Olympic update

You might remember that I pledged to make a donation to Egale of 50% of my pattern sales during the Olympics. I’m happy to report that I remembered to pay, even if I forgot to tell you about it! I donated $65.00.

And now I’ll tell you about what I *should* have pictures of. I failed to use my camera twice in the last week. The first time I was in my LYS, Yarn Forward in Kanata, and a customer came in wearing a blackĀ Deco Raindrop Scarf with silver beads. She’d added in a lot of extra beads for more bling and it looked fabulous. I didn’t even think of asking to take a picture. And then on the weekend I was at a local seed sale. A past student of my double knitting class had done a hat with an alpaca on it (she have alpacas and grows garlic on her farm). No picture. This week I’ll be all ready with my camera & I doubt anything like this will come up!

I do have a picture of an almost-finished shawl in lace weight that I can show you. I put a little query out on a couple of social networks a few days ago to help me settle on a bead colour: black was the clear winner. The deep red of this yarn (Cascade Yarns Forest Hills Lace) doesn’t show up completely in this picture, but rest assured I’ll be taking better ones soon. I’m slightly worried about my chances for success given that the picture on the Cascade site doesn’t do this colour justice either.

Deco-inspired lace shawl in progress using Cascade Yarns Forest Hills lace and beads

Now I need to sit down for a few hours and whip this pattern into human-readable shape for testing. It’s been knit in fingering weight (< 100g) and lace weight (< 100g) so far and it’s going to have quite a few options for customization (texture vs. lace). I’ve knit both of my samples with a textured body and the shape is echoed in the lace of the border.

I was inspired, once again, by common Art Deco motifs. I keep getting drawn back to borders and trim that have this angles in zig-zags thing going on. I’m doing something similar in lace to what I did in cables in Fast Forward:

Fast Forward: a ribbed scarf in worsted weight yarn with a unique decorative cable

Hopefully I’ll have pictures for you soon, but the March Break starts this weekend and that may impact what I can get done. It’s not looking like we’re going to have spring-like weather for the break, but we’ll do our best to enjoy our time together!

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