Bonnie Kellswater

So, a couple months ago I received an inquiry for a pattern from none other than Interweave Knits. Not that I’m bragging, I’m still rather perplexed over why they contacted me. Anyway. This week, the Spring 2012 preview went up and the issues went out, so now I can share images!

The first two are courtesy of Interweave Knits



The second two are from the photoshoot I did with Lindsay and Eva in September, as the pattern was originally going to be a Rose City Knits release :)

Bonnie Kellswater 2

Bonnie Kellswater 4

The name, Kellswater, comes from a traditional Irish song which just makes me think of fishermen’s knits every time I hear it (read the lyrics or, better yet, listen to Loreena McKennitt’s version and you’ll get me). The design itself includes some of my favorite Gansey stitch patterns, particularly the Tree of Life and the anchor. I have to admit that I am inordinately proud of this pattern, since I literally made it up on the fly while attending Sock Summit (seriously, TheBon and SinisterSpinster can attest) and then it somehow ended up published.

Weird.  But cool.

If you’d like to fave it or add it to your queue, it’s up on ravelry.

I know I’m terribly behind on the blogging and oh so much has happened since my last update, so look forward to more posts in the coming days – really!

Good news

Hark! Hear my rejoicing (albeit far away). Little D’s gansey is finally “finished”. Remember his gansey? The sweater that took 3 times (1st, 2nd, 3rd) to block? Well, I received “action” shots of it today from my sister, A, and have to share them:

And, just because, project specs:

  • Yarn: Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece (colour: Malibu)
  • Needles: US 6’s, I think.
  • Gauge: 5.5 sts/ inch
  • Size: 30″ chest (10-year-old size, supposedly)
  • Pattern: err… I cobbled one together using Knitting in the Old Way, The Knitter’s Handy Book of Sweater Patterns, and sheer insanity.
  • Recipient: Little D, my nephew
  • Date started: October 14, 2006
  • Date finished: December 7, 2006 (I am so glad I have a blog to document this stuff!)

And it’s DONE!! I’d run around squeeing like a madwoman, but I’m tired (yeah, I did nothing today) and haven’t finished typing up this post. Other good news?

Hrm. The kitchen is painted (even if it does smell like wet paint and I can’t cook anything: yay!). I have two rows done on the lace border for Mum’s shawl (only 14 to go!). I’m nearly to the heels of the Spox (er… woot?). And, hehehe, I think someone might have a crush on… a friend (no, I won’t tell you who, she reads this blog) (I can’t believe I even wrote the word “crush”, that is so bloody high school) (It’s just a thought, I may be crazy, but…) If he does, he’d better make a move before I leave for Africa, cuz I reserve the right to torment my friends’ b/f’s to strengthen their characters.

And that’s about it. I want to go and spin that pink batt.

(Oh, and I have some slight ‘bad’ news. I fell off the wagon. But that is for another post!)