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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 pieceβ€”fantastic.

thank you all so much.

88 thoughts on “simurgh

  1. Anne: You are so amazing! Another work of beauty. I am gazing in awe. And being a night owl pays off — I get to be comment #2!!

  2. Wow Anne, it’s absolutely gorgeous! I really love the BMFA colors, they really outdid themselves with the Ravens series. And your design compliments the yarn beautifully. That makes like 5 lace shawls of yours I want to knit…provided I ever get this Garden Shawl done!

  3. The shawl is beautiful, and I’m sure I’ll knit it at some point, but Irtfa’a is the next shawl for my needles. That being said, I really want your sweater. Is there a pattern?

  4. I agree with Danielle. Simurgh is indeed a beauty but that sweater looks fab! I want to drop every WIP right now and cast on for it!

  5. Anne- you have outdone yourself with this one. It is truly amazing. Congrats all around.
    and you look so lovely modeling it.
    The completion of these beautiful hand knit designs must bring you such joy. Artistry in motion.

    thanks to David too for his photo shoot (great as always)

  6. oops forgot to say congrats on your sock pattern on… it is awesome to see your name be getting better known πŸ™‚ woo hoo!

  7. I love both the Raven shawls and impressed with how quickly you went from idea to finished work. I have more chance of knitting simurgh, if I could settle on a yarn. I agree that your next published pattern should be the sweater – or let us know where it came from!

  8. Oh, so lovely! The snow backdrop is perfect. I ordered my yarn last week for both Irtfa’a and Simurgh, though only one skein of Geisha. Yesterday when I was looking at the new Knitty, I went first for the ice queen wimple and then looked at the thumbnails of the other patterns and said, “Oooh, those lighthouse gansey socks look interesting.” Surprise, surprise!

  9. Just beautiful!! I can’t believe you have snow, I’m jealous, it’s still in the 50s every day here! I absolutely can’t wait to finish my Simurgh, it will be soon!

  10. Oh Lord….I was trying to resist the temptation….but seeing the stole finished, I think I am going to have to have one. It is Beautiful!!!!!

  11. Yep what everyone else said. It is beautiful and once again you have done a brilliant job! I am in awe of your ability to keep doing it. Simurgh looks beautiful against the snow!

  12. Nice! Looks beautiful against the snow too. And you got plenty of it brought in for the photo shoot too, I see. πŸ™‚

  13. Wow. That’s a crapload of snow. But the wrap!! It is way beautiful!!! And you look great Anne!! Tell David he did a great job on the pics….

  14. You look so elegant and sophisticated! The shawl is so mysterious, mythical, ancient. . .I love it! The picture of the shawl lying on the snow is such a great juxtaposition shot! Who decides the pose? You or David? He’s good! Love your socks on Knitty. Right up my alley–literally! Next?

  15. Gorgeous! And love the pics in this shoot – maybe it’s good it’s snowing so much as it provides such a nice contrast for the shawl! Can you tell us about your skirt? I really like the hem πŸ™‚ Off to see your pattern at Knitty and to order.

    (Oh my, good thing I didn’t start irfta’a…maybe I’ll knit Simurgh.)

  16. So gorgeous! I’m absolutely in love with the stoles and shawls you’ve been designing with the Raven clan. They are so elegant and show off the colorways so beautifully. I know what I’m getting myself for Christmas now πŸ™‚

  17. Gorgeous shawl, marvelous photos and staging… do tell about the sweater and the skirt too, please!

    I’m going to try Simurgh in other bird-related colors. I went stash diving and found some Handmaiden merino 2ply in the colors of a pheasant or a thrush or an ovenbird, beautiful warm browns with some gentle red and orange. This isn’t the phoenix-colored yarn I was thinking of, it is even better.

    Off to buy the pattern now, thanks!

  18. Your work (and the photography, too) just takes my breath away. Fabulous. Some day I might be able to knit this stuff. Might be 90 by then.

  19. OMG! every time I call myself a designer, I flash on your fabulous designs and want to fall to the floor, ala Mike Myers, and intone,

    “I’m not worthy. I’m not worthy.”

    I kneel at the feet of the master (mistress? Gee, that sounds a little racy, doesn’t it? Then again, at our age racy sounds pretty good…)


  20. the stole is absolutely lovely. and since i cannot decide between this or the shawl, i ordered them both. putting off true decision making until later. thank you for your beautiful creations.

  21. Okay- that is absolutely gorgeous! I have been wanting to design a stole very much like that… Nice! Now I don’t have to do the math πŸ˜‰
    Must add to queue…

  22. Anne! I must thank you for making my morning toast so much more enjoyable! And the snow, I can’t think of a more perfect backdrop for a dark stole. A BEAUTIFUL dark stole! I didn’t look, how many people have asked about the lovely sweater and skirt you are wearing?

    You have “got it ON” Sistah! πŸ™‚ Congrats on your latest beauty…

  23. Oh my… so beautiful. I have been holding off on ordering the yarn and pattern for Irtfa’a (since I know if I have them in my hot little hands, all of those other (gift) projects won’t get done anytime soon) and now I’m thinking I might have to add this one to the queue too! Plus, seeing all these beautiful Raven colorways is only adding to my indecision over which ones to get.
    Congrats on the Knitty pattern too!

  24. Mmmm mmmm mmm… I am going to email my husband and tell him I want to find this pattern in my shoes in the morning (for Saint nicholas’ Day).

    Now… to acquire the yarn… πŸ™‚

  25. LOVELY!! You are very talented. Also love love love the sweater! Did you make that too? If so who’s the designer (you?)?

  26. Once again a stunning design.
    I look forward to adding this to my treasure trove of patterns and my “I must Make this” to do list.

    I placed a link to your blog on my LiveJournal, I hope you do not mind. But people deserve to see your work.

    Again, Thank You for sharing your amazing gift.
    You bring great pleasure to so many.

  27. Swoon. It is stunning. I love the purples in it! And the width is perfect (hmmm, maybe I need another one in the Haida colorway? maybe?) It is gorgeous — you just keep outdoing yourself! Thanks again so very much for letting me test knit it — no punishment there, just pure pleasure πŸ™‚

  28. Oh, so pretty! I am really enjoying seeing this particular set of shawls come to fruition. [And your white sweater is lovely as well!] This may have to go onto my Christmas knitting wish list!

  29. Oh wow, it’s gorgeous! I’ll have to knit this one once I finish my Honeybee, which at the rate I’m going, might be sometime this century. I’m so envious of how quickly you can pump out these stoles. Of course, if I would quit obsessively working on socks and mitts, I could probably make some progress on my stole. πŸ˜‰

    The pictures are gorgeous! The black looks great against all the white. David did a great job.

    And wow…look at all that snow!

  30. Well, I knew this pattern would be beautiful, but it is still a joy to see! Maybe I will have to knit BOTH it and the shawl (my fingers just twinged, I wonder why?). I am another one who has to request the sweater pattern, though! Love it!

  31. WOW, it is BEAUTIFUL, especially against the snow background!!! You never seize to amaze me. I am almost finished with my second Irtfa’a.

  32. So beautiful and you look lovely in white – a good way to show off the shawl. Did you knit your sweater as well. What a great pattern that is as well.

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