Latest Shawls

Between designing my own original lace shawl patterns and adapting German doily designer, Herbert Niebling’s, I enjoy knitting patterns from other designers – especially those whose creativity is also an inspiration for my own work. I also love learning new stitches and constructions.

Here are two shawls I just completed. The first is The Doodler by Stephen West. The construction of this shawl is interesting and fun to knit! I also had a fabulous time coming up with the right color combination of three different yarns – variegated silk/camel Seda de Desierto Grande by Dibadu, dark blue all-silk Robynn, and bronze silk/merino Virginia by Posh Yarn –  and am very pleased with the result.

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This is Tru Wuv by Jane Araújo. It was also my first time knitting with Dye Diana Dye‘s fabulous FlaxenSilk lace in Fresh Mint – a gift from a dear friend. I normally don’t knit with fine lace-weight yarns preferring to stick with heavy lace and fingering weights. But the linen in the FlaxenSilk lace really gives it a stiffer feel making it a joy to knit! Unfortunately, I didn’t enjoy the pattern as much. I am happy with the result but many of the lace patterns didn’t align “logically” making it not as intuitive and impossible to memorize the pattern making it a much slower knit.

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I am currently working on Anne-Lise Maigaard‘s Mystery Knit Along, Green Gables. Anne-Lise is my favorite shawl designer and I can’t wait to be able to share pictures … soon!

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First Shawl Pin Prototypes

After learning the foldforming technique and created a bowl in my metalsmithing class – blog entry on 29 February 2015, and designed a bracelet – blog entry on 1 March 2015, the idea of incorporating the technique for shawl pins lingered until I finally brought it to reality.

Here are two prototypes of the same foldformed shawl pin design direction, in copper with liver-of-sulphur patina:

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Here are pictures of how they are used on a shawl. These are about 4″/10cm long. Next prototypes will besome refinement and shorter versions!

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Aqua / Turquoise!

I needed to make a special thank-you gift – an aqua/turquoise-color silver glass bead/pendant in my Dragon Scale series. Tried a few combinations and two turned out exactly the way I wanted (don’t you love it when a plan comes together as expected?). This also got me thinking about a potential new class for 2017 – how to create different colors using silver glass with non-reactive glass! 😀

This first one is 36mm from hole to hole.

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This second one is a more wearable size at 32mm from hole to hole and was happily received along with the interchangeable necklace!

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New Celestial Beads

A new customer saw my earlier blog on my new series and asked for the exact one that was already spoken for. I don’t do custom order per se but do make more of a certain series by request with no obligation for purchase required. The customer gets first dibs on the new lot. Here are six I made and one is heading to Australia! 😀

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Celestial MKAL

Announcing the first ever Dye Diana Dye / enVision collaboration – the Celestial Mystery Knit Along (MKAL) featuring my lace shawl design and Diana Hughes/Dye Diana Dye‘s yarn – hosted on our Ravelry  enVision group!

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Celestial MKAL

Diana has created four heavenly colorways, Sol, Luna, Mars, and Venus. Each colorway is available in three bases, TussaLin, PurBamboo Heavy Lace, FlaxenSilk Lace, or SilkenSea Lace, and two textures, Edgy (with speckles), or Elegant (without speckles). I have designed my first open-lace shawl – named Diana, the Goddess of the Moon – in a large, ethereal crescent shape.

The pattern and colorways are offered only as a kit until end of September. They will be available as a standalone pattern / individual dye-to-order (DtO) colorway on 1 October. You may elect to purchase more than one skein and/or one colorway (in the event of multiple-kit purchase, the cost of the pattern will be refunded on the second and subsequent kit(s)).

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Schedule
DtO at Dye Diana Dye’s Etsy store (current turnaround time is up to four weeks to dye and ship)
Info pdf – by 30 June (this is when you will receive a copy of the pattern as a gift to your Ravelry library)
Clue 1 – 29 July
Clue 2 – 5 August
Clue 3 – 12 August
Clue 4 – 19 August

For more information and to join our MKAL, visit our enVision group thread on Ravelry!