Until I have a moment to dig out my scanner and show you the latest book to completely blow my mind (!), allow me to entertain you with snapshots of my newest project.

Remember my desire to knit with rustic yarn? Linen, hemp, kitchen twine… whatever! Apparently an entire tote-worth of Hempathy wasn’t enough. Two cones of Louet Euroflax later, I’m in linen-knitting heaven!

I just love passing this yarn through my fingers. It’s decidedly different than the soft merinos, the silks, and even the cottons that I typically use. Also, this is my first time using coned yarn, which makes me sort of giddy in a kid-like way – look! It’s a big spool of yarn! Hehe!

The pattern: a most unique union of yarn and fabric by Annie Modesitt from Melanie Falick’s Handknit Holidays.


You start out with six 21″ square linen napkins. Each napkin is bordered by handknit lace, then the six are joined together, and an edging is attached around the whole perimeter.

Ever since I noted Hannah’s Tablecloth on a Ravelry forum, and saw Blacktabi Liz’s version in real life, I’ve really wanted to make one! I think it’s the whole linen tablecloth aspect that had me hooked – growing up, linen linens (hehe) were a staple in our household, and I wouldn’t be lying if I said my mom still uses them on a regular basis, 30 years later!

The 21″ square napkins were a special order from LinenMe (though the vintage selections on eBay tempted me sorely for a long time, too), and the coned Euroflax came from Lanas de Libelula, and the needles are nothing fancy: just Susan Bates circs.

Yet somehow, with every stitch I knit, I keep thinking, “I’m knitting a family heirloom. I will use this for many years. My grandchildren might touch this fabric. Ooo!” Such simple ingredients, such a meaningful project.


22 thoughts on “Snapshots

  1. kmkat

    I identify totally with this post. Maybe because there is no fitting involved? 🙂 But your heirloom will be beautiful.

  2. amy

    wonderful! can’t wait to see it. me, i’m waiting for the day i can afford all the manos required for that gorgeous floral tree skirt and striped stocking in that book for my family heirloom. =]

  3. Kristy

    Hmm, do you have any special purpose in mind for this? I’m sure it will be beautiful.

    I’m glad you’re enjoying your new book!

  4. Anna

    Knitting an heirloom piece is really something special. I knitted a tablecloth as a wedding gift for a very good friend, and I knew as I was making it that it’s something she’ll give to her daughter someday. (This did not stop mild frustration and the occasional urge to curse when I made mistakes, but still. 😉 )

    That’s a great book, by the way. I’ve got the urge to make one of the table runners in it as a present for a friend one of these days.

  5. Claire

    What a beautiful thing to do. What a meaningful way to connect with both your history and with future generations in one go. Wonderful!

  6. Liz

    I love to work on this tablecloth and dream of Thanksgivings, Christmases, and other holidays year after year that we’ll be able to pull this out, pat it fondly, and remember all of the other times we’ve used it and the time spent working on it stitch by stitch. 🙂

  7. nancy

    I am the fortunate owner of my grandmother’s old table linens, pillow case covers, and armchair doilies. every so often, I pull them out and just pet them and marvel at the work.

    you are knitting future heirlooms and your future generations will love you for it.

    I wish you much joy with every stitch.

  8. Avice

    Inspired. I had actually passed that book by because I didn’t want to succumb to the hyper-ventilation brought on by holiday knitting. Now…

  9. Toby

    But wait…Grumperina does not say for sure that it is Handknit Holidays that blew her mind. I’m still in suspense wondering if it is or isn’t Handknit Holidays (which I have and love).

  10. Sarah

    That project is so cool. I wonder what it would look like if it were done in a contrasting yarn/napkin combo…I’d better slap myself before I start project-shopping that one! 🙂

  11. Donna B

    I love knitting with linen! It is so outwardly plain, so inwardly elegant. But your project is just the best! I have never seen this pattern before, but it is going in my queue soon now!

  12. Sara

    I am really excited to see how this turns out! It is one of my favorite projects in that book and whenever I (hopefully) do get around to making it, it will be great to have your experience to look to!

  13. Johanna

    I’ve always loved that pattern too… I’m just waiting for someone to make it for me rather than knitting it myself, although I may be tempted enough to put it on my Ravelry queue!

  14. Rebekkah

    Ooh, what an exciting project!

    Do you have any tips or recommendations for resources on knitting edgings onto cloth? I have a project planned for the near future that will involve that, and I’m not sure if there are standard techniques used. Do you just poke holes in the edge and pull the yarn through? Did you swatch first (and block) without attaching it, to figure out how much space there should be between the attachment points to the fabric? This is all brand new territory to me, and I’d be interested to hear any technical remarks you have on the matter.

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