyle!

  • The Penrose Tote, love all the totes!

  • I love the Penrose tote

  • I’m traveling, driving across Colorado, but the yarn for the turnstile wrap is waiting for me at home, and not even 100-degree weather will dissuade me from casting on immediately!!!

  • Oh, that bracelet! The Fortuneteller Cuff.

  • The tote keeps drawing my eye. Knitting my own project bags…

  • I get way too hot if I wear a sweater, so I rely on cardis, shawls and ponchos for on/off temperature control and a dash of style. I can.not.wait. to cast on the Tendril and Popover!

  • I can’t stop looking at the Paragon Popover—even though I cannot imagine wearing it myself. It’s so beautifully exuberant!

  • So glad I was on the Zoom call. Fun City! I am definitely starting with the Tendrill (making at least two) and then going for the Turnstile just because it’s so cool.

  • The Turnstyle Wrap will be on my needles, joining in on the KAL. It is going to be exciting

  • The mdk project on my needles is the cushiest cowl from the Brioche Field Guide

  • Definitely the Penrose Tote.

  • i have both the penrose tote and the paragon popover in my queue… so far.

  • The tendril necklace

  • The tendril necklace as a Christmas gift for a friend and then the large Penrose tote for myself.

  • Just talking about Rowan Kid Silk Haze with knitting friends yesterday. So versatile, colorful and light to wear.

  • Turnstile in my queue!

  • my second tendril!

  • I really want to make the tendril necklace for one of my adult daughters! and for a good friend—so I see myself making a few of those for gifts….so cool looking !

  • Definitely the Tendril Necklace!

  • The small Penrose Tote

  • I’d like to try the Penrose tote!

  • Penrose Tote is underway – Turnstile Wrap next!!

  • Starting the Penrose tote. The designs are so cute!

  • penrose tote

  • I want to try the tendril necklace. But the turnstile wrap is interesting too

  • Just finished the Tendril necklace in time to wear to Knit in Public event in my town. Next up, either the bag or the Turnstile Wrap!

  • The tendril necklace

  • The knitted jewelry for sure! Necklace and cuff. Love all of Olga’s incredibly original work.

  • On my first perusal of the booklet the Turnstile Wrap was a must knit followed by the Penrose Tote in both sizes.

  • The turnstile wrap.

  • Turnstile

  • Penrose tote looks so fun and useful!

  • Paragon Popover…..body jewelry

  • The popover is really interesting.

  • I am working on the cuff on the way to a mission trip. When I get home the yarn for the turnstile wrap is ready to go.

  • I couldn’t resist starting the Tendril Necklace. I love to wear this stylish adornment.

  • Thank you! This was a fantastic interview! Olga is an amazing designer and it’s so helpful to hear her describe the process of creating these architectural wonders.
    I started the necklace while watching the video and I’m thinking about all the different versions that can be made from this fun pattern.

  • Well, I just purchased the cuff and tote bundle last night, so that’s what’s next for me. I’m also very curious about the Paragon Popover, but I’m not quite there yet in terms of placing it in my queue.

  • Large Penrose Tote for me!

    • Fortune teller cuff…out of curiosity and then a popover!

  • I’m planning on making the popover and the necklace. They are both so unusual, and interesting.

  • I like the Penrose Tote!

  • I really like the way the Penrose tote pattern reflects light with the pattern.

  • I just wound the yarn for a Tendril necklace. As I knit it I’ll be fantasizing about adding beads, not that it needs them. Next up is Fortune Teller Cuff. My grandkids recently learned how to make the paper fortune tellers. They’re out of town right now. I’m hoping to be wearing the cuff the next time I see them, and carrying my knitting in a Penrose Tote.

  • I love the little bag

  • Upon checking, Rowan’s Creative Linen is no longer available in that beautiful Phlox color, which is why you don’t offer it. Yarn companies can be very frustrating,

  • Turnstile Wrap is so intriguing to me, I need to give it a try

  • The Penrose Tote working on the smaller version which I hope to use as an evening bag.

