Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Thunderstone & Beechbone Gauntlets

Recently we released two new glove pattern on the Figheadh Yarnworks site, and I'm here to tell you a bit more about them.

First up is the Thunderstone Gauntlets!
I found these two stitch patterns and just knew they would play well together in a glove. Once I tried the combination, they were clearly trying to depict an arrow's trajectory. Then I found out about the ancient belief that random aches and pains were caused by the shot from an elf's arrow, called elf-shot, of course. It was also believed that finding an arrowhead called a thunderstone gave you protection from these piercings, so there was my perfect name for the design.

Hazel Knits Artisan Sock, The Red Carpet & Beach Glass
I don't know about elf-shot, but these gloves will protect your hands from the cold, alrighty.

Second up is the Beechbone Gauntlets!
They are named so because of the two stitch patterns employed, the Beech Leaf Lace pattern at the cuff and the herringbone pattern that covers the back of the hand and that side of the fingers.
Sanguine Gryphon Eidos in Panchea
MacKintosh Iona Fingering in Safari
Both sets of gloves have a little ribbed area at the inner wrist to allow them to fit snugly. Both patterns are laid out mostly in a well-organized table format for easy reading while you work. The Beechbone pattern has a chart for the cuff as well as written instruction for the lace pattern. 

We hope you'll try them!

Wednesday, March 02, 2016

Brackenhill Shawlette Complete!

Holla! Freshly unpinned from the blocking board, I give own Brackenhill Shawlette worked in Ravenwood Cashmere!

Oh, the softness. Sometimes while knitting the shawl, the spin on the yarn would be so fine that I feared it would break, especially in places where there were yarnovers (intentional holes, for my non-knitting readers) and it seemed that one fine strand had the weight of all that went before. But I know this is just silly, because this yarn, although delicate, is strong. It will serve me for the rest of my life.
I already mentioned the slubs in my last post (I forgot in the last post that this is the official name for these), and they did blend in more when washed and blocked. I kind of like them in there--they lend character. 

The third skein only yielded one little slubby spot near the end of the shawl--entwined in the garter stitch edging. I could see that there were more to come, so while I don't really mind them, I was glad enough when the shawl was complete before reaching those.
I love this shawl. I loved working it. I love the satiny sheen of the fiber--especially once it had its bath and stretching. I even loved finding that one pesky error in the pattern. Now it can be a totally pain-free knit for the next person.
We're seeing a rare bit of sun this morning, which allowed me to snap Brackenhill's glamour shots by the hearth. Her next feat is to wrap my neck in her cozy warmth on this breezy, damp March day.

The corrected version 2 of the Brackenhill Shawlette has been sent out to previous buyers, and now when you buy the pattern, you can be assured that everything works. I hope you'll try it.