Two things

I’ve been trying to get to blogging more this year. You can see how well I’ve done so far. Snort. I should have made this two separate blog posts, released on different days, maybe even a week apart, but one they’re both timely now, and will both be late, if I don’t just get on with it. So, here goes, two things:

1. Naming contest

I’ve designed a simple little cowl based on the elegant ogee lace motif, which was no doubt inspired by centuries old architectural details.

This beautiful stitch can be a real bugger to knit flat (ask me how I know!), but everything lines up beautifully, and simply when it is knit in the round. The yarn is the gorgeous Anzula Squishy in Black Cherry. Yum.

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The problem I’m having at this point is that of naming the design. While knitting, I kept thinking that I’d just do a little searching online, find a gorgeous old building with lovely ogees on it, and name the design after that building. What I found was that I had too many choices. I got stuck. I tried again another day. Same result. I tried again a third day, trying to limit my options a bit. Same thing. There are just too many. Do I go for European buildings, Russian, Indian? Maybe I should name it for a beautiful tile design instead. I have no idea.

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Now it’s your turn. Put on your thinking cap. Do some searches. Dig out your favorite books on architecture, or some other topic. Brainstorm. Whatever works for you. Reply to this blog post with your idea for a name for my pattern. This next part is very important: in addition to the name, I want to know why you thought of it, why this design made you think of the name you are suggesting, what inspired you. Here’s another little bit: your name and reason must be left as a comment to this blog post by the time I get up in the morning on March 16, 2015. I live in the Pacific time zone, so that should give most of you the entire weekend, plus Monday morning, or so, maybe, I do sometimes get up at 5 am, so to be certain get your idea(s) posted as a comment to this blog post sooner rather than later. Ideas left on Ravelry, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or anywhere else will not be eligible to win. To recap: winning entries will…

  • Reply to this blog post
  • Include your name suggestion
  • Include your reason for the name suggestion
  • Be posted before I get up in the morning on March 16, 2015

What do you get out of this? Well, the winning entry gets a free pdf of the pattern when I release it. If you’re on Ravelry, I’ll drop it into your Ravelry library. If not, then I’ll email a copy of it to you. Make sure your email address is correct when you make your suggestion. If I love your idea, and can’t get hold of you, you won’t get your free pattern.

2. 80 Skeins

Kimberly Golynskiy came for a brief visit a week or so ago. We talked a bit, she followed me around a bit, and she took a bunch of great photos. Check it out on Kimberly’s blog, Around the World in 80 Skeins. I’ve borrowed one of my favorite photo bits off her blog, to act as a little teaser.

Books and baskets and yarn. Oh my!

Books and baskets and yarn. Oh my!

P.S. In case you’re interested, the steamer trunk belonged to my great aunt Hilda. She was quite the globe trotter in her day, and used this when she traveled all over the world. Aunt Hilda was an inspiration. She was a college English teacher during the school year, and traveled every summer. She was fearless. From the early 1900s through the late 1960s she traveled with a friend, her sister (my grandmother), or alone, and went to exotic ports of call: India, Egypt, Fiji, Japan, various countries in South America, Australia, and extensively throughout Europe. I envy the nurses who cared for her at the end, as they got to hear fabulous stories of her journeys that I had no opportunity to learn about.