  • An evening tote

  • I have a few cones of steel yarn from a previous project, so I am casting on the Fortune Teller’s Cuff

    • I am Karen Schneider too! You comment threw me for a loop for a second because I didn’t remember leaving it.

  • Popover, in a gradient yarn, is in my queue.

  • I love the turnstile wrap but the large tote is on my needles.

  • Fortune Teller Cuff for sure

  • The Penrose totes are in my queue, because totes are my love language.

  • The Penrose Tote and the Tendril Necklace!

  • Penrose tote. Great for gift giving

  • I started the small Penrose tote this morning. I made a swatch with the pattern so I’m on my way!

  • The Penrose Tote is in my queue, but I also want the Turnstile wrap.

  • Tendril is on my needles.

  • Large Penrose tote.

  • I do not have the Field Guide yet, but plan to order it. The Turnstile Wrap & Tendril Necklace will be among the first on my needles.

  • The bags, definitely!

  • I’m making the necklace and the Paragon. I intend to knit the book. Olga is a great teacher and her designs are pure genius!

  • Thanks to the weekend at MDK and learning with Olga, I have yarn for cuffs, the wrap and the necklace. I can’t wait to get started on all of them!

  • That turnstile wrap — it’ll take me forever, but I love it.

  • I am going to be making the Spark tote and it’s bigger sister!

  • The Tendril Necklace. I have to make one for each of my grandchildren. They will love it!

  • The large Penrose, in several colors!

  • The Tendril Necklace is in my queue – such an interesting design!

  • The small Penrose tote – looks so cute

  • I made the Tendril Necklace and the Fortune Teller Cuff as soon as I got the Field Guide…so fun! Up next will be the Penrose Tote.

  • The vest/wrap/cowl

  • The Popover is just so interesting! I want to make a black version to wear over a black outfit.

  • The penrose tote is in my queue, love that it can also double as a knitting wrist bag in my mind. Knit once, be happy twice!

  • I’m doing to start the Tendrill Necklace, it looks so simple and it’s just my style.

  • The Penrose tote. The handles look so clever.

  • The Penrose Tote!!!

  • Paragon popover !!!!! Another genius design

  • The Turnstile wrap or the Penrose Tote

  • The Penrose Tote is in my queue— can’t wait to cast on!

  • The Tendril!

  • The Tendrill necklace! Gorgeous:)

  • Penrose Tote is in my que as the Honeycomb scarf from #11 is on my needles at this moment with one more mini left to go.

  • Turnstile Wrap!

  • Can I put the whole field guide in my queue
    Oh and I’ve never tried Kidsilk Haze…I know this could be the summer!

  • I knitting the Popover and going to KAL the wrap.

  • Puzzle cuff in the queue! I can’t wait to see one finished.

  • Knitting the popover and ready for the wrap KAL.

  • I like the tote bag.

  • The large Penrose tote. So cute!

  • The Paragon Popover is in my queue

  • Penrose Tote

  • I am loving the Fortune Teller Cuff and also the Tendril Necklace.

  • I may try the tendril

  • My gauge swatch for Turnstile is finished, so I’m ready for the KAL

  • None yet. I’m still working on the Witching Hour Swoncho.
    I love #24 amazing patterns though

  • The Penrose tote may be calling me…

  • the tendril necklace and the n the fortuneteller cuff!

  • The Turnstile Wrap!

  • Turnstile Wrap has been calling me from the beginning. Hope to cast on when I finish my current WIP. Also very curious about the bangle! I’ve never knitted with steel. But now I really want to try it.

  • I keep envisioning the Tendril necklace with beads. The Turnstile Wrap is also caught my eye.

  • The popover and the tendril intrigue me, but nothing on the needles yet.

  • Penrose Tote

  • I’d love to try the Paragon popover, just because it’s so incredibly cool! But the Penrose Tote is first-a perfect summer knit and future birthday gift for my sister!

  • I’m a fan of the Turnstile Wrap

  • Turnstile wrap! Elegant and versatile! Love it.

  • Turnstile wrap will be perfect for fall!!

