Friday, August 5, 2011

Three Quarter Time

I remember piano lessons at the wonderful "sponge" age of seven, learning to play the piano under the expert guidance of my teacher, Mrs. Ammons. She would set the metronome to three quarter time for a waltz and watch as I attempted to keep time. Although there are several, very short tunes that my fingers can play, I never mastered the piano. The sound of a waltz still rings in my head and now each time I hear one, the 123 rhythm still soothes my soul. This shawl uses the Estonian Blossom Stitch pattern. Blossoms and leaves intermingle, joining together in a light and lacey waltz. Gradient color from a very pale, light blue to medium to a sultry evening blue produce a striking result. The featured shawl is graciously modeled by my son's lovely and sweet girlfriend, Wendy in the small size. Chart A uses the lightest shade, Charts B, C, D and E are worked in the medium shade and Chart F completes the dance with the darkest shade.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Bragging on Testknitters...

I simply must brag on the wonderful test knitters and tech editor that helped me with this pattern...... This one was done by Jessica....Amazingly gorgeous.
Then Alla, who chose to alter her edging...nicely done and beautiful color.
Next is Kate, my communicater and close friend....I just love the vibrant color and she chose to use slightly larger needles and a fingering weight....Perfectly pretty! And finally, Lotta's version in a Fantastic hazy Incredible example of the pattern.....
Behind the scenes and yet most important of all...Akshata, my wonderfully, patient tech editor....Much gratitude for helping make sure my pattern was acceptable. Many, many hours went into these projects and I am very proud to display them.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

The Blooming Stitch Shawl

Inspired by the peonies and lilies blooming in and around our southern township of Troy, South Carolina, the main stitch pattern is a version of the Blossom Stitch found in many Estonian lace patterns and is expanded and modified for presentation in this pattern. The shawl can be started with either Five or Seven leaves with instructions provided for both styles. Beginning with a provisional cast on, five or seven leaves are produced in this neck down pattern which lead into blooms that cascade and surround the shoulders and back. Increases at each side of this shawl produce a shallow yet elongated style in a semi-circular shape with a slight flare at the wingtips, scallop edging, somewhat crescent shaping and finished with a chain crochet bind off. Once blocked, the lace is pronounced and drapes well to produce a light and delicate shawl. Approximately 575 yards of lace weight yarn is needed for the Five Leaves style as written and is not intended for enlargement. 675 yards are needed for the Seven Leaves style as written and may be enlarged. Enlarging the Seven Leaves style will require additional yardage. This pattern requires no specific gauge but is intended to be knit loosely in either style. Instructions are given in both written and chart form with details on abbreviations and working the pattern to completion. Designer/Sample, Blocking notes and sample photos are included for greater detail. Every effort to produce a pattern free of errors has been made. The featured shawl is of “Honey”, 100% Claudia Hand-painted Silk, and was made by following the instructions for the Five Leaves/ Six Blooms Style. Available through and