what’a big project without a little (or a LOT) of agonizing, eh??
well, i might be exaggerating . . . agony is not a word i like to use around my wool; after all, it’s knitting.
ok, so here goes—i’m going to try to explain my “process”. it’s probably gonna sound like a lot of guessing, cuz, you know what?? i DO do a lot of guessing. educated guessing, maybe, but most times there is a lot of trial and error in the process of coming up with the right cohesion of yarn, stitches, scale, and sequence that make up a shawl design. and even then? it might be crap . . .
i started with a bunch of stitchbooks that i was browsing through, and noticed that there were several bee-themed stitches in them. i thought it would be cool to design a shawl around them maybe . . . if i could find the right yarn.
fast-forward about 10 months and anne approaches me about designing something to go with her hand-dyed yarn. she is willing to dye something to match my idea. she sends me samples
so i got started, using all the colors to swatch with
i took a stitch that to me, looks like the texture of a hive . . .
followed it with a swarm of bees, heading out from the hive for the fields
all the while, i am totally enamored of this dainty edge
after the bee swarm, i added a third tier of alternating panels. i worked three different combinations, because i’m still not completely decided on which pairing is best
there is bee and honeycomb
bee and flower
or, bee and grass waving in the wind
here are some composite shots
i like the progression from the center out in this first one, just not sure of the panel combo . . .
i like the progression here too, but i’m pretty sure i don’t like the honeyb mesh in between the bee panels.
it’s very light and pretty in the sunlight, but doesn’t allow the bee panel edges to hold their shape . . . (i KNOW!! so many things to consider!)
then there is this one. the progression is wrong, but i like the panel combination. only thing is, that alternating fern pattern has been used in several other shawls, and i don’t like to be repetitive.
so, here’s what i’ve decided on the yarn colors
i’ll be knitting it in the greeny-yellow, and the kit will also be offered in the honey-gold.
question for you: what size do you like in a triangle shawl? i am always torn about shawl size. i notice that a lot of patterns in magazines are quite small, but is that what you prefer? or do you like something that is a little larger and stays onthe shoulders better?
i usually write my patterns for a larger shawl, and figure that the knitter can make it smaller by using finer yarn and smaller needles. also, i often include two sizes.
but are they still too big? tell me what size is your favorite . . .