Monday, February 15, 2016

Blueberryautumn

Dear Reader,

last time I told you about three designs, I've made in the last 6 months. Today is the day for the second one. May I introduce.... B l u e b e r r y a u t u m n



It's a cowl! No, fingerless mittens! No: BOTH! ;-)

I've designed this pair way back in autumn. I wandered through the woods around my new home, seeing the blueberry leaves in so many colours between orange and purple. And a few days later I visited a town not far away from home, looked into the window of the local yarn store there and bought this yarn, looking totally like blueberry autumnleaves, using two differend colours in one piece. It's called Lana Grossa Ragazza Twist and the colours I used are 007 (purple-blue-ish) and 006 (orange).

You can wear the cowl in three different ways, either the garterstitch-cable or the checked pattern or both simultaneously outside. It's super warm because of the stranded colourwork of the checked section and super-duper warm wearing it in one of the folded ways. The matching fingerless mittens are made in garterstitch including four cables from bottom to top (as the cowl does!).
Here are some pictures for you featuring the three different ways to wear the cowl:





Grab your needles and start knitting! This pattern contains written instructions for both garments.

Stay warm! 
Love,
Nena

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

I'M BACK!.... with all the colours of the wind...

Dear Reader,

after a shockingly long time away from this blog, I am back now. And I don't come back empty-handed. During the last few months I had to cope with a lot of changes in my life. I lost a very dear person to cancer, I quit my job and moved from the city back to the countryside, where I grew up. I moved in with my partner in crime and renovated (not quite finished yet...) our new home and settled down. And I love it. But it's been quite a year this one.
I started Nena Kokopelli Designs one day before my wonderful, incomparable cousin died and it was him, who encouraged me in keeping designing knitwear and moving back to the countryside and I am thankful for his advice, because it has totally changed my life.

I've designed three more knitwear designs the last six months (and I've knitted quite a lot of gorgeous pieces from other designers, but that's for another blog entry...).
The first of the three is published today.
May I introduce to you: The Colours of the Wind









It's a triangle shawl made of three pieces crafted together after blocking. The playful part of this design is, that it consists of 11 different colours, a lot of stripes and a lot of nupps. Each piece could be a triangle shawl itself, so if you get tired in between, just stop and knit something else in the meantime or do the nupp-piece in between. The part of crafting it together sounds a bit boring, but in fact, it isn't. Each piece has edges containing eyelets and this makes crafting easy-peasy.
I used Dibadu's Funnies Etudes Seda Grande and Seda Fina (held double) for this shawl. But you can use any Light Fingering Weight or Fingering Weight Yarn from your stash. The more leftovers, the better. The Yarn I used is made of silk, which isn't obligate, but creates a beautiful drape.

This pattern is for sale via ravelry. If you're a member: GREAT! If not, no problem. You can purchase it without being one. It contains written instructions, a photo-tutorial how to craft the pieces together and information regarding needed materials, yarn, gauge and measurements.

I really enjoyed designing this and I hope you will enjoy it equally while clapping with your needles!

See you soon!
Love,
Nena