I have been planning this post for some time, but life has conspired against me. You see, I decided that it was best to not write a blog post while under the influence of serious pain medication. While that might have been terribly amusing for y’all, it also could be terribly embarrassing pour moi. So I had to wait until I was well on the road to recovery. To avoid providing waaaay too much information, lets just say I had major abdominal surgery.
Sometimes it is about beauty, not warmth.
There are some amazingly talented independent dyers out there and for this project I was lucky enough to work with one of them. I had this idea for this shawl, but I couldn’t find the precise colors that I wanted to work with – enter Hermione Jean Creations. Shannon is the brainchild behind the operation and she was able to take my inspiration photo and develop the colors I needed for this crazy project.
Yep, completely lost it I have.
Actually, it isn’t that bad. Instead of trying to do stranded work, I chose to use mosaic color-work techniques. With mosaic, you are only working with one strand of yarn at any given time – opposing color patterning is created by strategically slipping stitches. This causes the slipped stitches to pull across the line of color and creates patterns. If you can knit stripes & work lace, you can knit this shawl.
Not that I am claiming that it is “easy”, it just isn’t as hard as it looks.
The pattern is not quite ready yet but I decided to have some fun during the month of August – because it is my one year Anniversary of designing! For the month of August Golden Lion Throne is available to pre-order on Ravelry for 25% off the full price. On September 1st the price will be $6. While you will not be able to download the full pattern right now – you will have access to a gauge swatch pattern.
Why, you might ask? Well, there really isn’t any stockinette in the pattern so a stockinette gauge would be utterly useless. To solve this problem I wrote an “in pattern” swatch for y’all. It is a way to test your gauge and practice the not-as-hard-as-it-looks technique at the same time and test out your color choices. Talk about a win/win situation! To add a little sugar to the pot, if you participate in the August Swatch-a-long in my Ravelry “fan” group then you can also get an additional discount for posting a picture of a finished swatch. I’m going crazy I tell you.
It’s an all fancy shot.
There are a few other fun things going on in August in my group. A stitch marker swatch and a Project Progress Party where you can be entered into weekly drawings for a prize. So if you feel like participating, come on over.
If anyone has any questions about the shawl or the mosaic lace technique – feel free to ask in the comments. I will be happy to answer. What do you think of the idea?