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Simurgh [SEE moorg] from the persian:
Simurgh or Simorgh also known as Angha is the modern Persian name for a fabulous, benevolent, mythical flying creature. The figure can be found in all periods of Greater Iranian art and literature, and is evident also in the iconography of medieval Armenia, Byzantium and other regions that were within the sphere of Iranian cultural influence. (read more here)

shown in Blue Moon Fiber Arts Geisha, colorway Valkyrie (from the raven clan group), available now at Blue Moon Fiber Arts

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my sincerest thanks to tina for creating the inspiring, beautifully deep Raven Clan colors, and for asking me to design with them; it has been a privilege to work together, and i hope we will again.

and what would we do without our intrepid gluttons for punishment test-knitters? rachael, who test knit the honeybee stole was up for another challenge and tackled simurgh with equal relish. Then there was jocelyn, who whipped through her test knit seemingly at the speed of light. thank you both for your knitting prowess and your attention to detail.

as if that wasn’t enough, another rachel stepped in for a final proofing of the pattern just to make sure everything was kosher; and believe me, it wouldn’t be a finished pattern without her personal touch (wink!).
and josiane contributed the beautiful name that struck just the right chord for this pieceโ€”fantastic.

thank you all so much.

88 thoughts on “simurgh

  1. So beautiful, Anne! I’ve been in a knitting slump for the past few weeks, but this post and your last make me itch to pick up the needles and yarn again. Thanks!

  2. Thanks for sharing so many of these wonderful pictures: it is a feast for the eyes! The snow makes a very pretty background for this piece, and quite a dramatic contrast. The second picture hints at the fact that there is more than black in this yarn, and the sixth one reveals all the depth and the subtlety of the colorway; it makes for a very interesting yarn.
    I must thank you too: I’m extremely honored that you liked the name I suggested and chose it for this stunning piece. I can’t help but feel that there’s a little bit of me in that stole, and that’s quite amazing!
    And I need to know more about that skirt! What is it made of? The bottom part reminds me of a wet-felted scarf I have made a few months ago (I must remember to put up some pictures on the web so that I can show you), and it makes for a great edging! I love it!

  3. Gorgeous, you and the stole! The snow is a perfect backdrop for this photo shoot. The raven colored simurgh just “pops” against all that white and looks so classy.

  4. Wow! Don’t you and the shawl look scrumptious?! Of course I just love snow so that made it even MORE beautiful. I can hardly wait to do it because I will be doing the rectangle instead of the shawl. I love rectangles. I’ll also do the petit since I’m only 5’2″ tall, not that I let that determine the length of things. By the way, I also love O Canada and am waiting eagerly for the pattern for it. I’m also planning on using your idea of the little lace scarves. I just love lace.
    Ann Carpenter in Dallas, Texas

  5. Wow – what a difference between unblocked and blocked. It’s an amazing transformation! I just ordered the little lace scarf – another knit on my list of things I want to do. And I love the new socks on Knitty. Thank you for always making me smile!

  6. That is BEAUTIFUL. And the sweater underneath did not escape my notice. Which pattern is that cabled loveliness?

    You are such the perfect model for your shawls.

  7. That is gorgeous – what an amazing job!

    I had a question for you about the needles you use, you used to mention in your pattern overviews that you used a certain needle, I think they are hand-made but I seem to have lost the link. Can you send it to me?
    Thank you! =)

  8. I think this is my favorite Knitspot photoshoot yet. The black shawl against that white sweater (which is ALSO fab, btw) and the fresh snow… that was inspired! ๐Ÿ™‚

    I would probably need some extra fingers to count the number of gorgeous, intricate, and often large-scale patterns you’ve developed (and knit) this year. I honestly don’t know how you do it! (But I’m so glad that you do.)

  9. Wow! I love it! Pattern purchased and downloaded. (I couldn’t wait. Can you tell?) I know just the person that would love to wear it! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Simurgh looks extra amazing against the snow. Love your sweater, too!

  10. Well, at the risk of repeating myself, it’s really beautiful! You both look fabulous in the snow shots, and the contrast really helps show off the lace pattern.

  11. Simurgh is gorgeous! But I have to confess, I had a hard time focusing on it for being distracted by the fabulous sweater beneath. You look lovely in both.

  12. It’s absolutely gorgeous. And socks on Knitty are wonderful.

    Now, please stop. I cannot keep up with everything I want to knit. ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. I too want to make the sweater and the shawl! Absolutely stunning photos! And more snow today – this is one December that really looks and feels like Christmas weather.

  14. very pretty! i like that you were able to take advantage of the snow for the pics – a perfect contrast. (albeit, a bit chilly for posing…)

  15. That’s really, really entrancing, and it looks so pretty against the snow! (We haven’t had any snow here and I’m a bit envious…) You are a terrific model, too!

  16. She’s a beauty (Love the fifth picture down). I’m so glad you put up the picture of the unblock wrap a post back. It’s very encouraging to see how misshapen and clutzy a lace looks before blocking.

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