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Dear knitter,

Welcome to your Saturday!

It’s literally our biggest MDK Gems ever. Kick your gift-knitting into high gear in a large way—with your choice of two big yarns and a quick pattern from joymaker Jen Geigley.

The deal: Order any quantity of Freia Super Bulky or Rowan Big Wool, and we’ll give you a free download of MDK Field Guide No. 12: Big Joy.

Five free bulky-yarn designs by Jen Geigley! You’ll receive the download link in your order confirmation email. This MDK Gems offer runs through Wednesday, November 22, while supplies last.

And remember: Field Guide subscribers save 10% when using the monthly subscriber coupon code we emailed last week—easy savings!

The pattern: The Brambleberry Cowl is a big-scaled gift that will dazzle your recipient. Nothing like a size 13 needle to move things along—this is fast fun.

The yarns: You have options.

Option no. 1: Freia Super Bulky. We’ve brought in a very limited quantity of Tina Whitmore’s most exuberant yarn of them all: Freia Super Bulky. Hand dyed in Tina’s irresistible color, it’s soft merino at a scale that’s bonkers. We’ve got eight colors for you. Four skeins makes an epic Brambleberry Cowl.

Option no. 2: Rowan Big Wool. If you’re in the mood for a solid, we’ve got 19 ideas for you: Rowan Big Wool in 19 colors.

Rowan Big Wool is a perennial favorite around here, and it’s the yarn Jen used for the original Brambleberry Cowl. Four balls gets you a lush cowl snipsnap just like that.

Support What You Love

This is the time of year when we ask you to support all the free daily fun at MDK—including everybody’s favorite pajama read, Snippets—by subscribing to the three MDK Field Guides we will publish in 2024.

Subscribers are the wind beneath MDK’s wings, and to show our gratitude, we’ve added more benefits for 2024 subscribers. And our special holiday shop subscription price makes this an easy decision. Read all about it—and subscribe—here. And thank you.

Meanwhile . . .

We had a big time on MDK this week.

In the department of what we need now, Suzan Colón has us glimmering: noticing small moments that bring a measure of peace to daily life.

The way a colorwork project gets heavy in your lap as it nears completion—that’s a new glimmer for Ann, courtesy of her Autumn Garden Stole.

Be careful not to come home with a fleece! We got to tag along with Jillian Moreno on a visit to Uppspuni, Iceland’s mini mill.

A simple—and simply luxurious—project that’s just for you.

For someone who’s always harrumphing that he’s not TV Guide, DG Strong is remarkably reliable at finding us something good to watch while knitting (or not knitting).

As ever, we thank you all for supporting MDK through thick and thin. Every morning, we bring the best writers, teachers, and knitting to you, for free. This is only possible because of your purchases from the MDK Shop—thank you!

Questions? Email us anytime at, and you’ll get a prompt personal response from a real live MDK person.

Stay healthy, take care of each other, and knit on.


Ann and Kay

We’re Having an Open House

On Friday afternoon, December 8, we’ll be throwing open the doors of our beloved MDK World Headquarters in Nashville for festive shopping and togetherness, to get us in a holiday mood. The team is hanging the gnome garlands and firing up the Li’l Smokies crockpot for this one! $15 holds your place and will be credited back to purchases. Get your ticket here.

Bonus fun: Come hang with us, then head over to Porter Flea, Nashville’s stupendous maker market with 230 superb vendors. Their festive preview night starts December 8 at 6:00 PM, tickets here. (They sell out early, so don’t snooze.)

Try It, You’ll Like It

Try a new craft! This year’s MDK Holiday Shop is all about going places and going home—we’ve got projects, storage solutions, arts & crafts, and even snacks to keep you going. Grab a few friends for an indigo dyeing day. Spend a little time as a watercolorist. These projects are superfun and easy—even for the earliest beginner—we promise.

Indigo Dye Kit. The quickest route possible to 100% natural indigo dyeing. The good folks at Stony Creek Colors have spent a ton of time figuring out an environmentally clean, speedy way to create your very own indigo vat. You are going to love this little kit.

Become one with watercolor! We fell in love with watercolor painting this year—so much that we brought not one but two sets of watercolors available to you in our MDK Shop: a very simple set and a very fine set. And, we found this beautiful book that teaches mindful painting that brings the “calm” to your painting practice.

Good Gear

By now you know we love the little things—down to the perfect mending tin. See it all in our Holiday Shop shoppable lookbook.

Travel Sewing Kit. For mending on the go. The perfect Italian-made sewing kit with all you need for a quick fix.

Recoleta Bag. Yes, the front pocket can hold MDK Field Guides. In 5 colors, the perfect tote for your on-the-go knitting project.

Treats for You

To give or (really) to keep for yourself. A bundle of chocolate from our favorite Nashville chocolate maker, Olive and Sinclair. The brand-new 2024 MDK Calendar Tea Towel picturing knitters doing their thing. And the best peanut butter, like, ever.

Give a Gift Card

The dazzling gift that always fits. Is always welcome. Makes it superfun to shop at MDK. Give The MDK Gift Card to your favorite knitter—they’ll love it.

The Great Botanica Knitalong

Our knitalong of Dee Hardwicke’s gorgeous designs for MDK Field Guide No. 25: Botanica is in full bloom. It’s a delight to see all the color combinations, variations, and sheer fun knitters are having with these patterns. If you’re knitting along with us—or thinking about it—Cristina Shiffman has created a help center full of helpful resources. Go for the tips and tricks, stay for the power scroll of sumptuous knitting.

Texting 1, 2, 3 . . .

Treat yourself to 10% off your next order in the MDK Shop by signing up for emails and texts here. At MDK, we text unto others as we would like to be texted—not too often, and always with a light touch. Try it out! We’re grateful that you want to hear from us—thank you.


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