I’m deep into The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel at the moment, a delicious binge of time travel back to the late 1950s in New York.
I love the scenes where our hero Midge Maisel is working at B. Altman dispensing rouge and one-liners. It makes me remember my own time in New York and the many hours I spent wandering the grand department stores that were such a fixture: Bergdorf Goodman, Lord and Taylor, Gimbel’s, Macy’s, Saks, and the terrifyingly chic newcomer, Barneys.
I loved department stores, back in the day.
I mention all this because I’ve been thinking about MDK and how best to describe it to people who are new to it.
After watching Midge Maisel at B. Altman, I’m thinking that maybe MDK is a department store for knitters.
We certainly have departments—you can see them across the top of every page. Please have a look around.
The Departments of MDK
Shop: We offer the things we really love. Yarns, books, notions, and gifts. Most of our suppliers are small businesses, often a single person, so you’re not only supporting MDK, you’re also keeping these talented makers in business.
How To: Techniques, tips, hacks. Videos, in-depth tutorials. You will learn something here, we promise. There are 215 posts in here, enough to get you through Safer At Home and emerge a better knitter.
Projects: Watching a project come together is our idea of a spectator sport. The thrill of victory, the agony of a bad sleeve. 119 posts that include gloating, bragging, and big doses of humility.
Inspiration: 436 posts to give you something to think about, to love, to make. This is basically the shoe department, where you can spend all afternoon.
Fun: Food, podcasts, music, movies, TV binges are all chronicled here. 449 opportunities for diversion.
Travel: Sometimes we come here simply to get away for a minute. These 59 posts show us the world, from contributors who share with us their journeys to beautiful places. All seen with the knitter’s eye.
Contributors: The easiest way to deep dive with your favorite contributor. Click on a contributor’s photo and you’ll see all their writing for MDK.
The Lounge: This is the equivalent of a department store tea shop. Rest your feet and hang out with knitters. Solve your knitting problems, share the glory, be a part of one of our frequent knitalongs. If we can’t be together literally, we can hang out virtually, 24/7.
Letters: A vestige of our original blog, the Letters are where we write to each other—and to you. This archive goes back to 2003, in an unwieldy form, which is honestly probably for the best.
We cordially invite you to hang out at our department store. We’re so glad you’re here.