Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Farewell summer - hello new patterns!

Well, summer’s well and truly over here in the grey UK; the sun’s gone, the clouds have rolled back, it keeps blowing a gale; it’s definitely autumn. I shouldn’t gripe really – some of the weather in other parts of the world is really bad at the moment, my heart goes out to you if you’re caught up in any of the flooding or storms that seem to be hitting a lot of the US and parts of Japan at the moment.

Last week I had a nice break from everything, and decided to spend the last week of summer pottering about at home, trying new crafts and reviving some old projects I’d put aside. You can see – and even buy (wink wink) some of the results in my brand-new etsy shop; you’ll find a link in the top right corner of this blog. I’ve been working on some really sweet antique and vintage wooden boxes I’ve been picking up over the last couple of weeks. I’ve been working on things like scratches and finish, repairing them and remodelling them where I have to, and giving them new paper and fabric linings. I’ll have a few of them up for sale in the next few weeks, so do keep your eyes out. I’ve been playing with decoupage lining papers, combining old images to make new ones, which has been a lot of fun, although I did nearly take off the top of my finger with a scalpel. Oh, I suffer for art!

Knitting wise, I have a few new patterns prepared for the Edwardian-themed e-book. They’ll be going into one large collection and a small number of the patterns will also be released individually. The final list of patterns looks like this;

Lavender Fields; long-line ‘quilted’ cardigan or jacket with a wide open collar. I can see myself wearing this to death – it’s soft, heavy and beautifully warm thanks to a clever geometric knit-and-purl pattern with repeats of just five stitches. Perfect mindless knitting!
Emmeline; Long sock with a lace top, ideal for wearing with knee-length boots or under skirts. Made by my mum, an expert sock knitter, the sock could be varied in lots of ways for something really unique.
Alix; lace wrap-around scarflette, for wearing with jackets or cardigans. This has the soft ‘standing’ edge I blogged about earlier in the summer.
Romanov; lace undersleeves or arm warmers in feather-and-shell. Having worn them for the first time, I have to say I’m addicted. So versatile!
Grouse and Partridge; tweed ‘tailored’ scarflette with a snug fit and button fastening. I’m very proud of the simple pattern for this one; finally, solved the problem of my scarf falling down the back of my neck in windy weather!
Hearthstone; Textured pi shawl in DK weight yarn, perfect for nodding off by the fire.  
Miss Murray; buttoned wristlets; these prevent those autumn winds whistling up your coat sleeves! See below for more detail.

There’s a short bolero and a lace shrug still on my needles, which may make it into the final ‘cast list’. And there may be a few extra accessories if I find inspiration strikes between now and publication! I’ve had a lot of fun playing with some of the design elements – short rows, knit-and-purl texture, simple lace, garter stitch sections, and sleeve-to-sleeve construction. I hope everyone else enjoys it as much as I have!

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