Longtime WendyKnits readers may recall how thoroughly delighted I was with the first book by Ann & Kay of Mason-Dixon Knitting a couple of years ago. Last week I was lucky enough to get my dainty paws on a review copy of their new book: Mason-Dixon Knitting Outside the Lines. The publication date of this book is next Tuesday, September 16.
If possible, I love this book even more than their first book. It has the same “feeling” as their first book. It’s treasure trove of creativity, fun, and wisdom.
The books is separated into sections, each one with a theme — like fair isle, and knitting things that children will actually wear, for example. And I was pleased to find socks, my current knitting obsession, covered in one of the sections.
I think the most amazing thing about this book is that I’ve identified two sweaters from it that I want to knit.
You may have noticed that I am “off” sweaters. I have knit exactly one this year (Lismore) and it is one that I will likely never wear. I knit it for the fun of combining the Kauni yarn with an Alice Starmore sweater. It looks great on my mannequin, but the thought of putting on a stranded wool sweater these days makes me break out in a pre-emptive sweat.
But as I said, I’ve identified two sweaters in the new Mason-Dixon book that I want to make. One of them is a glorious light-as-air little cardigan made from 2 skeins of Rowan Kidsilk Haze, the Cardi Cozy.
I think this will be perfect over a plain dress in the winter, and will be light enough to not make me feel as though I am being roasted alive. It’s a very simple pattern, with a single cable design placed in strategic spots.
The other sweater I want is The Daily Sweater.
It’s knit from Rowan Calmer (which I love) and is shaped like an updated sweatshirt. Considering pretty much the only sweaters I do wear in the winter are machine-made Eddie Bauer cotton “sweatshirt sweaters” this one definitely struck a chord with me. It’s knit top down with raglan shaping, and has a lovely little cable detail along the raglan.
So thank you, Ann & Kay. Love the book! Love you guys!
(I also love that you gave Onslow an acknowledgement as a model. You guys crack me up. Seriously.)
Back to me . . .
Thanks for all the lovely comments on my shawl in progress. Because it looks almost the same today as yesterday, I’ll spare you a photo. Hopefully you’ll see more progress in the next update!
Lucy is ready for the weekend!