Dear friends who can’t knit enough,
Today is the day.
We’re off on a knitalong that is going to lead us to heights of lace wonderfulness. I hope you’ll join us, whether you’re new to lace, a veteran, or (like me) a hibernating lace knitter who has been drawn out of my cave by the scent of fresh, delicious lace.
Kay laid out all the details right here.
We’re already seeing some dazzlers popping up—early birds are always great to see, because they inspire me to get going.
The Open Knitalong is for any design from Field Guide No. 15: Open—there are simple scarves and exquisite wraps and even a cocoony cardigan to play with, thanks to Jeanette Sloan’s clever ideas about what modern lace looks like. It’s fun to see how knitters are approaching these projects, on Ravelry.
My Game Plan
I totally jumped the gun and am in the thick of the Clerestory Shawl, working in a single strand of Gleem Lace.
You start with four stitches and a dream.
It is definitely an exercise in delayed gratification—it’s a lumpish pile of stitches at the moment. A glorious day awaits when I’m finished and take this off the blocking board and swoosh it festively around the house. It’s a project for these days of patience. I want to have this as a souvenir of That Time When We All Had To Be Patient.
And I’m aiming to cook up a Mood Cardigan as well. Its cocoony shape seems just right for this fall. And this unusual construction is totally a Jeanette Sloan origami project.
I’m going to have some fun with my yarn choice for this.
The pattern for the Mood Cardigan in Field Guide No. 15: Open calls for two laceweight yarns held together.
What if one strand is Fyberspates Gleem Lace?
And the second strand is Fyberspates Cumulus?
I have knit with Cumulus before, and it is wonderful stuff. Silk forms the base, and its fluffiness comes from the softest alpaca. There’s a reason they named this yarn after a cloud.
But I’m wondering about another possibility.
Cumulus in Gloaming.
What do you think? Magenta or Gloaming? Dial up the color or dial it back?
Where to Share
If you’re on Instagram, our hashtag will be #MDKOpenKAL. Tag your photos with the hashtag and we’ll share them in our posts and stories. (And don’t forget to share any MDK project with the hashtag #mymdk, so we can freshen up the gallery of FOs on our homepage.)
And of course, we’ll be knitting and carrying on together in the MDK Lounge. Be open with us: Ask your questions, and share your trials, tribulations, and triumphs in the MDK Open KAL topic.