  • Turnstile Wrap is so cool. Would love to give it a go.

  • The Fortune Teller Cuff has been cast on and is in process. So interesting to see the creative mind in action with these patterns.

  • The turnstile wrap is next for me, it looks so versatile and fun!

  • Definitely theTurnstyle wrap

  • I’m making the tendril necklace for my mom’s birthday next month.

  • The Penrose Tote is in my future.

  • So intrigued by these designs-especially the turnstile wrap! Love the lookbook.

  • Turnstile Wrap, lovely.

  • Penrose tote to hold my wool and needles for the Paragon Popover

  • Penrose tote, great summer knit!

  • love the Penrose Tote

  • I like the Penrose Tote. Something different for me!

  • Turnstile Wrap. I was going to order the Gold color but it is not available. So I’m trying to decide on color. Any suggestions?

  • First up is Penrose tote; I need a new bag!

  • Penrose tote! I love a knitted bag to carry….knitting of course!

  • All the designs are engaging. The Penrose tote is first for me, will be a nice stashbuster (tough word for autocorrect!).

  • all designs are so unique; I don’t have anything else like it in my queue – turnstile wrap

  • paragon popover here I come. Love the unique design.

  • I love the Penrose tote! Olga’s designs are amazing. She teaches sometimes at Fibre Space in Alexandria, Virginia. I have always wanted to take one of her classes. Amazing issue!

  • I’ve always enjoyed Olga’s designs and this Field Guide has patterns that I think will suit me. I’m loving the Turnstile Wrap.

  • Penrose tote! Love useful projects

  • The Penrose tote is cute, but I would probably use this Kidsilk Haze to make the Nymphadora scarf.

  • The fortune teller bracelet!

  • I just got my yarn for the Tendril Necklace that I’m going to knit for a friend. I helped her pick out a dress for a wedding this summer, and I think the necklace will be perfect with it.

  • Fortune teller cuff & turnstile wrap

  • I purchased Spark and the kit to make the totes. Can’t wait to work with that filament yarn. I want to cast on NOW but I am determined to wait until I finish the baby blankets I’m working on for my God daughter’s twin girls to be delivered. I’m about 3/4 finished with both of them. Or is it each of them.

    Love Snippets! It’s what I reach for with my first cuppa every Sat. morning. Thank you!

  • Penrose Tote for me.

  • I know I don’t need another tote but this one is calling to me!

  • The Penrose Tote will be cast on this weekend. A perfect summer project in linen. It will soon be ready to hold my next project.

  • My daughter needs the Tendril I think.

  • The Paragon has caught my eye.

  • Love the turnstile wrap!

  • I love the Penrose Tote!

  • The Turnstile wrap.

  • The Penrose tote looks like a god place to start this month, with the Turnstyle wrap in the queue.

  • I am “totes” making a Penrose tote for my daughter (who won’t wear the hat I made her….) If at first you don’t succeed….

  • Paragon Popover — I love this!

  • Those bags!

  • Paragon popover is at the top! With Turnstile right behind.

  • The Penrose Tote.

  • turnstile wrap appeals

  • The Penrose Tote is on my list. Thank you for the Look Book!

  • Penrose tote

  • Penrose tote

  • Fortune teller cuff! Fits right in to my obsession with unusual bracelets.

  • The Turnstile Wrap!!

  • I have the small Penrose tote on my needles now! It’s such a fun knit! I can’t wait to have a cute little bag to carry my knotting around in!!

  • The tendril necklace would be a great holiday gift for several friends.

  • I’m drawn to the tendril necklace!

  • The Tendril Necklace is so cute!

  • All the designs intrigue me, but I think the Turnstile Wrap or the Penrose Tote are the most likely…after I finish a big lace project for my sister to wear on her cruise. 😉

  • The beautiful Paragon Popover is in my queue!! It is so intriguing- just have to make it.
    Joan

  • The Turnstile Wrap!

  • Turnstile Wrap!!!

  • The Penrose tote is in my queue and the free pattern (much thanks!) is downloaded. What a nice lightweight wearable for southern heat climates!

