New Pattern: Nahant Stole/Scarf

Who loves handspun? I do! I’m pleased to share this new design via Knitty.com.

I give you … Nahant!

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I read about fractal spinning and had to try it out. Like magic, colorful high-contrast fiber fluff became self-striping-ish prismatic handspun. I absolutely adored the finished yarn, but it needed to be knit up into something special.

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Pattern searches left me unsatisfied — the only solution was to design the perfect stole. My requirements: mostly stockinette, with just enough pattern to keep my interest without distracting from the colorful yarn.

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Nahant highlights the color changes of my fractal handspun with a subtle leaf pattern that doesn’t fight for attention. Knit on the bias, it resists curling. Use any weight yarn (just choose the appropriate needle), and make it as wide or as narrow as you like. Length is flexible too, so you can make the most of that precious handspun yarn.

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Extra thanks to Donna (who helped me get photos at Nahant Beach for submission to Knitty) and Rebecka (who modeled “springier” pictures for me, as per Knitty’s quite reasonable request).

 

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New Pattern: Rapid Eye Movement Wrap/Cowl

This design has been in the works for more than a year!  I’m pleased to bring you Rapid Eye Movement — a wrap, or a cowl, or a little bit of both:

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Many thanks to Dream in Color for their generous yarn support, excellent photography, and pattern layout! Rapid Eye Movement is part of the upcoming “Duets Collection” — kits will be sold through local yarn shops starting in early 2015.  (Ask yours to carry the kits!)

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This shape of this design is inspired by the rhythms of dreaming. Sleepers alternate between periods of deep sleep and periods of lighter Rapid Eye Movement sleep. REM sleep is associated with creativity, learning, memory, and dreams. Coincidentally, my initials growing up were REM. I shared this monogram with my Grandpa, who is a philosopher, a doctor, and a maker of things. I learned a lot about creative thinking and science from him; he’s always encouraged me to dream big.

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This design uses alternating rings DIC Classy with Cashmere and Wisp. The Classy forms the arches of the wrap, and gathers the Wisp ruching together at three equally spaced locations. The wrap can be worn with one set of gathers at one shoulder for an asymmetrical look, or doubled up as a cowl. I would suggest a dark tonal colorway for the Classy-with-Cashmere, and a lighter, more variegated colorway for the Wisp.

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NEW pattern: Pendula

Introducing Pendula!

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Interesting story … you may have noticed a distinct similarity between the main motif of Pendula and Flywheel.  If so, good eye!  Some fellow knitters at the Hub Mills knit night admired Flywheel, but bemoaned its general triangularity. They opined that a rectangular version featuring the first motif on Flywheel would suit them most admirably. I agreed to adapt the pattern for them, in return for their mad sample-knitting skills. Thus, I bring you two versions of Pendula, thanks to Jane and Kim — for the first time ever, I didn’t knit the sample for one of my patterns!  (I did knit an enormous swatch to make sure the charts worked, natch.)

PatternPendula

DesignerRachel Henry

Available:  $6 on Ravelry

YarnCEY Firefly in #7734 Vivid Violet and #7774 Parakeet Lagoon

This stole is worked in two halves beginning in the center with a provisional cast on. A series of dramatic pendula extend towards the edges, culminating in an explosion of lace. This pattern is easily adapted to almost any desired width and length. Complex patterning and several unusual stitches make this an interesting pattern for ambitious intermediate knitters.

Pendula is fully charted; no written translation of the charts is provided.

 

 

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FO Friday: Firebird Rhea Silvia

I finished, finally! 🙂 I give you … a very BRIGHTLY colored cowl/wrap:

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Project: Firebird Rhea Silvia

Pattern: Rhea Silvia

Designer: Sara Morris

Available: $6 on Ravelry

Yarn: A Hundred Ravens Iachos in “Midst Her Fires”

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Two skeins of Iachos ends up being not quite enough yarn for a Rhea Silvia.  If I’d read the pattern thoroughly, I would have know this. Instead, I got caught off guard … fortunately, I was able to bind off a row or three early on both edges, and it still looks pretty good.  Even with blocking, I’m finding the border flares more than I like.  If I make another Rhea Silvia, I’ll probably decrease more when transitioning from the cabled body to the border in order to limit/eliminate this flare.

That said, I’m delighted with the end product! Kate’s yarn shines (glows, even!) in this pattern. The striping and pooling of hand-dyed yarn can be SO much fun!  I’ve been wearing it doubled-up (see below) and getting lots of compliments.

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