Beautiful designs for adventurous knitters

Fountain of Diamonds August 9, 2012

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When I was at DFW Fiber Fest at the end of March, I was commissioned to turn this beautiful skein of bamboo lace from Michelle aka The Fiber Lady into a shawl.

The are a lot of colors in this skein. You can’t see much of it, but there is also some blue and green in addition to the yellow, cream, and pink. That’s a lot of different colors all in one skein. If you’ve ever tried to knit a lace shawl with a variegated yarn, you know that it needs a special pattern.

My first item of business was to find a strongly defined lace pattern. I found the waterlilies stitch pattern in my Haapsalu Shawl book and decided that the simple bold shape would work well when paired with large amounts of stockinette. I like working with diamond shaped stitch motifs because they fit together flat and along the increase lines.

Remember my previous post about shawl shapes? Like I said then, I like shawl shapes other than the traditional triangle. I made this shawl with three triangular wedges so it wraps around further to the front and stays on the shoulders easily. This also gives a flat edge to the back edge. No pointing at your rear end in this shawl. This shape has two increase line that I wanted to disguise in the stockinette, so I added in the nupp edged diamonds along the increase lines. This was my first time working with nupps. I had fun working on them and I love the way they create little colored beads in the variegated yarn.

The shawl finishes off with a more diamonds and a lacy edging.

And oh yeah, there are beads too. Is anyone surprised?

We tried to get some pictures with the fountain in the middle of the lake in the background, but it was way too bright outside. If you look really hard, you can kind of see it in the background of this picture.

We did get other good pictures though.

Fountain of Diamonds uses

• 900 yds/825m Laceweight. Sample shown in Fiber Lady Chiku, 100% bamboo; 4 oz, 1000 yds, in After Dinner Mints
• US sz 3/3.25mm, or size needed to obtain gauge, circular needle
• 754 sz 8/0 beads
• US sz 14/.75mm crochet hook for adding beads
• 12 stitch markers
• yarn needle for weaving in ends

You can purchase Fountain of Diamonds on Ravelry or directly from The Fiber Lady if you see her at a show.


One year of designing! July 31, 2012

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July 15th, 2011 I uploaded my first pattern to Ravelry, Nouveau Beaded Capelet. While that was my first published design, it was not my first completed design. I had already finished knitting and writing Ramona Cowl for Knitscene and Flight of the Bugga socks for Sanguine Gryphon, but they wouldn’t be published until later in the year.

Thus, I have now been designing for over a year. This calls for celebration.

Of course, I didn’t realize that the one year anniversary was coming up until the very end of June. Then I asked on Twitter and in my Ravelry group how we should celebrate. Karen suggested that I design a special pattern. At first I scoffed at the idea of designing, knitting, and releasing a shawl pattern in two weeks. But then the crazy side of my brain took over and started making suggestions.

Crazy Brain (CB): You know, it would be pretty cool to have a special anniversary pattern.

Logical Brain (LB): Yes, but two weeks isn’t much time and I need to still take care of the house and kids. How do I make something that fits with my design aesthetic that I can finish in two weeks? Remember, I’m a slow knitter.

CB: Aww, who needs sleep? Do you remember those purple and green beads that you’ve had for a year now that you’ve been wanting to use? Oh, and that gorgeous dark brown Baruffa Cashwool? They would all look so pretty together.

LB: But I don’t have time. I have other patterns that I’m working on.

CB: You can do it! Beads. Lace. You know you want to…

LB: Well, maybe if I make it a stole… Shaping is the trickiest part.

CB: Now you’re talking! It should have a party theme! Streamers!

LB: Fine, you win. Where’s my graph paper and needles?

And that folks is how I ended up not sleeping for two weeks while I cranked out Merrymaking.


Merrymaking is a stole with pointed ends. Each half is worked from the point to the center, then they are grafted together.


The beaded streamers allow for a lot of customization based on your bead color choices. You can do all the streamers in the same color, use two colors like I did, or even go all out and use four different colors.


I don’t know if you can tell, but we had a lot of fun setting up this photoshoot. Do you know what the best part of having a party themed photoshoot that has a cake as a prop? You get to eat cake afterwards. And if you’ve set up a tea party with crystal and china you should eat the cake on the crystal and china. Yes, these things do come to mind when planning photoshoots. I have to make it worthwhile to my lovely family members who model for me and take the pictures.

I hope you choose Merrymaking to help you celebrate your life soon. Merrymaking is 25% off until August 18th when purchased from Ravelry or my website, no coupon code needed. It is also available on Craftsy.


Silver Bells and Cockle Shells Contest May 19, 2012

Mary, Mary, quite contrary, how does your garden grow?

With Silver Bells and Cockle Shells and merry maids in a row!

Silver Bells and Cockle Shells is my latest shawl pattern. The deep border on this crescent shaped shawl is adapted from an antique edging pattern. I love the complex flowers and fans which remind me of the nursery rhyme. An additional row of flowers are added for each size.


It comes with written and charted instructions for three sizes. This pattern is perfect for using with long striping yarns or Gradiance sets from The Unique Sheep. Instructions are provided for using a Gradiance set as well as for beading the fans of the border.


I am going to give away one copy of the pattern to a lucky winner. In order to enter, comment below with the yarn and beads you would use if you knit this pattern. You can get an additional entry by tweeting about the contest with a link to this page and then commenting to tell me that you tweeted it. Deadline is Wednesday May 23 at 7pm CST. At that time I will use a random number generator and pick the winner. The winner will receive the pattern either via Ravelry or e-mail as they prefer.


I look forward to seeing everyone’s finished shawls.


Lily’s Lilies February 19, 2012

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My newest pattern is an adorable sleeveless dress that I designed for my niece Lily. The dress can be worn year round. In the summer it can be a sundress, and then a jumper paired with a long sleeve shirt and tights in the winter.

The dress is worked flat in one piece. The skirt is knitted sideways from left to right with contrasting short row insets. Then stitches are picked up along the waist and the bodice is knitted from the bottom up. Afterwards, the skirt is grafted and the shoulders and side are seamed up. The dress is finished off with a picot edging along the hem, neckline, and armholes.

The short row gores create a super twirly skirt that will appeal to the heart of every little girl.

I hope you enjoy knitting this dress for the special little girl in your life.

Pattern is available for $6.00 USD.