Hello, beloved knitters.
We have a juicy tidbit of good news today.
MDK World Headquarters in Nashville, Tennessee, USA is proud to announce that we are stockists of a ground-breaking new knitting book. We’ve got a pallet of these delicious, toothsome, weighty tomes all stacked up and ready to mail out to knitters in need of both a lift and a deep dive into exciting new waters.
The book is Making Marls, by Cecelia Campochiaro, author of Sequence Knitting, a revolutionary book that has given knitters countless hours of fun creating textured fabrics from simple repetitions of knit and purl.
One of the perks of our job is that sometimes we get an early peek at a book we’re excited about. In this case, we got to see the page proofs of Making Marls just as it was about to go to press in Germany.
Readers, we loved it. To give you a sense of what Cecelia has in store for knitters, we’d like to share our foreword, from page vii of Making Marls.
Foreword from Kay Gardiner and Ann Shayne
Cecelia Campochiaro’s Sequence Knitting was a thunderclap in the world of knitting books. Her scientific, analytical approach to the construction of knitted textures was ground-breaking. We knitters thought we knew knits and purls, but Cecelia showed us that there is so much more. More important for knitters, though, was Cecelia’s giant leap of imagination. Once we understand the way that simple knits and purls, when repeated in sequences, create extraordinary fabrics, we knitters can experience the most liberating, joyful kind of knitting. We can knit beautiful, soul-satisfying pieces from Sequence Knitting forever—and we will.
In Making Marls, we see the same deep consideration of something the average knitter knows—the marl—but has never fully considered. As in Sequence Knitting, Cecelia has noticed something about marls that was there all the time—and it’s breathtaking.
Cecelia goes all in: she gives us history, precise analysis, and a new nomenclature. She traveled the world speaking to marl masters. Something as simple as a marl—two strands of yarn worked as one—suddenly is new and full of possibility.
As passionate knitters, we are grateful for Cecelia’s elevation of knitting to a higher intellectual and artistic realm—but there is a bottom-line question we ask of any knitting book: Do we want to knit these things? With Making Marls, the answer is a big heck, yes. The marled fabrics Cecelia has invented are rich, irresistible; we can’t wait to dig into our stashes.
Let the great marling begin!
Kay Gardiner and Ann Shayne
Let It Begin!
There is no time like the present to dig into this beautiful new world of textured knitting. We’d love to send you your own copy of Making Marls, and we’d love to see what you make from this book. (We feel a Lounge topic coming on.)
You can start with a candy dish full of microswatches:
Who knows where you’ll end up? The shapes are endless, but we’ve got our eye on Finsen, Cecelia’s adaptation of one of Kay’s lifetime favorite knits, the Tokyo Shawl.