Ardelia

Introducing my newest shawl – Ardelia!

This is my third collaboration with Selena Miskin of the Sweater Sisters and Wayfaring Yarns Designs (along with Orinda and Antenor).

This top-down semi-circular shawl has bold botanically-themed motifs, using Brioche and Lace stitches to create the effect. I-cord edging gives a clean, crisp finish and the tassels add a fun finishing touch. The shawl uses two yarns for the Brioche sections, with the Lace edging using the main colour only.

Speaking for myself (and probably a fair number of other knitters, crocheters and yarn/fibre-based crafters), I have a habit of acquiring many different single or paired skeins in similar weights in pretty much the exact same colour families. The idea of creating a design which could combine similar colour ways despite different yarn bases and weights is one I have had for some time – using the texture and weight of the yarn to help enhance the pattern rather than relying purely on the colours themselves.

Brioche is a natural option for such adventures, and in particular, pairs itself beautifully with mohair/silk lace weights.

The shawl uses two of Selena’s own Wayfaring YarnsSophia – a lace weight mohair/silk blend, and the newest yarn in her collection, Europa – a merino/mohair single ply fingering weight yarn. The combination is fabulous, with the sheen of the merino and silk, when paired with the halo of the mohair creating a glorious glowing, slightly ethereal effect.

Like my previous shawls from my Sweater Sister collaborations, Ardelia is named for another member of Katherine Philip’s ‘Society of Friendship’ – her literary and artistic group who used pastoral and classically-inspired pseudonyms in their letters and other social interactions in the seventeenth century. Ardelia, is the pen-name of Mary Harvey, later Lady Mary Dering, who was one of Philip’s oldest and dearest friends. Lady Dering was known for her musical compositions, becoming the first woman in England to have her music published under her own name.

Where to Buy

Use the coupon code ladymary at checkout on both PayHip and Ravelry for 25% off the pattern price until 23:59 (BST), July 31st, 2020.

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Sweater Sisters

The shawl is available as a full kit, comprising pattern, two skeins of Europa and one skein of Sophia from Sweater Sisters.com.

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There are multiple colour options (available as of July 11th, 2020; subject to change due to availability):

  • Catoctin – a warm, dusty red
  • Sundance – a soft blue-purple
  • Naples – a rich, golden yellow
  • Pink Sands Beach – a soft rose
  • Myrtle Beach – a rich bright green (used for the original sample)
  • Portobello Road – a bright light green

Also Available

The pattern is also available via LoveCrafts:

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Materials
1246.5 yds / 1140 m yarn in two weights:
787.5 yds / 720 m Fingering weight yarn (MC)
458 yds / 420 m Lace weight yarn (CC)

3 mm / US 2.5 circular needles
3.5 mm or 4 mm / US 4 or 6 circular needles or DPNs (optional for i-cord bind off)
Waste yarn
Stitch markers (2, more can be used to distinguish between pattern repeats if preferred)
4 “ / 10 cm square piece of card or tassel maker
Scissors Tapestry needle
Blocking wires / pins

 

Gauge
20 sts x 22 rows in two colour Brioche rib on 3 mm / US 2.5 needles, after blocking
24 sts x 36 rows in stocking stitch, using MC on 3 mm / US 2.5 needles, after blocking

Size
48 x 30 “ / 122 x 76 cm, excluding tassels.

 

Notes
Yarn & Colour Choice
The pattern was originally designed to utilise coordinating yarns in two different weights (fingering and lace), with the original sample worked in the same colourway over two different yarn bases. However, if desired the pattern can be worked in a one or two fingering weight colourways. Please note that yarn usage and the finished size of the shawl may vary.

So much for Grand Plans

I had a lot of grand plans to revamp the blog and get back in the habit of posting more regularly both here and on my other social media channels, but well… life sort of got in the way. (But in a good way).

 

If you follow me on Twitter you may have seen back in February that I announced I had a new job. Now technically it isn’t a ‘new’ job, as I’ve been working as freelancer in that role for a few years already but now I’m a proper permanent member of the team which is absolutely awesome. And I still get to work with Lego for a living. Seriously. Yes that is a job. Honest.

