GSoY 2012: Design Competition

And the first post of November.

One of the various events at GSoY is the design competition. Last year the theme was Charles Rennie Mackintosh. This year it was a bit different. This year it was Glasgow itself, focusing primarily on the motto and coat of arms of the city. This seemed pretty cool, so figured I should give it a go.

Obviously, this was knitting on a deadline. So it had to be something which fitted the brief and could be completed by the closing date. So what did I do… I decide to knit a blanket… a colourwork blanket. See what I did.  Made things complicated (especially when I spilt red wine on it while it was half done – not recommended!). But it got finished, and  – drumroll please – won both first place in the design competition and also won the People’s Choice award!

kentigern blanket

I also put in a second design, for a simple shawlette with lots of ruffles but based on bird’s wings. That one was rather overshadowed but I still like it.

The plan now is to work on getting both patterns written up and published. The blanket is nearly ready to go, but I want to rework the shawl a bit – I see a lot of test knitting in my future!

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