ConnieLene – KnitDesigner


How Now Brown Cowl and Capelet

by on Oct.23, 2014, under Blog

I am delighted with the Estonian Slanted Rib pattern, simple to knit, simple to remember, simple to make interesting and knit in the round so it is also simple to finish.

And there will be a pattern soon.

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Thank you all you lovely knitters who bought the Connie Cowl pattern

by on Oct.22, 2014, under Blog

BUT You didn’t tell me that the pattern was corrupted and unusable.

I love this cowl and have knitted it many times now – but I don’t use the actual physical pattern and so I did not realise that there was a problem with the original written pattern that I had provided. The Connie Colourscape Cowl pattern was corrupted and only a third of it was actually contained in the pattern I provided to you lovely knitters.

So if I have not contacted you directly already regarding this pattern please let me know – through Etsy, Craftsy or Ravelry.

Examples using this basic pattern which I have played with a bit.

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New Cowls and a Shawl added to Unique Boutique Knits Etsy shop

by on Oct.19, 2014, under Blog

Haruru Falls Cowl

Haruru Falls Cowl

Autumnal Cowl / Capelet / Shrug with ribbed collar

Autumn Feather and Fan Capelet Cowl Shrug

Blue Sky Shawl

Blue Sky Shawl

All available at Unique Boutique Knits

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Leucosia – I promised your wee story

by on Oct.17, 2014, under Blog

Photos from the back of the Ambassador Hotel in Haarlem on August 5th 2011, the day the music died for us.

That is us ready to leave the Netherlands for ever maybe. It was our last hurrah in Europe as we had been forced to leave due to rules on retirement in the company Best Beloved worked for so our European sojourn was sadly over. But there were new adventures to be had – first this bike trip on our clumsy heavy city bikes with 7 gears – from Haarlem in the Netherlands to Untersiggenthal in Switzerland. The journey was about 976k and then on to retirement in New Zealand.

On the way we stopped in many places on our 22 day journey including St Goar where we rode our bikes to view the Lorelie, a feminine water spirit, similar to mermaids or Rhine maidens, associated with this large rock outcrop, in popular folklore and in works of music, art and literature.

The Lorelei is the huge rock on the eastern bank of the Rhine across the river from St. Goar, Germany. It marks the narrowest part of the river between Switzerland and the North Sea, and is the most famous feature of the Rhine Gorge. The Lorelei statue is positioned on the end of a rocky outcrop on the river itself.

Back in New Zealand I created my own version of the Lorelei, My Leucosia.

My very first mention of Leucosia was in a post about a Creative Fibre meeting in Thames where I said the I would write a post about her – and that turns out to be nearly a year ago.

My Leucosia – she is the siren emerging from the depths, through the waves, bejewelled with gifts of the shore.

The inspiration behind this piece is the atmosphere of the seashore. The siren has always fascinated me as she is present in folklore as a magical, fantastical creature from the deep, and my medium of knitted yarn is the quintessential opposite to a watery goddess. Sailors have traditionally worn knitted woollen sweaters with unique designs specific to their families for identification upon meeting a siren, and I choose that my siren should be attired in a knitted costume.

My collection of shells and other detritus have been incorporated into my piece along with a wide range of yarns.

The blue skirt is the rolling waves breaking on the seashore, the top and short over skirt are her moving through the sand picking up shells and other detritus, plus jewels from the deep.

The Lorelei Song and Legend: by Heinrich Heine, translated into English by Frank 1998

I cannot determine the meaning
Of sorrow that fills my breast:
A fable of old, through it streaming,
Allows my mind no rest.
The air is cool in the gloaming
And gently flows the Rhine.
The crest of the mountain is gleaming
In fading rays of sunshine.

The loveliest maiden is sitting
Up there, so wondrously fair;
Her golden jewellery is glistening;
She combs her golden hair.
She combs with a gilded comb, preening,
And sings a song, passing time.
It has a most wondrous, appealing
And powerful melodic rhyme.

The boatman aboard his small skiff, -
Enraptured with a wild ache,
Has no eye for the jagged cliff, -
His thoughts on the heights fear forsake.
I think that the waves will devour
Both boat and man, by and by,
And that, with her dulcet-voiced power
Was done by the Lorelei.

Our arrival in Switzerland at the end of our journey Or the beginning of our journey to retirement in Miranda, Waikato, New Zealand.

The day the music died reference: The Netherlands had live music – jazz, blues, rock, classical everything available every night of the week and for us it was food for the soul and we miss the music and the people more than can be imagined.

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Estonian Slanted Rib / False Entrelac Cowls

by on Oct.13, 2014, under Blog

I saw a vest design in Cast On magazine Nov 2013-Jan 2014. The pattern was created by Trudianne Temple and I rather liked the rib which is knitted in the round and as you know already I love knitting in the round.

I have created two cowls using the Estonian Slanted Rib or False Entrelac – a one row pattern over 6 stitches. k2, yo, k2, k2tog – repeat this easy pattern to the length desired.

The “How Now Brown Cowl – was created with garter stitch edge top and bottom using 2 strands of 4 ply together with some being variegated sock yarns.

The blue blue waves was created with a 12 ply or triple knit yarn – Naturally Vero but any would do. On this one I began with a knit row and then knitted the one row pattern till I had nearly knitted 2 50 gram balls of the yarn.

What I do like about this stitch is that the so called wrong side is just as interesting as the right side – perfect for a moebius cowl don’t you think.

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