In the run up to Christmas last year and for the first couple of months of 2018, things have been very busy at the office, as well as being on the road (with our touring exhibitions) a lot more.

 

Since I’d managed to completely miss the fresh start of January for the revamp (who needs new year’s resolutions anyway?), I had decided to relaunch things at the start of March. However, the Beast from the East had other plans. This meant that the work trip near Middlesborough got extended rather unexpectedly when the A1 was closed due to snow. Basically I was stuck at our lodgings (a pub!) for a couple of days, meaning I completely missed the start of the month.

So, albeit slightly delayed, the relaunch starts here!

So what to expect in the coming year?

Patterns

I have new patterns coming out very soon! I started working on the second part of A Love Like Salt last summer, and the first two patterns from the ‘South’ mini-collection should be released in the next couple of weeks.

I also have a number of new releases coming out this year with some amazing partners, and I’m really looking forward to sharing these with you when I can.

I also have some previously published designs with the rights reverting to me very soon, and I’ll be releasing these when they become available.

Instagram Challenges

I love all the challenges you see on Instagram, but I’ve resigned myself to be absolutely terrible at actually managing to participate. I manage the first two or three days, and then completely fail to post anything else.

So this year I decided to try something a bit different, and set my own challenge but on a much more relaxed and flexible basis. I’ll be blogging about that soon!

Teaching

Obviously with the new job, I’ve had to put my knitting classes on a hiatus at the moment. Once things get bit more settled I’m hoping to continue offering a (slightly-reduced) range of classes. I’ll add updates once these get worked out.

Out and About

I’m hoping to attend a lot more yarn events this year as a general visitor, so if you see me and want to say hello, please do! I’ll be providing information on here and on Twitter/Instagram about where I’ll be.

Zelle

Last but not least we have Zelle! A super-textured slip stitch/linen stitch pair of fingerless mittens. With two cuff lengths and a choice of five sizes (XS-XL) these mittens are perfect for both men and women.

Zelle is named for the peat salt from the northern coasts of Europe, and the textured stitch picks up on the vegetable matter that forms the peat. They are lovely and cosy, and since they are knitted in Aran weight yarn - they are quick to knit too!

Samples (M) shown use Old Maiden Aunt 100% Superwash Bluefaced Leicester Aran, in the Mudder’s Milk colour way (Long), and Rowan Fine Art Aran, in the Bachata (0551) colour way (Short).

Materials
65 (80, 95, 110, 125) {100 (120, 140, 160, 180)} yds / 59.5 (73, 87, 100.5, 114.5) {91.5 (110, 128, 146.5, 165.5)} m Aran weight yarn

5 mm / US 8 circular needle or DPNs
Stitch markers (2)
Tapestry needle
Waste yarn or stitch holder

Gauge
18 sts x 30 rnds = 4 ” / 10 cm in broken rib.
18 sts x 34 rnds = 4 “ / 10 cm in pattern stitch.

Sizes
XS (S, M, L, XL).
To fit cuff circumference 5 (5.75, 6.5, 7.5, 8.5) “ / 12.75 (14.5, 16.5, 19, 21.5) cm.
To fit hand circumference 6 (7, 8, 9, 10) “/ 15 (18, 20.5, 23, 25.5) cm. (Approx. 1 “ / 2.5 cm negative ease).
Length 7 (7, 7, 8, 8) {9 (9, 9, 10, 10)} “ / 18 (18, 18, 20.5, 20.5) {23 (23, 23, 25.5, 25.5)} cm.


The individual pattern will be able to purchase online from June 10th, 2017 (£4.50 GBP).

A Love Like Salt: North

"Once upon a time, in a kingdom far far away…”

Although there are many fairytales, A Love like Salt is perhaps not one of the better known - yet the variations of the story are found all over the world. This collection draws on the fairy tale as a starting point, but delves into the history and culture of salt as inspiration for these patterns.

Comprising of 6 patterns, the collection is currently available to pre-order either as a e-book, or as a paper copy+e-book - information on how to order is given below.

The collection will be released digitally on June 10th, 2017.

If you would like to pre-order the e-book only, this can be purchased via Ravelry (for the discounted price of £10).

If you would like to pre-order the paper copy+e-book for (the discounted price of £12 plus P&P), please click here. Pre-orders for paper copies closes May 31st, 2017), and the paper copies of the book will be shipped on June 15th, 2017.

