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!