A recent regret?
We didn’t make it across the Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge during Rhinebeck for Jill Draper’s famous open studio—I’m pretty sure the traffic gridlock was due to the hordes of knitters in search of her hospitality and her yarn.
The only solace for me is that we just received a new shipment of Jill Draper’s yarn for the Shop. So here I am, back in Nashville, trying to pretend that it’s a cool Saturday night where everybody’s wearing a great sweater.
It’s a pretty decent solace, to be honest.
In this new shipment are 11 colors of Windham, the smooshy 4-ply worsted merino wool that we have loved for several projects in our Field Guides. It is lofty, boingy, and nonsuperwash, spun in the U.S. with American wool. Jill is committed to creating special bases such as this.
What to Make with Windham?
Field Guide No. 8: Merry Making features two Thea Colman ideas for Windham.
We’ve had a swell time with Thea’s Appleseed Mitts in Graphite and Cinnamon.
More fingerless fun in Mocha, Chamois, Graphite, Cherry, and Cinnamon.
And, with Thea being something of a legendary mixologist, it’s no surprise that we ended up with Appleseed Coasters, which use the stitch pattern for the Appleseed Mitts. For those times when a thumbhole is just . . . too . . . much.
Note that a small vase or cocktail fits perfectly on these coasters.
Meanwhile . . .
In Field Guide No. 9: Revolution, Norah Gaughan brings her tangly cable brilliance to the Ironworks Beret. Windham may be the perfect yarn for such a project: it lets the cables shine, and it gives a shifty beauty to the color.
A beret is just the thing. The shape of this one can go flat or poofy depending on the head underneath it.
If you’re thinking of gift knitting now, you can find company with the MDK Giftalong—details are here. And lots of Giftalong conversation afoot over in the MDK Lounge, where the small knits are starting to accumulate—plenty of time to join in.
Needless to say, a plump skein of Windham will add to the fun of it all.