(Prices on full release: e-book only £12.00, paper copy+e-book £13.50 plus P&P).

Salaka

Named for a fish, Salaka is a top down textured and cabled sock, with a traditional heel flap and gusset. The interlocking cables produce a stylised fish tail motif, drawing on the way the fish were stored for pickling in barrels - all tightly packed in layers, with the tails sticking up.

Available in 3 sizes (S / M / L - 56, 64, 72 st options), the socks have both written instructions and charts. Both the left and right socks are worked identically until the heel flap, where symmetrical motifs are used to create the finished effect.

The pattern suits solid, semi-solid and variegated colour ways.

Sample shown (Medium) in Rusty Ferret Doll 4ply, in The Dark Below colour way.

Materials
300-437 yds / 274.5-400 m fingering weight yarn

2.25 mm / US 1 circular needles or DPNs
Stitch markers (3)
Cable needle
Tapestry needle

Gauge
8 sts x 12 rows = 1 “ / 2.5 cm in stocking stitch in the rnd.

Sizes
S (M, L).
To fit foot circumference approx. 7.5 (8.5, 9.5) “ / 19 (21.5, 24) cm.
Leg length from cuff to base of heel flap approx. 9.5 “ / 24 cm.


The individual pattern will be able to purchase online from June 10th, 2017 (£3.50 GBP).

A Love Like Salt: North

"Once upon a time, in a kingdom far far away…”

Although there are many fairytales, A Love like Salt is perhaps not one of the better known - yet the variations of the story are found all over the world. This collection draws on the fairy tale as a starting point, but delves into the history and culture of salt as inspiration for these patterns.

Comprising of 6 patterns, the collection is currently available to pre-order either as a e-book, or as a paper copy+e-book - information on how to order is given below.

The collection will be released digitally on June 10th, 2017.

If you would like to pre-order the e-book only, this can be purchased via Ravelry (for the discounted price of £10).

If you would like to pre-order the paper copy+e-book for (the discounted price of £12 plus P&P), please click here. Pre-orders for paper copies closes May 31st, 2017), and the paper copies of the book will be shipped on June 15th, 2017.

(Prices on full release: e-book only £12.00, paper copy+e-book £13.50 plus P&P).

Guérande

Guérande lies on the Brittany coastline, and has been an area connected with salt production for a very long time. The salt, produced by evaporating seawater in a sequence of tidal pools, is famed for its colour as much as its quality. The workers, paludiers, rake up the drying salt, mixing in mud and algae with the finished product.

The shawl is a deep crescent shawl, with a subtle textured finish. The delicate slipped stitch edging echoes the paludiers’ rakes, drawing lines through the salt.

The shawl has a variety of options: two sizes (Small / Large), and three colour versions are included:

- Single Colour Version with Accenting Colour Ways: a single yarn colour is used for the body of the shawl, with one or two additional colours used for the slip stitch edging (and cast off if desired).
- Colour Block Version: Broad stripes of colour (five on the small version, seven on the large), with contrasting slip stitch edging.
- Gradient Version: Multiple colours are used (four on the small version, five on the large) to create a shifting colour scheme, with sections alternating between using one colour and two. Again, contrasting colours are used for the slip stitch edging.

Samples shown use (Small / Single Colour) Bilum Slika and Ginger’s Hand Dyed Splendor 4 Ply, and (Large / Colour Block & Gradient) Jamieson & Smith 2 Ply Jumper Weight (for full details on colours / yarns used please see images below).

Materials
487 - 1640 yds / 446 - 1499.5 m fingering weight / 4 ply yarn. For the specific yarn requirements, please refer to the colour options shown in the accompanying pictures.

4.5 mm / US 7 needles
Tapestry needle

Gauge
22 sts x 24 rows = 4 “ / 10 cm in broken rib worked flat before blocking.

Sizes
Small (Large)
Width 56 (79) “ / 142 (200.5) cm.
Depth 17 (26) “/ 43 (66) cm.


The individual pattern will be able to purchase online from June 10th, 2017 (£4.50 GBP).

