I’ve fallen behind in keeping up with this blog, which is a shame, as it’s something I really enjoy working on. However, I am going to take a current illness as an opportunity and update just a little.
This is Rosa. Rosa is currently out for test knitting, and the pattern will be available in December. I mentioned in passing a few times that I had an idea for an accessories collection. Rosa is not the first item I’ve finished for this collection, but she will be the first released. The other accessories for the collection will be a little delayed due to deadline projects, but the good news is that with Ravelry’s new promotional tools, purchasing Rosa now and the collection later won’t penalize early buyers for their loyalty. I will be able to discount the purchase of Rosa from the cost of the full ebook when it is ready, so you can have your cake and eat it too!
The patterns in the new collection are all named after women I admire for one reason or another. Rosa has a floral pattern and a Spanish feel, but that’s actually sort of coincidental, as the shawl was named after Rosa Parks long before I started it. The yarn is gorgeous Rocky Mountain Dyeworks Bow Falls Fingering, a light fingering weight yarn of Blue Faced Leicester wool. I loved working with the yarn, as the saturated color with just a little variegation revealed new depth and surprises after each row. This is an amazing red – there are at least three separate saturated reds at work here, meaning that the yarn revealed barely visible blues or yellows tinging the main vibrant shade as I knit with it. I used a very simple zig zag lace at the edging to mimic fringe.
It’s been a real pleasure to work on this collection. I’m actually in the midst of the largest project out of the lot – another shawl/wrap, this one quite large and involved – and while it’s taking a little while, I sincerely hope and believe the end result will be worth it. I spent a lot of time on color with this bunch, and I’m glad of it, because color is what tends to keep me tied to a knitting project. I’m already planning more color palettes for the future, just because!