Oftentimes, it’s the journey that sticks with you more than the actual destination. For my latest design, I knew two things….First being, I was in LOVE with this yarn and this color. And secondly, I was going to return to that place. What is that place, you ask? The feeling. The smell. The hours of time spent squeezed into the family sedan. The bright, lush green rushing past the car window. And the sound. The sound of my dad’s Fleetwood Mac album thumping over the stereo.
That place is the Columbia River Gorge.
Both of my parents grew up in the Gorge, so every summer was spent on the river, visiting aunts and uncles, grandparents. And just the drive up the gorge sends waves of nostalgic over me. All those memories flood my brain and I’m there again. In an instant.
So this design didn’t just come out of inspiration, or even memories. It came from my deep love and respect for this part of my life. And I have to say, not many designs speak to me the way this one did. It actually sang quietly, just like my dads Fleetwood Mac album. It harmonized sweetly into my ear, as the design progressed.
And I love where the journey lead me.
This pattern design went through quite the transition as I wrote it. I started with cables on a stockinette background, then I changed the size of the cables, then I decided to go with different twists on each cable. As the design grew, so did my imagination. As so often is the case. It was just like life. I found myself taking different routes than the ones I previously thought I would choose. Like a hiking trail on the Gorge, go up or go down. Turn right or turn left. So I charted my own path and this design is where it lead me.
As you may already know, I am all about telling you a story with each of my pattern designs. I hope that you’ve enjoyed this one and that you also enjoy this new design!
This was my first experience using the very talented Jared Flood’s Brooklyn Tweed. I am a Lover of natural fibers so I had high expectations for his Shelter line. It did not disappoint.
The fiber is so light and soft in your hands as you work with it. You would swear that it would break apart like glass against your needles but part of its beauty is it’s strength. As the design progressed, I found myself having to frog my work numerous times. Shelter withstood every storm. I was extremely impressed with it’s durability. And after blocking, the fiber just bloomed. I just LOVE this yarn!
So obviously that leads me to… A Giveaway! Leave a comment on this post of your most cherished memory. And how do you take that memory and gain inspiration or strength from it? In addition to commenting, you can also follow and share on your social media for extra entries. Please do share the love! I’ll be choosing a winner by random using the Rafflecopter widget on Monday, September 28th. The winner will receive a hank of Brooklyn Tweed Shelter in their preferred color! I will contact the winner by email with the color selections to choose from and to retrieve mailing information. So it’s a good idea to add me to your mailing list/address book so you don’t miss the email notification: kalurah[at]whiletheyplay[dot]com
a Rafflecopter giveaway
Note: If the winner does not reply within 10 days of notification, they will forfeit their prize and another winner will be chosen by random and notified by email and on the blog.
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Now, share those little bits of nostalgia and happy knitting!