Foggy Sunset

Foggy Sunset
Photo by Aisling Doonan

Friday, 29 September 2017

Twirl Scarf and Solstice Shawl Pattern Release

It almost feels like letting these beauties fly free in the wild! I have actually released two patterns! Eeeep! Imagine, doing something I said I would ages ago, alas I am a perfectionist  when it comes to procrastination.

I have to thank my good friend Mairead and designer Marie Wallin, for giving me the shove needed, because otherwise, these two patterns would still be languishing on the computer with no hope of ever being knit again.

I went to a class in the Glen Gallery in County Antrim last November with Mairead and another knitty pal. The class was to knit a beautiful fair isle cowl by Marie Wallin (Nelly Cowl, I completely recommend it, fantastic knit and a stunning cowl at the end of it) and we got to chatting after coffee, as you do...

"Go on, show her your stuff" Mairead is keen.
"Shhh, she'll hear  you" I'm still a little awe struck being in the same room as a real life designer.
"Go on, look Marie, look at what this one can do" Mairead isn't giving up and now Marie has started to look like she expects me show her something fantastic.

I pull out the phone and flick through my photo's (which are a third, kids, a third interesting sunsets and a third knitting related). I mumble incoherently while Marie looks on quietly. Little did I know what she was planning on the spot. 

I gave her my details and she said she'd like to do a feature on me in her newest book (Shetland which was just launched this week for Shetland Wool Week). I think I was a bit dazed, because I smiled and agreed and didn't honestly think anything would come of it. 

I think Mairead made up for the both of us in the excitement stakes, and she made happy noises the whole way home. 

Marie was true to her word though, she asked me for two new designs, both to be knit with Jamieson's Ultra and Ultra Cobweb. I happily obliged and spent many happy weeks last year plotting, planning and knitting. 

And that is how the Solstice Shawl and Twirl Scarf came into being.

Solstice is a top down triangle shawl, knit from a garter stitch tab with a knit on edging. It is knit with cobweb wool and a 2.75mm needle. The lace is a small repeated motif and there is patterning on every row.  The finished shawl measures 64" x 32" and used 806 yards of yarn approx. 

The Twirl Scarf is a long twirly scarf, mimicking the Fibonacci sequence or Golden Ratio. It is knit with 6 colours of Jamieson's Ultra and is knit from the top down with a plain stocking stitch section and a garter stitch lace section. It is finished off with a knit on deep lace edging. The scarf is knit with a 3.5mm needle and used 954 yards approx. It is a less demanding knit but it looks more complicated because of all the different sections.

I really enjoyed the whole process, although none of it felt real until the book landed in the post this week. For anyone who is interested I am on pages 66 - 69 of Shetland! With a lovely write up by Marie and the most spectacular project photos I have ever seen. It is amazing what a professional photographer can do!

Both patterns are now available to buy in my Ravelry Store.

Thank you!!!
Happy knitting


Monday, 4 September 2017

An abundance of shawlettes - Madeleine

Good morning all! It is dark and dreary outside on this September Monday, but I have the scented candles lit and the laptop prepped for a long session, so all is not lost.

The kids are back to school, so I am back to the peace and quiet of the empty house. It is a bit of a novelty to be able to hear myself think, so I am enthusiastically making lots of plans. I spent the Summer holidays knitting a lot of shawlettes and writing up the patterns for them, there are four in total and I will introduce you to them one at a time over the next month.

Firstly, I am very proud to introduce my first design, the Madeleine Shawlette. I recently connected with a very dear friend through Instagram and after realising we share an astronomical amount of things in common, we decided to do a fun postal swap. We made up a little parcel of goodies for each other and posted them off. It was so much fun, choosing little knick knacks and I designed and knit this shawlette for her.

I have a good selection of very beautiful skeins of hand dyed yarns, so is  inspired by them. I chose a soft and silky opalescent blue from Ellie and Ada (hi Laura!) and decided that a top down simple triangle would make the yarn sing.

The design is simple, the body is in stocking stitch, bordered by garter stitch with a garter stitch knit on edging. The pattern is on every other row, so it is a nice relaxing knit. Technically as it is a modular pattern, you could knit it as large as you like, so there are lots of options depending in your chosen yarn.

In order to release this lovely pattern, I will need to get it test knit, so I am asking here, if there are any willing knitters out there who would like to try it?

I will need at least 2 people, one for the written instructions and one for the charted instructions.

I will forward the pdf to your email and we can discuss a finish date, I would be hoping for three weeks time. 

It would be great if you were also on Ravelry, so that I can link your finished project to the pattern page. So you will need photos of the finished shawl too.

The details are:-

Pattern: Madeleine Shawlette by Aisling M Doonan (Rubysasha Designs)
Yarn used: Ellie and Ada Silk Merino Sock yarn, 50% silk, 50% merino, 437 yards per 100g. My shawl used 96g of yarn and 429 yards approx.
Needles: 3.5mm
Finished Dimensions: 48" x 24"
Gauge: 34 rows and 24 stitches in pattern
Notes: Lace pattern is charted and written, and is every other row.

I was eager to use up as much of my skein of yarn as possible, so if you have a limited supply of yarn, you will need to pay particular attention to gauge, so that you don't run out.

And so there she is! If you are interested in test knitting Madeleine, please let me know in the comments or use the comments box and I will get back to you with the pdf. I will have three more shawlettes to share in the next few weeks, so stay tuned.

Until then

Happy knitting