  • Fortune Teller Cuff

  • That Tendril Necklace! I just happened to have bought a ‘security skein’ for the tee I’m working on now, and will keep to my count so I’ll have enough to match it

  • I might try the Tendril Necklace, working from current stash. I love to have knitted jewelry to wear during the summer months when I’m not able to show off my big wooly projects!

  • Penrose Tote!

  • I like the penrose tote. I really like kidsilk; once I made fingerless gloves from it for a street musician I knew.

  • The Turnstile wrap. So versatile and I would wear it everywhere!

  • The Turnstile Wrap

  • The Penrose tote looks like a fun and useful project.

  • Turnstile Wrap looks good to me!!

  • I love that turnstile wrap!

  • The Paragon Popover is in my queue. I will use it to travel because of it’s versatility! Now to choose the yarn color!

  • I think Penrose Tote is cute and useful.

  • The Nymphadora Scarf!

  • I like the Penrose Tote.

  • The only thing I would even consider making is perhaps the large tote..

  • In my queue is the Penrose tote! Can’t wait to start!

  • I want to try the fortune teller cuffs!

  • Popover, for sure -just for the sheer novelty!

  • The Penrose Tote is in the queue!

  • It’s a toss up between the Paragon popover (yum!) and the Fortune Teller Cuff–so intriguing!

  • I love all of her designs in Sparks❣️ I think I’ll start with the primrose tote

  • I think the Turnstile Wrap construction is so clever, but doubt I’d ever wear it. Saving it to my favorites for future gift knitting. The Penrose Tote is more my speed. It’s in my favorites, but hasn’t made it to my queue yet. I’m thinking a pale blue with a navy silk fabric lining to keep it from stretching out. Maybe a slip pocket in the lining too.

  • Tendril nevklace

  • Tendril necklace want to make multiple

  • I like the Penrose tote

  • Turnstile wrap

  • The Penrose Tote is very much my jam.

  • Penrose tote all the way!

  • I really like the turnstile wrap

  • Definitely the tote.

  • turnstile wrap

  • Love the versatility of the Turnstyle Wrap! Very cool!

  • The Penrose tote

  • The Turnstyle Wrap is probably my favorite.

  • The Turnstile Wrap is a really cool, versatile design. I love it!

  • Leaning towards the turnstile wrap first!

  • Love Nymphadora as much as I love Kidsilk Haze yarn.

  • I’m itching to get started on the fortune teller cuffs! The angles and curves are so delightfully contrasting!

  • The necklace looks so interesting and creative!

  • The turnstile wrap. Such a fun and creative design!

  • Tendril definitely- intrigued me from first site.

  • I can tell the fortune teller cuff is going to be my go to small gift this year.

  • I love the Turnstile Wrap. It’s on my list!

  • I love the Penrose tote.

  • I am loving the paragon pullover – very unique and quirky – just my style!

  • Paragon Popover is very unique – just my style!

  • The Penrose tote is in my queue!

  • Looking forward to watching the interview!
    Will make Penrose Tote first. Fortune Teller Cuff intrigues me! Fun designs all.

  • Penrose Tote in queue! Looks like a great gift!

  • Penrose tote!

  • I would love to knit the paragon popover!

  • I am having a lot of fun knitting the large Penrose Tote. I’m using Rowan Cotton Linen in the same color Olga used. Lots of admiring comments already and I’m basically just getting started.

  • I love the Penrose tote, and I’m intrigued by the chromium yarn. But in the meantime, I’ll use my stash of Creative Linen.

  • Turnstile wrap!!!

  • I like the Turnstile Wrap, it looks like it would be fun to wear!

  • I love the cuff and the tote bag

  • My granddaughter wants the necklace yesterday! How can I possibly refuse? On the needles and hoping for completion tomorrow.

  • Paragon Popover and the Tendril Necklace

  • The tote is in the queue.

  • Penrose Tote has my name on it!

  • Turnstile Wrap- perfect for fall in the Adirondacks!

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