Where does the time go? Although we always say a good knitalong never ends, the official last day of our Open Knitalong, in which we are all knitting Jeanette Sloan’s modern lace designs for Field Guide No. 15: Open, is tomorrow. That means it’s time to award a few last prizes.
There’s a theme here, and the theme is the Mood Cardigan. The love knitters have shown this design has been a joyful thing. Back in January, when Jeanette pulled her favorite machine-knit Muji cardigan out of her bag, and shared a simple lace swatch with Melanie Falick and me, I was instantly smitten with it. As I tried on Jeanette’s Muji and paraded around Melanie’s dining room, I had a feeling other knitters would feel the same way. What’s not to like? The Mood Cardigan is fun to knit, and cute to wear.
And so we present our final three prize-winners, Mood Cardigans all. All of these winners debuted their projects in the MDK Lounge, where the coffee is always hot and the doughnuts are never more than a day and a half old.
The knitter known as 2 Little Time, come on down!
2 Little Time’s Mood in in Neighborhood Fiber Company’s Rustic Fingering, shade Stephen Towns. (Fun fact: Stephen Towns is a painter and fiber artist based in Baltimore, home city of Neighborhood Fiber Company.)
Knitters, make some noise for Linda AC, whose Mood Cardigan is also in Rustic Fingering, in the Lakeland shade.
And last but not least, winner number 3 is MDM Tucker. MDM chose the same yarn as Jeanette’s original sample, La Bien Aimée’s marvelous Helix.
Notice anything? All three knitters are wearing their Mood Cardigan rib-down in these photos. When I’m wearing my own Mood, I’m finding that rib-down is my go-to. Given my love of miters, I had expected that I’d wear it most often with the mitered ribbed edging up at the neckline, not cradling the haunch region. But there is something about those folds of lace ripping down the front, and the cozy shrug shape, that makes wearing it rib-down super appealing right now. It’s nice to have options.
Dear winners, we’ll be in touch for your mailing addresses, and here’s a spoiler: it’s yarn.
Thanks to everyone for knitting along with us. We mean it when we say a good knitalong never ends, so please keep those cards and letters and progress photos coming in, either on the Instagram hashtag #MDKOpenkal, or in the MDK Lounge. Inquiring minds want to know, and friendly knitters want to gaze upon your works!