Earlier this year I launched a new business, Washtenaw Wool Company, with two friends, Michelle and Heather. We’re having a blast, learning a lot, and watching this seed of an idea grow into something that suits all of our different skills perfectly.
I am aswim with design ideas and lack only for time to make them come alive. I have socks, a pair of fingerless mitts, and at least two shawls partially written up. I’ve designed an entire shawl with the help of Miriam Felton’sLace Shawl Design Craftsy class and the Stitchmastery software. Now I just need to knit it! Ah, time, you fickle friend. Is this the point where designers find test knitters?
I’ve started teaching knitting classes at one of our local yarn stores and privately. Turns out, I really like to teach knitting! I’ve been doing it for years informally, but I am finally embracing the idea that I have something to share with people who don’t know me. I was a little worried before my first class because I did not enjoy teaching snarky freshman Composition at the community college. So kudos to me for not letting that one terrible experience define my relationship to teaching in general.
As my writing time becomes more precious, I feel a visceral tug to connect pen to paper. I am no nube; I know this feeling. It means, “Write more. Something needs to come out.”
Spring this year is slow to arrive. We had thunder and graupel (I learned that word today) this morning. My dreams — mundane and not — continue apace, fed by the energy of busy creativity.
How has the transition between winter and spring been going for you? Please tell me in the comments below.
The grey is here to stay for a few months, but we can combat the blahs with comfort and color.
Designed for Happy Fuzzy Yarn‘s Corrie Sock fingering weight yarn, the Trecolori Shawl is an easy-to-knit textural asymmetrical shawl with a deep border of arrowhead lace. Knit in three colors, Trecolori uses the Fibonacci sequence to make a fun striping pattern.
You can blend your stripes a little if you use a multicolor yarn with two coordinating semisolids, as I did here. “Jane” is a multicolor comprised of pink, orange, and green and I combined it with a semisolid “Peony” pink and “Granny Smith” green.
Happy Fuzzy Yarn released this design in early summer and it has pattern has sold well at shows and online — in fact, I think the paper pattern is headed for its second printing soon.
I don’t have my own Trecolori shawl to keep and wear. I can’t decide what colors to make mine with — I like bright colors, but hot pink is definitely not in my wheelhouse. I’ve always loved the “Enchanted” colorway so maybe I will start there. Or perhaps “Cherry Float”? No, “Moss on Stone.”
I love this pattern! Riin picked the colors and I designed this striped asymmetrical shawl with a deep edging of beehive lace and a simple crochet edge to highlight the new DK Merino yarn base offered by Happy Fuzzy Yarn.
Some patterns fight back in the design process and require a lot of ripping back, swatching, swearing, and finger-crossing. This one was smooth, joyful, easy, and sprang pretty much full-formed without fuss.
If you are the kind of person who loves a big cuddly shawl or scarf, Spring Valley will make you happy too. Happy to knit, happy to wear.
I can’t wait to see what other people do with this pattern — other color combinations, perhaps other weights of yarns. If you are a clever sort of knitter, it would be no big deal to knit this in any weight of yarn so long as you set yourself up with the correct stitch multiple for the lace.