It’s been almost 8 days since I posted last – shame on me and this new blog I should be updating minimum of 3 times a week, but forgive, it’s been busy and crazy and fun around here with the dispatch of our latest SSA (Sushi Shawl Along) our 7th to date.
The SSA consists of a unique sushi sock roll, dyed in graduating tones of colour to reflect a ‘theme’ or thought I’ve had, SSA7 was slightly different in that the pattern that accompanied it this time was designed by a guest designer and not myself.
I’ll be updating the blog with a ‘Spoilers post’ and links to the designer later in the week, but not before our UK members have received their packages.
Today let me share some other excitement with you, well it’s exciting for me anyway, it’s one of the things that still makes my heart flutter when I see it, it’s my designs in print. It’s a real treat for me to think that I’ve made it as far as one of the delicious Knitting publications on the market today.
Last month, The Knitter Magazine published one of my designs, YAY! The pattern in question, when submitted to the design team for consideration was in fact a design for a mens garment named ‘Botany’. But the team at the Knitter saw more potential in the design than I had, and asked me if I could recreate a more feminine version of the design in more subtle tones, I thought about it and agreed, that was almost 1 year ago ( seriously guys, from submission to completion and publication can take an eternity ).
Well finally the issue arrived, issue 35 for anyone wanting to grab a copy, and it’s a beautiful issue, full of gorgeous designs, and I am so proud to have ‘Floriana’ included in it. The yarn used in the pattern is Debbie Bliss Rialto, but I am currently dyeing up some of my own yarns into ‘sets’ to try out a more ‘easyknits’ colour explosion version, and I am still planning a gentleman’s version for myself too.
The intarsia motif was originally take from a photograph of a blue poppy, which I sketched and re-drew as an abstract image before charting it to fit a full sized garment, having never worked with intarsia before I have to admit to being totally surprised at how quickly it knit up, and how much fun it was to see the image from the chart grow in the knit.
And that’s it for today folks, back soon with more 😀
Images courtesy of The Knitter Magazine.