Tuesday, 14 October 2014

In an autumn mood

Autumn's here & although the weather was lovely here in Wales in September (when I meant to post this!), the days are quite wet & the evenings are drawing in now & thoughts turn to cosying up around the fireside once again, knitting in hand & cat on lap.

For my latest design, I've chosen autumnal golden shades which echo the changing colours of trees around my home.  Rhiannon is the third pattern in the Celtic Myth Collection e-book. She was often depicted astride a white horse wearing gold robes. Inspiration is drawn from Celtic tracery and the grid pattern on the castle gates that she had to wait near, as well as the pattern of horse shoes.

image from http://branawen.blogspot.co.uk

Knitted from the top down, this triangular shawl can be made in heavy lace weight / 3ply or fingering (4ply). The larger of the 2 sizes with optional lace border is shown left in cosy fingering weight Merino
 (Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light, 'Candlewick').

The smaller of the sizes I chose to work in a 3ply merino, llama, silk, linen mix: The Fibre Company Meadow, 'Prairie' which has a lovely drape

I've also been reworking my very first pattern Linen & Purl, a bulky weight cowl shown here in Malabrigo Mecha which is fabulously soft & squishy. I could tell it was my first pattern by the amount of work it needed to make it more user friendly! I've also had it tech edited and so it should be much easier (& error free) to work from now.

Other cowl designs have been happening too! Brodgar is a reversible cowl in a double thickness & I chose to work it in Old Maiden Aunt Merino Superwash 4ply, which is a great yarn for colour work as thew colours are so beautiful & yet subtle. It also seemed fitting to use a yarn by a Scottish dyer as the idea for Brodgar came from the markings on the Neolithic ring of stones in the Orkney Isles.
image from historic scotland via pinterest

 image from http://commons.wikimedia.org

I wish I could say I've been to this fascinating place, but only in my dreams!

I think this one's going to get a lot of wear this winter.

But then if it get's really cold like the forecasters predict it might (& judging on the amount of berries about, according to folk lore) this one - Luge might well be well used. I used Rowan Big Wool for it, my first time and I found it really lovely to work with (& quick which is always a bonus). The matching fingerless mitts are really handy too. No need to work thumbs or holes for them as the lace pattern is big enough for that.

Next time, I might try & write about what's on the needles rather that what's off them!

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Although it's still August

Although it's still August, there's a distinct nip in the air & it's feeling quite autumnal. Blackberries are starting and we have the first plums on our tree. Thoughts are turning to the new season's knitting and I've been using plum coloured yarns for my next design Wild Orchid.

It's a sideways knitted shawl in four versions: a shallow crescent, deeper triangle & asymmetrical in two  depths. I've used Old Maiden Aunt Merino / Silk 4 ply for the shallow crescent sample & it only took 320 yds to get a wearable size, so great for yarns with slightly less yardage.

The deeper triangular one I made in John Arbon Textiles Alpaca in the glorious Damson colour. I love how large (60" x 26") it is and I'm really fond of light weight alpaca shawls as they are so cosy, yet easily to wrap around your neck.

One of my testers used 2 skeins of Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light for the deeper asymmetrical version which worked very well. It could also be made in a heavier yarn such as DK or worsted weight for a cosy winter wrap.

Friday, 18 July 2014

New pattern Arianrhod

It's been a while in the making (& testing), but at last I can reveal what's been keeping me busy this last month or so. I hope you think the wait has been worth it.

Arianrhod is a circular shawl in 3 sizes with 2 edgings for lace weight or light fingering. It's worked in a similar way to 'pi' shawls - so regular increases with bands of patterning in between which is a lot easier to work than continual increases. Every other round is knit, so a rest from the lace patterning. The edging is knitted sideways onto the shawl, so there is very little finishing to do. I would say it's suitable for the intermediate knitter.

Arianrhod means 'Silver Wheel' in Welsh and is pronounced 'ar-ree-AN-rhod'. She is also known as the Mother Goddess and so it would be lovely as a baby shawl.

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Welcome to my new website!!

Welcome to my new website!! Never having a blog or site before this is very new to me, but I hope you'll drop by from time to time to see what I'm doing.

Mostly I'll be posting about new patterns and special offers together with KALs on my Ravelry group .

From time to time there will be sneak previews of upcoming patterns (knits in progress) and about any lovely new stash I've acquired. Photos and themes that inspire me will also find their way here too sometimes.

For those who don't know me already, I'm fairly new to designing although I've been tinkering with patterns for ages and have been knitting since knee high (too long ago to count the years!). I knit obsessively and have been even known to with my eyes closed (not really sleeping just pretending) and once was told to put my knitting down after having a pre-med before an operation as they wanted to take me to theatre!

To start the ball rolling & to celebrate my new site, there is 10% discount on all my patterns, including the Celtic Woodland Collection e-book. The only thing that's excluded is the already discounted Celtic Myth Collection e-book. No coupon code is needed and it's valid until M/N 30th June 2014 (GMT).

There is also a current promotion of buy a minimum of 3 shawl patterns for a 20% discount (again no coupon needed). This is valid until M/N 31st December 2014 (GMT).

I really hope you enjoy my patterns.

Have a great knitterly time and hope that the sun shines on you until next I post.

Sue x