Now that we have completed our annual MKAL (Mystery Knit A Long) on our Ravelry group, enVision, the full pattern of my latest lace shawl design is released!
Nephthys Shawl is a deep-crescent shaped shawl named after Nephthys: an Egyptian goddess who was the personification of darkness and all that belongs to it and sister to goddess Isis. Nephthys means “lady of the house” but in this case, it’s referred to a house of worship, thus referring to the goddess as being in the role of a priestess rather than a homemaker.
Nephthys is a mostly solid shawl with lace accents and is the result of Hayley’s current love of knitting lace and her early obsession with cables. Nephthys uses approximately 675-750 yards / 615-685 meters for the regular version and 825-1050 yards / 755-960 meters for the large version in fingering-weight yarn. It may also be knitted in heavier weight yarn for a warmer and cozier shawl. Nephthys may be knitted with or without beads.
Sibylle Shawl is a large deep-crescent shaped shawl based on the Herbert Niebling’s pattern of the same name. Sibylle is worked from the top down with increases throughout the body. The original pattern, in half, is a half circle. I added patterns to the two edges for a softer deep-crescent shape. I hope to continue modifying these amazing designs – Sibylle is the fourth one after Quadratische Decke (QD), Pfingstrose (Peony) and her sister, Simply Peony, and Blattkranz (Leaf Wreath) – into a shawl shape with well illustrated charts and clear instructions so more knitters will discover and enjoy the magic of Niebling.
Sibylle uses approximately 985-1020 yards / 900-930 meters of heavy-lace-weight yarns. It may also be knitted in lace-weight yarn (765-820 yards / 700-750 meters) for a more open look, or fingering-weight yarn (1095 yards / 1050 meters) for a denser fabric, and even larger shawl. Sibylle may be knitted with or without beads.
Join us in our Ravelry group, enVision, for a Sibylle knit along this month!
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!
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)).
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
QD – Quadratische Decke Shawlwas my first adaptation of a Herbert Niebling’s pattern. Originally it was a square doily – its name, Quadratische Decke, in German isn’t really a name but a description for it literally means “square doily!”
It started with a Niebling KAL (Knit-along) on the popular fiber site, Ravelry (if you knit, crochet, weave, spin, or dye yarn and aren’t a member, check it out!) Majority of Niebling’s patterns are for doilies and/or table clothes, thus in circular, oval, or square shape. My very first lace shawl, Queen Anne’s Lace, was in a circular shape and not easy to wear as a shawl. Moreover, the old German pattern was not the most user friend, used unusual symbols in the charts, and in the case of Quadratische Decke, riddled with mistakes. So I decided to modify and rechart it into a triangular shape. In addition to changing the shape and creating easy-to-follow charts, I completely reworked the lace edge pattern so the motifs align properly. By popular demand, I published this pattern so more knitters can enjoy knitting this amazing design.
Just did a quick article for an eNewsletter and it was fun writing again. Thus decide it’s time to get back to blogging – and going with a more personal one seems to make sense at this point. Personal as in writing about all the interesting and fun things I have been doing instead of a blog about my personal life…
Let’s start with my latest passion – knitting! After a lifetime of knitting sporadically, I discovered the site Ravelry with its 5 million+ members late 2013. Around the same time, I was introduced to lace knitting in my glass forum, Lampwork etc, when I joined a KAL (knit along) for a circular lace shawl, Queen Anne’s Lace (a free pattern!) What a joy it was especially after knitting alone for decades.
Within two short years, I went from learning how to knit lace to designing lace shawls when my Ravelry friends all wanted me to write up a pattern on my first shawl design. It was aptly named Serendipity!
enVision group was formed and is an active forum … For knitters with discriminating taste for luxury yarns and exceptional patterns, primarily in challenging lace designs.