A Love Like Salt: North

"Once upon a time, in a kingdom far far away…”

Although there are many fairytales, A Love like Salt is perhaps not one of the better known - yet the variations of the story are found all over the world. This collection draws on the fairy tale as a starting point, but delves into the history and culture of salt as inspiration for these patterns.

Comprising of 6 patterns, the collection is currently available to pre-order either as a e-book, or as a paper copy+e-book - information on how to order is given below.

The collection will be released digitally on June 10th, 2017.

If you would like to pre-order the e-book only, this can be purchased via Ravelry (for the discounted price of £10).

If you would like to pre-order the paper copy+e-book for (the discounted price of £12 plus P&P), please click here. Pre-orders for paper copies closes May 31st, 2017), and the paper copies of the book will be shipped on June 15th, 2017.

(Prices on full release: e-book only £12.00, paper copy+e-book £13.50 plus P&P).

Hallein Hat

The final part of the Hallein set is the hat. Like the other pieces, this is inspired the textiles found in ancient archaeological deposits within the salt mines of Austria. It uses a textured rib to create a deep brim, and the slip stitch pattern for the body of the hat. The crown decreases are fully charted in pattern, creating a crisp, clean finish.

Suitable for men and women, the hat has a flattering, slightly slouchy fit.

Sample shown (size M) uses Ginger’s Hand Dyed Sheepish DK in the ‘Sound & Fury,’ and ‘Muddy Paws’ colour ways.

This hat matches the Hallein Wrist Warmers and the Hallein Cowl.

Materials
120 (150, 175, 210, 240) yds / 110 (137, 160, 192, 219.5) m DK weight yarn, in two shades
MC 75 (95, 110, 130, 150) yds / 69 (87, 100.5, 119, 137) m
CC 45 (55, 65, 80, 90) yds / 41.5 (50.5, 59.5, 73, 82.5) m

3.5 mm / US 4 circular needle or DPNs
4 mm / US 6 circular needle or DPNs
Stitch marker (1)
Tapestry needle

Gauge
21 sts x 38 rows = 4 “ / 10 cm in broken rib pattern in the rnd, on the smaller needles.
24 sts x 36 rows = 4 “ / 10 cm in slip stitch pattern in the rnd, on the larger needles.

Sizes
XS (S, M, L, XL)
Circumference (Brim, un-stretched) 11.5 (14, 16, 18, 20.5) “ / 29.25 (35.5, 41, 46, 52) cm. To fit head circumference 16 (18, 20, 22, 24) “ / 41 (46, 51, 56, 61) cm.
Circumference (Body) 14 (16, 18, 20, 22) “ / 35.5 (41, 46, 51, 56) cm.
Height (Brim-Crown) 9.25 (9.75, 10.25, 10.5, 11) “ / 23.5 (25, 26, 27, 28) cm.


The individual pattern will be able to purchase online from June 10th, 2017 (£3 GBP).

A Love Like Salt: North

"Once upon a time, in a kingdom far far away…”

Although there are many fairytales, A Love like Salt is perhaps not one of the better known - yet the variations of the story are found all over the world. This collection draws on the fairy tale as a starting point, but delves into the history and culture of salt as inspiration for these patterns.

Comprising of 6 patterns, the collection is currently available to pre-order either as a e-book, or as a paper copy+e-book - information on how to order is given below.

The collection will be released digitally on June 10th, 2017.

If you would like to pre-order the e-book only, this can be purchased via Ravelry (for the discounted price of £10).

If you would like to pre-order the paper copy+e-book for (the discounted price of £12 plus P&P), please click here. Pre-orders for paper copies closes May 31st, 2017), and the paper copies of the book will be shipped on June 15th, 2017.

(Prices on full release: e-book only £12.00, paper copy+e-book £13.50 plus P&P).

Hallein Wrist Warmers

Like the Hallein Cowl, this matching pair of wrist warmers is inspired by the Austrian salt mines. Using the same textured rib and slip stitch motif, these warmers can be made with a choice of two different fits - Fitted for a neat, snug fit, or Slouchy for a more relaxed, casual finish. The small integrated thumb holes mean that if desired, they can be worn as plain arm warmers instead.

Samples (Fitted, size S, and Slouchy, size M) shown use Ginger’s Hand Dyed Sheepish DK, in the 'Sound & Fury', and 'Muddy Paws' colour ways.

