This design *almost* didn’t get done. Originally designed back in May, prompted by a contest over at the Madelinetosh group on Ravelry – for an original design created in one month. MadMay, they call it. How could I not want to jump in on that?
I had been feeling ‘stuck’ for a while. As a designer, it can be exhausting trying to figure out what the next wonderful thing to make is. It doesn’t always come together the way we want it to, to say the least. My husband, being the wonderful man full of suggestions that he is, simply said – ‘why don’t you make what YOU want to wear?’. As Oprah would say, that was my ‘Aha’, or ‘Bing Bing’ moment.
I pulled out this yarn that had been hanging out in the stash for a bit, some Madelinetosh Tosh Sport, in colorway Lowlands. I have come to realize that green must be my favorite color, I never really get enough of it. I found this Double Leaves lace pattern in my Vogue Stitchionary (#5, I believe) and away I went!
It actually came together pretty easily. I knew I didn’t want full length sleeves, and decided the most effective look would be a bit of the eyelet lace to trim the cuffs.
I had no idea what I was going to do with the border. At first I tried to do an alternate leaf pattern, to tie in the look of the back with the front. That looked completely lousy, it really didn’t show up well with the variegation in the yarn.
Then I remembered how I’ve been working on my KISS method. Ok. Scale back a bit. Garter stitch looks fabulous, who knew? I wanted a small collar, which I created using short rows. Decided on the picot trim at the end, and this is one of the neat little details that makes the collar stand out.
Viola! She’s done! I ended up winning 2nd place in the contest, and my special prize was more lovely Madelinetosh yarn to play with.
The very next day after I posted this, I woke up to seeing this in my Facebook feed, posted on my board by my LYS owner – Donna, of Black Mountain Yarn Shop (one of the sweetest people in the world mind you!):
Jane of the Wood had made it in the Top 20 on Ravelry!!!! (Insert appropriate SQUEE sounds here.) I was amazed, and very humbly grateful that so many people liked it. What a wonderful compliment to wake up to. I probably never would have even known if she didn’t tell me – to be honest I don’t look at the Top 20 super often.
About the name….there is this great hang-out Celtic style Pub / Restaurant here in Asheville called Jack of the Wood. This is one of the places to go if you want to make a new friend (we are always meeting people here) and listen to some great live music, usually Bluegrass. People just show up and start making music together, it’s awesome.
If you ever come here to Asheville, hit me up and we’ll meet here for a pint.
Greenman ESB – it’s the best!
As I continue on with my designing, I am committed to creating more of what I really love and hoping that perhaps I’m not alone in that.
If you’d like to see more of this pattern, check out links below.
Jane of the Wood on Ravelry (offered at a discount, now through October 8th)
Namaste all. :) Live, love, laugh, hug, KNIT!