Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Roses, cream, and yardage

So, in my blog post about starting work on getting down from designing to creating this cowl.  Not much to update, other than that one skein of Debbie Bliss BFL Aran (75m/82 yds) apparently makes just under 10 motifs. (9 motifs, with the 10th missing only the final two sc rounds.) It also withstands surprisingly well to frogging, as I discovered with the first square- I ripped it out at least 6 times- and that was just the first two rounds- and despite catching on the loose skin on my fingers and slight shedding, as wool is wont to do, it retained its "newness."  Hopefully it'll block just as well!

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Of wood and roses

I have begun working on a cowl I pictured up last week. Here you've got the sketch of the design, complete with designed outfit:


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The cowl will be crocheted- here you can see the preliminary motifs for it, crocheted yesterday and today:


 
The motif that appears to be slightly larger was the "guinea pig" motif, so to speak- poor thing was frogged and ripped back I don't know how many times.  The yarn is good- Debbie Bliss Blue Faced Leicester Aran. It feels like a DK while working, but as you can see it's most definitely an aran- and so soft!

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Edit 1 February, 2015: pattern is live and downloadable for $3.00 USD at http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/rosewood-cowl.
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There's already a pattern page on Ravelry for this cowl at http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/rosewood-cowl, though of course I have to finish designing this darling before I can add a pattern. ;) It'll likely be $2.00 USD, and I'll be looking for pattern testers once I get to the "just need to weave in loose ends" point. If you're interested in testing, leave a Ravelry comment saying so! Don't worry about commitment- I'll contact anyone who does comment before, to see if they still want to.

Friday, January 25, 2013

A test

more or less to see how this will look. Random link.
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