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Dear knitter,

Happy Saturday!

You may not even know this about yourself yet, but you’ve always wanted to knit socks. The thrill of turning out three-dimensional sculptures—which also keep feet warm—never gets old.

This summer, we’re jumping into the joys of sock knitting, with Fatimah Hinds’s four amazing designs for Field Guide No. 27: Sock Odyssey.

We’re using DK weight yarns, rather than the typical fingering weight.

What a difference that change makes! Socks knit up faster. They’re extra cushiony. And with Fatimah Hinds as our guide, we embark on a fantastic journey of clever cables and intriguing techniques. It’s the perfect portable project for summer.


Just Two Weeks Away: A Virtual Workshop with Fatimah Hinds

If you’re new to the world of socks, or a seasoned sock specialist looking for new additions to your bag of tricks, we heartily invite you to join us on June 21.

Fatimah Hinds is leading us in a virtual workshop where she’ll share her best secrets for making beautiful socks. Learn more about this three-hour Zoom class and register here.

Special bonus for workshop participants: Your order confirmation email will include a link to a PDF with a coupon code for 15 percent off all the special yarns featured in MDK Field Guide No. 27: Sock Odyssey. These yarns are incredible and rare—check them out.

Today! If You’re in Nashville, Pay Us a Visit

You’re cordially invited to MDK World Headquarters today, for an open house to kick off a summer of knitting. Shopping, snacks, and a bunch of happy knitters to hang out with—plus: four special guests—Fatimah Hinds, Lorilee Beltman, Samantha Brunson, and Nell Ziroli, who are in town for the day. You won’t want to miss this!

Date: Saturday, June 8—today!

Time: 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Address: 441 Atlas Drive, Nashville, Tennessee

No need to register, just drop in!


We had a big time on MDK this week.

We took a whistlestop tour of brand-new Field Guide No. 27: Sock Odyssey.

A treat-yourself moment of luxury: Cuff-Down Yak-Silk Socks.

Tweedy, stripey, and superfun: Cuff-Down Tweed Socks.

Fatimah’s favorite toe-up method: Toe-Up Lace Socks.

Feet de résistance: Toe-Up Knee Socks.

The dreamy yarns of Sock Odyssey have a special story.

And here’s a Field Guide launch party you can knit to: our wide-ranging conversation with Fatimah Hinds.

Support What You Love

We are proud to be a part of the fabric of small businesses and creative people whose work makes the knitting world so vibrant.

When you support MDK with your purchases from the MDK Shop, we pay your support forward to the writers, designers, teachers, and businesses we work with.

It’s a daily challenge to make a tiny business go, and we’re grateful to every one of you for helping us do that.

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

PS Someone you know would love this newsletter—please forward this Snippets. We appreciate it so much!

Summer of Socks

Four new projects to love. With Fatimah Hinds’s clever designs and adventurous sock knitting tips and tricks, we’re embarking on a brand new journey of clever cables and intriguing techniques in Field Guide No. 27: Sock Odyssey.

Pack Up Your Duffel Bag

Join us in the Craft Hut on July 19! It’s that time again—dust off your sit-upon and get ready for MDK Summer Camp, a virtual handwork workshop like no other. Don’t forget to bring some contraband candy!

Your MDK Summer Camp 2024 Kit includes everything you need to make your very own Calliope Basket—or three of them! Get your kit and read all about Summer Camp, right here.

The Calliope Basket is a great starter project for beginning basketeers. The natural raffia material coils beautifully, transitioning organically from one color to another and creating a lightweight, flexible, yet sturdy vessel. You’ll learn the basic technique without worrying too much about counting or exactness, and shape your basket as you wish, from a shallow container to a curved bowl shape. With 5 colors in the kit, no two baskets will be alike!

Make a Field Guide Bundle

Here’s a fun thing: we have 27 Field Guides in our collection—delectable, small excursions into all sorts of beautiful knitting from a who’s who of designers.

Order 3 or more Field Guides, and save 15%. It’s conceivable to make a bundle of all 27, just sayin. Have a peek now.

Mark your calendars for Nash Yarn Fest, coming next year: March 14-15, 2025.

A time to celebrate everything we love about the knitting world, in a beautiful venue in the heart of friendly, fascinating Nashville. To learn, to shop, to be entertained, to hang out and make new friends and reunite with dear ones.

Above all, Nash Yarn Fest is going to be a party for the ages.

To keep up with vendors, events, tickets, and news, sign up for Nash Yarn Fest updates here.

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