I am plugging along, glad to have three Giftalong 2017 projects that let me knit no matter whether I’m feeling brilliant, stupid, perky, or exhausted.
No. 1: The Mood to Make Airy Clouds
It is so beautiful! Ann Weaver really nailed the concept of log cabin taken to an unblankety place.
I’m almost done—two blocks to go.
No. 2: The Itch to Feel Clever
Unzipping a crochet provisional cast on is such a tidy little moment in knitting.
The game here is to preserve live stitches at each end of the baby blanket so that you can add a lace border that is worked perpendicularly to the body of the blanket.
Zip! The waste yarn comes off like the string from a sack of your beloved pet’s favorite kibble. You put the newly enlivened stitches back on the needle to commence the border making.
Here’s Jen Arnall-Culliford’s video tutorial on this technique. Elegant.
Knitting a simple lace border onto that edge is one of the great skills to learn.
See the place where I join the border to the body? I carried my yarn in back rather than in the front at the moment where the join happens, so my Little Tern Blanket has a weird moment at the join. It’s supposed to look like a row of Vs, without the horizontal yarn crossing over the stitch. If anybody tells this baby about this weird join, I’ll be so crabby!
Thanks to Tin Can Knits for this pattern, to Jim and Jen Arnall-Culliford for A Year of Techniques, and to Fyberspates for a yarn that is perfect for the modern baby. (We have three colors of Vivacious DK remaining in the Shop.)
No. 3: The Desire to Knit without Looking
Season 2 of The Crown is proving to be suitably stately in pace—so far, the Queen spends most days staring off into the middle distance, wondering what her husband is up to 10,000 miles away. This sort of slow-rolling costume drama is just right when you have a torso-worth of stockinette to crank. Caitlin Hunter’s Birkin is at the point that I’ve done the yoke, and all that’s left are a bit of torso and two sleeves.
Gratuitious inside-out view.
Patio, o Patio! You are such an aquatic shade!
I love that you are so unapologetically bright!
You and your friend Jamberry up there in the yoke are giving me a lot of joy these days.
Thanks to Alice O’Reilly and her Backyard Fiberworks yarn for the eight special colors she cooked up just for the MDK Shop.