I took a break from knitting during our 11-day hiatus from MDK. It was so weird not to be doing the thing we do all the time. But I did finish an Alabama Chanin skirt that has been marinating since 2015, so that felt like a win.
And now, the new year has arrived, with a knitalong I’ve been looking forward to for a while now.
I’m pretty stoked about our Kaffe knitalong. I think I’ve got a good project that will keep me a) busy and b) not overwhelmed.
During the holiday break from MDK, Hubbo and I embarked on a cleanse of our house. Not anything elaborate, but a first stab at some Swedish death cleaning, or as I call it, The Remembrance of Things Unfortunately Not Past But Piled Up In The Basement.
Among the domestic archaeology, I discovered a pair of pillows that had seen better days. Once I removed the pillow covers, bonanza! Two fluffy pillowportunities for cooking up some Kaffe intarsia.
While I’m scheming up what exactly these pillows will look like, I’ve got a bit more work to finish on another Kaffe project that has been good fun these past weeks.
In Other Riveting Intarsia News . . .
This is a riff on the Watercolor Cowl. A big scarf version.
Here’s the original design:
I scaled up the pattern to be twice as big as the chart in Field Guide No. 16: Painterly, and (stay with me) I reversed the color scheme so that the triangles are colorful and the center square is the same dark gray throughout the piece.
I’m using the kit we built for the Watercolor Cowl, Dark version. It’s sold out at the moment, I’m sorry to say, but we do have single balls of these colors in the Shop. (You’re seeing Vaseline Green, Lime, Candy Floss, Iris, Peach, Scarlet, Fjord, Sulfur, Avocado, Pink Bliss, Heliotrope, Mineral, Turquoise, Seafarer, Clay, Zinnia.)
When I cracked open my kit, these vibrant colors really got me—I just wanted to use them as much as possible.
It’s turned out to be a lot of fun to figure out what color to use next. These small thrills are really working for me right now.
A Quick Note
Thanks to everybody who wrote in after the Christmas morning bombing in Nashville. It was a stunner, to be sure, and heartbreaking to see small business owners lose their businesses in such a shocking way. Nashville is as resilient as anyplace, and I take it as a good sign that two missing housecats, Molly and Martin, were found days later, hunkered down in the wreckage, safe and sound.
I hope you all stay safe and sound. We are going to get through this.