Monthly Archives: June 2014

Pattern Release: Nell

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Nell was released earlier this week, and can be found in my Ravelry store here, with a special 25% discount up until midnight GMT on Tuesday 1st July.

The pattern is written to use 200 g of DK weight yarn. I made two versions, one in Babylonglegs Semi~Precious DK merino/silk blend in Auld Gold; and a pink version (which I’ve blogged about before) in Rowan Luxury Cotton DK in Slipper. I love both versions equally – the pink for the cool heaviness of the yarn, and the gold for the depth of colour and sheen. As a design, I’m so pleased with how it turned out.

The construction of the shawl is easy – the body is knit in garter stitch, and the pleated edging is knit on sideways to the live body stitches, and shaped with short rows, but even so, there’s nothing particularly complicated in the execution of it, which makes this a suitable project for beginners wanting to challenge themselves.

I’ve organised a KAL (knitalong) in my Ravelry group (yes, I went ahead and created my own group), starting on Tuesday 1st July. Sign-ups are here. Participants uploading a photo of their finished shawl by 17th August will be entered into a prize draw – I have some yarn to give away and hopefully a few other little goodies.

What are you waiting for? Come and sign up!

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Vision Realised

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Here she is in all her glory, my Nell. I am so pleased with how she’s turned out – 50″ from tip to tip and 22″ in depth down the centre spine.

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We had a beautifully warm and sunny day here today, and I was lucky enough to be able to get a few pictures. Unfortunately, I was home alone and so couldn’t get any modelled shots, but I have plans to rectify that at some point during the week. The pattern is almost ready for publication – it’s been tech edited, and I’m just waiting for my fantastic test knitters to complete their shawls before I go live.

I’m going to look at starting my own Ravelry group this week – I’ve decided to run a KAL for Nell starting later this month. I spent a couple of hours earlier today remaking my logo – I decided to go for a complete change. I made it in Inkscape though, and my Inkscape skills aren’t really up to much as yet … we’ll see whether it translates across at a high enough quality into my patterns.

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That brings me to my next project … I’ve started swatching for an idea I had last night for a light and airy tunic in two colours. The yarn I have in mind is recommended for use with 4 mm needles, but I’m swatching with 8 mm. I’m not sure this will work, but I’m going to try and figure it out anyway!

More About Nell

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Here’s a much better picture of my soon-to-be-released design, Nell – superbly and glamorously modelled by my Mum. The pattern has been tech edited, and a test knit is nearing completion. As the yarn I used for the prototype is discontinued, I’m halfway through another one, this time using Babylonglegs Semi~Precious DK in Auld Gold, a lovely merino/silk blend which has been lurking in my stash for quite some time now. I’m hoping to be able to release the pattern in the next week or so, providing I can find an able and willing model for some proper and decent photographs in the meantime. I’ve come to the conclusion that I much prefer to take pictures of someone else wearing my designs rather than myself … plus it means I can then concentrate on getting the style of photographs I want.

KAL Alert!

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I’ve recently finished a test knit for my favourite designer, Madeleine Nilsson, for her newest pattern, Leksak Lady. Although I truly love every one of the half a dozen or so of her fabulous designs that I’ve test knit or just knit for my own enjoyment, this one has to be my favourite …

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And now you can knit one too! Madeleine is hosting a knit along in her Ravelry group, starting on Monday 9th June.

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This is such an easy pattern, and relatively fast to knit too. I absolutely love the length, and I can see this being perfect to wear with anything for any occasion. Now all I need is to find some stash yarn so I can make another one during the KAL.

Go on, sign up … you know you want to!