It’s February, but in my world, January’s knitalong—the Kaffe-along—is still shining bright, even as I put in the (very few, very short) hours to complete my Main Squeeze Pullover (the Main Squeeze Cardigan, with Cristina’s brilliant modifications).
I bet you’re dying to see the progress I’ve made on my epically dotty all-Coins version of the Stranded Stripe Throw, but first, we’ve got prizes to award, woman!
Kaffe-Along Prize Squad
The Kaffe-Along Prize Squad has convened, and dithered, and deliberated. It was not easy work. Y’all outdid yourselves, going to town on Kaffe Fassett’s glorious colorwork designs in MDK Field Guide No. 13: Master Class.
After all that, here was where we ended up.
The winners are:
As if Sue Carney’s scrappy, dotty socks weren’t charming enough on their own, she had to go and make a stop-action video. I for one plan to imitate her, using my hoard of sock yarn scraps and Kaffe’s Coins motif to enliven a loved one’s feet. Seriously, check out the wee video.
A dog in a cowl surely is prize-winner material. But Nancy made sure, by deploying…
…a backup dog. This time in a scarf. We see patterns from Field Guide 13, of course, but do we also see a few other Kaffe motifs? The more the merrier—it’s divine!
Meanwhile, back at the Lounge, Patti applied Kaffe’s Coins in graphic black and white to a basic beanie, and sealed the deal by harking back to our very first Bang Out a Sweater knitalong with her Stopover pullover.
Also in the Lounge, Debi took Kaffe’s patterns and painted them on a vest, which she aptly named the Chocolate Box Vest.
A theme has emerged: you can stick Kaffe’s stripes and stranded colorwork motifs onto anything that’s stockinette and knit in the round, with terrific results.
Winners, look for a note from us so you can send in your mailing details.
What are the prizes, you ask?
Each winner will receive a box o’ love that includes:
An Also Full of Yarn Bag, a skein of Jill Draper’s Windham, and a copy of MDK Field Guide No. 8: Merry Making, which just happens to have one-skein projects for this marvelous yarn, by Thea Colman. After an epic multi-color stranded Kaffe project, a pair of mitts, a chewy hat, or a set of coasters might be just the palate cleanser (or palette cleanser) a knitter craves to knit while resting on her laurels.
Congratulations to everyone, and thanks for the huge grins you gave us with your glorious knitting. From here on out, whenever I need a blast of joy, I’m heading straight to the Kaffealong hashtag, which hopefully will keep growing forever.
The Knitalong That Won’t Quit (In My House)
I’m arriving at the halfway point on this rambunctious ode to joy—I’m on my 18th row of coins. I’ll do another row in Color 19, then start working my way backward through the first 18 colors until I arrive back where I started.
Pattern: Stranded Stripe Throw. Enlarged to 254 stitches wide, and using the Coins motif exclusively. The background shade is stone.
My enthusiasm for working on this thing, now that it has reached Officially Unwieldy proportions, is undimmed. I can tell you one thing: it attracts attention on the subway.
My passion for Kaffe’s Coins motif, and his chosen palette of Felted Tweed shades, has increased, if anything. The juxtapositions are fresh, surprising, and endlessly entertaining. More is more!