These wrist warmers match the Hallein Hat and the Hallein Cowl.

Materials
125 (155, 185) {160 (185, 215)} yds / 114.5 (142, 169) {146.5 (169, 196.5)} m DK weight yarn, in two shades:
MC 75 (90, 110) {95 (110, 130)} yds / 68.5 (82, 100.5) {87 (100.5, 119)} m
CC 50 (65, 75) {65 (75, 85)} yds / 46 (59.5, 68.5) {59.5 (68.5, 78)} m
4 mm / US 6 circular needle or DPNs
4 mm / US 6 crochet hook
Stitch marker (1)
Tapestry needle

Gauge
20 sts x 32 rnds = 4 “ / 10 cm in broken rib pattern in the rnd.
24 sts x 36 rnds = 4 “ / 10 cm in slip stitch pattern in the rnd.

Sizes
S (M, L). Fitted Slouchy.
Cuff circumference 6 (7, 8.5) “ / 15 (18.5, 21.5) cm.
Hand circumference 6 (7.5, 8.5) {8.5, 10, 11.5} “ / 15 (19, 21.5) {21.5, 25, 29} cm Length 9 (9, 9) “ / 23 (23, 23) cm.
Thumb Hole Circumference 2 (2, 2) “ / 5 (5, 5) cm.


The individual pattern will be available to purchase online from June 10th, 2017 (£3.00 GBP).

A Love Like Salt: North

"Once upon a time, in a kingdom far far away…”

Although there are many fairytales, A Love like Salt is perhaps not one of the better known - yet the variations of the story are found all over the world. This collection draws on the fairy tale as a starting point, but delves into the history and culture of salt as inspiration for these patterns.

Comprising of 6 patterns, the collection is currently available to pre-order either as a e-book, or as a paper copy+e-book - information on how to order is given below.

The collection will be released digitally on June 10th, 2017.

If you would like to pre-order the e-book only, this can be purchased via Ravelry (for the discounted price of £10).

If you would like to pre-order the paper copy+e-book for (the discounted price of £12 plus P&P), please click here. Pre-orders for paper copies closes May 31st, 2017), and the paper copies of the book will be shipped on June 15th, 2017.

(Prices on full release: e-book only £12.00, paper copy+e-book £13.50 plus P&P).

Hallein Cowl

The first pattern in the collection is inspired by the salt mines of Austria, namely the city of Hallein. The mines have yielded some interesting archaeological discoveries, including cloth - with a plaid pattern.

The Hallein Cowl is a two colour pattern, using either DK (or Aran) weight yarn. It combines textured rib, with a two colour slip stitch pattern that is perfect for beginners unused to working with multiple yarns at the same time - only one colour is used per row. Two lengths are available: the short version create a neat close-fitting cowl, which is perfect for tucking into a jacket collar. The long version can be worn doubled around the neck for extra cosiness.

Samples shown use Ginger’s Hand Dyed Sheepish DK, in the Sound & Fury, and Muddy Paws colour ways (Short), and Brigantia Luxury Aran, in the Gunmetal Grey (796) and Natural (101) colour ways (Long).
The cowl co-ordinates with the Hallein Hat and the Hallein Wrist Warmers.

Materials
225 (595) {275 (705)} yds / 206 (544) {251.5 (645)} DK {Aran} weight yarn in two shades:
MC 150 (400) {185 (480)} yds / 137 (366) {169 (439)} m
CC 75 (195) {90 (225)} yds / 69 (178) {82.5 (206)} m

4.5 mm {5 mm} / US 7 {US 8} circular needle or DPNs

Stitch marker (1)
Tapestry needle

Gauge
20 {18} sts x 30 {24} rnds = 4 “ / 10 cm in broken rib in the rnd, with DK Aran weight yarn on 4.5 5 mm needles.
20 {18} sts x 36 {26} rnds = 4 “ / 10 cm in slip stitch pattern in the rnd, with DK Aran weight yarn on 4.5 5 mm needles.

Sizes
Short (Long)
Circumference 20 (52) {22 (58)} “ / 50.5 (137) {56 (147)} cm.
Height 12 (12) {12 (12)} “ / 30.5 (30.5) {30.5 (30.5)} cm.


