Sunday, 7 September 2014

Gisla Scarf Pattern

Well here it is. After more than twelve months I have finally published the pattern for my Gisla Scarf.

Gisla Scarf
Yarn : Brooklyn Tweed LOFT
Needles : 4.5mm
Large approx. 181cm (71.25”) long x 60cm (23.5”) wide at widest point shown in Hayloft
Small approx. 174cm (68.5”) long x 36cm (14.25”) wide at widest point shown in  Tent

It is available for purchase from my Scarf Pattern page or you can pop over the Gisla pattern page on Ravelry. Looking forward to seeing your interpretation of my design.

Keep smiling :-)

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Gisla is on the blocks

My two Gisla are finally blocking. The large scarf is Brooklyn Tweed Loft in Hayloft and the small scarf is Brooklyn Tweed Loft in Tent.

The pattern is already written and formatted awaiting photos. These I will hopefully be able to do either tomorrow or Friday.

This pattern has been a long time in the making. Usually I find that if I'm ignoring a design it is because there is an element I don't like. In the case of Gisla there were two - needle size and the selvedge edge. Once I found solutions, larger needles and an i-cord edge, I was able to love the design again.

This is the original Gisla, in Brooklyn Tweed Loft Faded Quilt, from April last year.

This version will get a revamp when I added an i-cord edge to the selvedge.

So hopefully this pattern will be released next Monday.

Keep smiling :-)

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Designing Blues

There is nothing more disheartening than finding someone else has published the pattern that you were currently working on. It happened to me this morning as I was browsing my blog feeds on Feedly.

But that is life. It is not unusual for more than one person to come up with the same idea. You just have to browse Ravelry to see this. If you would like to see what I had in mind then check out the latest beauty by Veera Valimaki Halfway There. Veera is one of my favourite designers.

Here's a little peek at what I was doing (sorry gratuitous kitty photo). I was using four colours rather than three. My colour choices were to reflect the early morning fog over water.

The yarn is Quince & Co Tern in Oyster, Beach Glass, Boothbay Blue and Back Bay.

So what do I do now? Well I come up with a new idea :-). I will still have the crescent shape and the stripes but it will be different. Might run the colours together rather than having the lighter colour between them. Stripes might be wider. Who knows. Shall just have to sit down and knit and see what happens.

Keep smiling :-)

Monday, 25 August 2014

I really am quite bad at this

I know I promised to blog more but I'm still not doing that well at it :-(. I think it is because I'm just not that good at putting myself out there. It is so much easier to hide in my own little world where it is safe and there is no one to critique what I am doing.

Of course if I want to sell anything - items I've knitted or patterns I've designed - I actually have to show people what I've been doing. I need to have confidence in myself and my abilities. I need to BELIEVE in myself.

This was my fortune from Saturday night's celebration - I have a teenage boy in the house - yikes, how did that happen. Yes, I know the biology of it all but where did the years go?

Anyway back to my fortune. Yes my plans are going to succeed but only if I do something about them.

So on that note I will be reopening my Etsy shop (I'll provide a link when it happens). It won't be about hand dyed yarn as before though some may turn up and I may even let go of some of my hand spun. This time I want to give a go at selling some of my knitted items. They are beginning to take over the house. I knit more than I can ever gift and there are those who are over my knitted gifts. That doesn't mean I don't gift my knits but these day if you exclaim loudly enough over something I'm making you may find it making it's way to you for your birthday.

Here's a little look at some of the items that have been accumulating:

On the left lots of stripey socks. There are some in there that I thought would be plain but they decided to stripe instead. In the middle is a small shawl, I have another larger one on the needles at the moment and to the right are three cowls. On is splattered dyed and looks like meadow flowers, one has long repeats of colour into which I added a few stripes (I seem to have a thing about stripes) and my favourite is the gradient coloured, changing from brown to green through to purple.

This isn't even close to all the knitted items I have. I love knitting from other people's patterns and they will become gifts. Anything I put up for sale will be of my own design.

Tomorrow I will share with you the beginnings of some of my new designs. Sometimes I wish I could knit faster - at least faster than I have ideas.

Keep smiling :-)

Monday, 28 July 2014

The postman comes

A lovely little delivery from the postman this morning

I have plans for three designs with the above.

The Quince & Co Finch -- colour Iceland -- is looking towards a sweater design using  Twist Stitch Knitting.

The Quince & Co Tern -- colours Oyster, Back Bay, Booth Bay Blue & Beach Glass -- will be a crescent shaped, striped shawl.

Thank you to Suzy Hausfrau for the wonderful service and quick delivery. Ordered Saturday arrived Monday travelled 1250.5 kilometres.

And lastly Brooklyn Tweed Shelter -- colours Snowbound, Sweatshirt & Fossil -- for some swatching. I have a cabled vest design in Fossil which needs to be frogged and reswatched on larger needles.

So lots of ideas in the offering. Just wish I could replicate myself a few times so I could get more knitting done.

Keep smiling :-)

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Working on a design

My aim, at the moment, is to try and publish some of the patterns that have been floating around in my head. Well actually I scribble my ideas into a notebook because otherwise they get caught up with all the other flotsam in my head and are lost forever.

One design I was playing around with some time ago was a garter stitch scarf with lace edge. Playing with the simplest of stitches to create and interesting design.

It is knitted sideways,  gradually widening, so the end result is like a long skinny triangle.

The one pictured is in Brooklyn Tweed Loft - Faded Quilt is the larger scarf version which works as a shawl.

One of the reasons for the pattern never been released was I didn't like the selvedge edge. It had always annoyed me. Well I finally found a solution, an i-cord edge which is worked within the pattern.

The other reason was the gauge. I knew it wasn't quite right but kept ignoring it because my swatches looked fine. However the resulting fabric wasn't to my satisfaction, I wanted something soft and light.

So taking all these things into consideration I've started again and as soon as I have finished knitting both the small and large scarf, photographed them and ensured the pattern is correct, I will release them through my pattern shop on Ravelry.

Below is the beginning of the work and hopefully within the next week or so they will be finished. Both scarves are knit in Brooklyn Tweed Loft, the smaller one in Tent and the larger in Hayloft.

Keep smiling :-)

Sunday, 13 July 2014


Welcome to the new home of fromaS E E Design.

Over the coming months I hope to share with you many of the designs that have been floating around in my head.

Please join me as I throw caution to the wind and see where this new direction leads me.