the stories behind ‘the great deep’

next it was a year ago

(where did the time go?),

that malabrigo yarn got in touch to say

i had been picked as an mfpp (malabrigo freelance pattern project) indie designer,

paired up with alison, and given the theme ‘glittering fish’

with this photo for inspiration.

alison and i spent the next few weeks

sending notes & sketches back and forth.

by the end of the summer we had a

rough idea of who would

do what and in which malabrigo colorways.

 then the nuts and bolts

of putting patterns together began.

re-swatching, tweaking, and lots of math.

now here it is june already.

my 6 patterns (also available as an e-book)

were released on friday.  alison’s are coming up soon.

do, i’ll spend the next 6 days posting about the underwater inspirations

for each of my patterns,

why i named them what i did,

and a little about some of what did and didn’t turn out the way i expected.

remember my leap into steeking?

that was one of the patterns in ‘the great deep’.

check out the e-book patterns here

can you tell which one?

up next – ‘peixe’: what i thought it was going to be

and how it set me straight.

‘the great deep’ taken from 51:10 of isaiah.

one day out

and as a final shot

(before the e-book release tomorrow),

here are the ceramic pots that line the cobblestone walk

that leads to one of my favorite local yarn stores, fancie purls.

ann, the proprietor of said lys and an all around cool knitter, was kind enough to let

me change in her bathroom, because it was that or changing in my car.

and her bathroom is infinitely nicer, although

my car has a better stereo. (grin)

‘changed’ taken from 15:51 in first corinthians.

2 days out

this is my newest scarf, mnara,

(pattern is now available here on ravelry).

see how it’s climbed a tree to get a better ocean view?

come on.  use a little imagination…or just ask my 6 yr old.

he’ll explain to you in great detail exactly how it could happen.

‘mnara’ is swahili for ‘tower’ taken from 8:9 in the song of solomon.