The individual pattern will be available to purchase online from June 10th, 2017 (£3.00 GBP).

A Love Like Salt: North

"Once upon a time, in a kingdom far far away…”

Although there are many fairytales, A Love like Salt is perhaps not one of the better known - yet the variations of the story are found all over the world. This collection draws on the fairy tale as a starting point, but delves into the history and culture of salt as inspiration for these patterns.

Comprising of 6 patterns, the collection is currently available to pre-order either as a e-book, or as a paper copy+e-book - information on how to order is given below.

The collection will be released digitally on June 10th, 2017.

If you would like to pre-order the e-book only, this can be purchased via Ravelry (for the discounted price of £10).

If you would like to pre-order the paper copy+e-book for (the discounted price of £12 plus P&P), please click here. Pre-orders for paper copies closes May 31st, 2017), and the paper copies of the book will be shipped on June 15th, 2017.

(Prices on full release: e-book only £12.00, paper copy+e-book £13.50 plus P&P).

A Love Like Salt

Things may have seemed extremely quiet for a while around here, but if you are on Ravelry you may have noticed a few adverts popping up here and there around the site. These were all in anticipation of a new collection I've been putting together, and the provisional pattern pages have been up on Ravelry since the end of April.

However, since we wrapped up the official photoshoot on Friday I can now switch things up and start promoting it properly!

Before we get into the proper introduction to the collection, it seems sensible to provide some background on the inspiration (and an explanation of the title) before I share the patterns.

First of all... Salt?

Well, yes... Me being me, and finding inspiration in all sorts of strange things, salt seemed a good choice (however unlikely you may find it!)

Although the history and archaeology of salt is extremely interesting, it is actually its appearance in fairy tales which was the original starting point for the collection. It is not one of the more commonly known stories, but the tale A Love Like Salt actually appears in various forms across Europe and Asia.

The tale in all its variants is very similar. A father asks daughters how much they love him. The elder daughters all respond with socially appropriate equivalents (sugar, gold, that sort of thing). The youngest, however, always responds that she loves him like salt.

Displeased with her answer, he drives his youngest daughter from his home. She wanders for a while, eventually finding employment as a lowly servant at a wealthy and powerful household. There the son of the household falls in love with her, and despite resistance on his parents part (normally resolved when they discover she is not as low in status as first appears), permit the marriage.

She makes the decision to invite her father (in secret) to her wedding feast, but she instructs the cook to prepare all of his food without salt. The father, failing to recognise his estranged daughter, finds his meal inedible. Realising now the extent his daughter's love (since no man can survive without salt), he laments that he has wronged her and mourns her (he believes she is probably dead at this point).

Instead she reveals herself and everyone is happily reconciled. Hurrah!

Using that as a starting point, I looked to the history and geography of salt to provide the actual inspiration for the individual patterns. What I found was an awful lot of inspiration! It was at this point that the collection started to take on a life of its on. Rather than create one (extremely) large collection, I instead decided to break it down into more manageable sections - North, South, East and West.

So, may I now introduce (officially), A Love Like Salt: North. A small collection of six patterns, with an emphasis on slip stitches and texture.

Hallein Hat

Hallein Wrist Warmers

Zelle

Hallein Cowl

Guérande

Salaka

A Love Like Salt: North

"Once upon a time, in a kingdom far far away…”

Although there are many fairytales, A Love like Salt is perhaps not one of the better known - yet the variations of the story are found all over the world. This collection draws on the fairy tale as a starting point, but delves into the history and culture of salt as inspiration for these patterns.

Comprising of 6 patterns, the collection is currently available to pre-order either as a e-book, or as a paper copy+e-book - information on how to order is given below.

The collection will be released digitally on June 10th, 2017.

If you would like to pre-order the e-book only, this can be purchased via Ravelry (for the discounted price of £10).

If you would like to pre-order the paper copy+e-book for (the discounted price of £12 plus P&P), please click here. Pre-orders for paper copies closes May 31st, 2017), and the paper copies of the book will be shipped on June 15th, 2017.

(Prices on full release: e-book only £12.00, paper copy+e-book £13.50 plus P&P).