Posted on December 28, 2014 at 9:41 pm

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It’s only a few more days until the official publication date for From Folly Cove, my pattern collection that Classic Elite Yarns will be publishing. It has been nine months since Susan Mills asked if I’d be interested, and the focus and work involved in getting just twelve patterns written and knit and ready for publication has taught me a lot about how strong the most prolific designers’ hands must be and how little sleep they must be getting. For the first time, I wrote patterns without knitting them first so I could hand about a third of the knitting over to Classic Elite’s skilled sample knitters. It was a kind of surrogate experience to have my work delivered, finished, and so beautifully knit.

I did do most of the knitting myself, since there’s a few firsts in this collection that I had to see all the way through, such as this, my first lace shawl:

 

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It’s called the Meteori Shawl, and it’s worked up in one of my favorite yarns, Classic Elite’s 100% wool (of course) Mohawk. It’s supposed to invoke a particular painting of Virginia Lee Burton’s from her book Life Story. I won’t spoil all of it for you, but I enjoyed making this one up so much, I am now knitting another (to keep) in the azure color of another of Classic Elite’s yarns, Vail.

Classic Elite has posted on their blog a little bit more about the collection, and the companion book by Fiber Factor star, Talitha Kuomi. I’ve had the honor of getting to know Tal during this process, and so very much admire her aesthetic. I think you’ll find the two books to be perfect compliments to each other. Her collection’s “blog tour” is coming up soon and I’m scheduled for one installment, so I’ll be sharing with you my favorite of her designs then. In the meantime, go check out her site, and also the post Classic Elite wrote about our work.