Serendipitous design inspiration

So, I am a Ravelry member (shakeyourbooties).  Of course.  And I design baby booties (in case you hadn’t noticed).  One of the groups I belong to on Ravelry has a monthly encouragement/discussion thread for WIPs and offers prizes (donated by participants in the thread) for FOs.

Last month I won a prize.  :)

It was a “choose your own book from Amazon up to a certain amount including shipping.”  What a great idea!  I picked this book:

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A picture on the first page I randomly opened it to:

This picture led me to the fabulous Photo Library collection at the Shetland Museum and Archives.  The intersection of libraries and knitting again.  :)

Knitted gansey booties …. hmmmm ….. ?  Swatching has commenced.  :

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Lavaliere

Lavaliere – an ornamental pendant, usually jeweled, worn on a chain around the neck

Cecily Glowik MacDonald’s Lavaliere pattern is a nice lightweight cardigan, worked in one-piece top down.  The neckline & front bands are worked in a smocking pattern – making it somewhat ornamental, I suppose.  Mine is even more elaborate as I ended up doing short rows around the fronts to widen the front bands, then knitting in a lining for the whole band as I didn’t like how it was lying.

Lavaliere cardigan

The result?  Pretty good, I think.

Lavaliere cardigan

 

Details of mods on my Ravelry project page.

Year of mittens – part 1

So for this year’s insane challenge, I’m going to try to knit a pair of (stranded) colourwork mittens every month … in addition to all the regular knitting I normally do.

For starters, I did the Torirot Mystery Mittens January 2014 – now called Den hammelige hagen (The Secret Garden).  Nothing like leaping in at the deep end!  I love a mystery KAL, so it was actually a good way to get started and to pace myself.  They came out pretty well, I think.  They’re a little too long in the hand, and the tension across the colourwork isn’t brilliant, but I’m happy with them.

secret garden mittens

Let’s see if I can actually achieve this particular challenge!