Liz Corke Knit Design

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March 26, 2013

I have to say that as a designer my biggest problem is naming my patterns. I’ve never been good at naming things from my Sims to my pets. My first two goldfish were named Fish and Chips! I’m not really sure why names cause such a problem for me. Maybe it’s because the name of a pattern, like the title of a book, is a way to capture the imagination of the reader. It needs to inspire and draw you in. There’s a lot of weight riding on the name and cover photo of a pattern when it pops up in a Ravelry search.

When I start Storm Warningworking on a pattern, I give it a working title. Flying without Wings was Feathers for a couple of months. Storm Warning I’m sorry to say, went into testing as The Shawl with No Name. Anthousai – the most challenging to date – was Vines. I finished a shawl on Friday and I really want to send it off my tech editor asap. Its working title is Royal Diamonds, but a Rav search turns up 9 other patterns and I really want something a bit more unique, so I have to come up with a new name.

It Anthousai - Largeprobably took me two or three weeks to name Anthousai. I searched all sorts of things in the Rav database – it’s amazing how many things come up when you search vines, flowers or spring. I eventually went off and serched around on Wikipedia for a bit. I’ve always loved mythology and legends from all over the Ancient world. Anthousai is a Greek word that encompasses all the flower nymphs of Ancient Greece. In the end that turned out to be pretty perfect for what I wanted.

I set off along the same lines to try and find a name for Royal Diamonds, although unfortunately there’s no gods or goddesses of diamonds so I had to be a little more creative in my thinking. I was pretty impressed to find out that the link between diamonds and love goes back over three millennia. In Indian mythology the God Krishna gave the Goddess Radha a diamond as a love token, while in Ancient Greek/Roman mythology Eros/Cupid’s arrows were tipped with diamond. The Greeks also believed that diamonds were fragments of stars or the tears of the Gods. This did give me a couple of directions to go in, although all the Goddesses of the night and or stars have already been picked, and you can’t push things too far or the link between the name and the pattern becomes really tenuous.

Hopefully Royal Diamonds will have a new and final name soon.Damson I have a few I’m thinking of just now. Tears of the Gods is one I like, but although it’s unique and there’s plenty of meaning packed in, I feel like it’s a bit long. Diamond Tipped, I really thought would be taken, so I was pretty thrilled to find this one doesn’t throw up any results. I really like this one so it could although it might take a bit of thought to link up the name and the pattern nicely in a couple of sentences. Shattered Stars is my third option. I also really like this name. It’s alliterative which is always a bonus, pulls in the Greek mythology and I think I can pull it into my pattern description without too much trouble.

I’m going to toss these around in my head for a bit, and see how they look written down in my pattern. If you have a favourite please let me know. Hopefully I’ll be releasing a new pattern with one of these names in a month’s time!

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March 15, 2013

Anthousai - Large

When Anthousai was test knitted I had two testers who were unfortunately unable to finish the test. So I’ve decided to give away two free copies to people who will knit it up and post projects on Ravelry.

The pattern has been tested and tech edited so there shouldn’t be any mistakes left (but please do let me know if you find any). There’s no time limit on this but I’d be greatful if you could finish in the next couple of months. You have a choice of the large or small size, written or charted instructions.

Good reviews are not compulsory – I’d prefer honest ones, but I love the pattern and I hope you will too. If you’re interested in a copy, please head over to my group and post on the thread here.

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I’m afraid I’ve not had much to share recently. I’m knitting away hard on my two new patterns. One is a gif t for my friend so I have to have the sample finished and photographed in two weeks time! We’re also rearranging the house quite a bit at the moment. Our desks and computers have been upstairs in our spare room, but we’re making a new desk downstairs in our living room and puting a nice sofa bed upstairs so it’ll be a library/spare room. All of my books will be staying up there and most of my craft gear too, so it should be a nice relaxing room.

I want to diversify my blog a bit. There’s not much point my posting on WIP Wednesdays when I don’t have anything I can show you  on the needles, but I don’t want to let the blog languish between new releases. I’m going to start blogging more about the other things that go on here hopefully.

My life isn’t that exciting – work, home, knit, repeat mostly, but I love baking and cooking so I’m going to try and post about new things I try in the kitchen. I also have a lot of cook books that I don’t use enough so this should give me a nudge in the right direction. I also occasionally do other crafts and I’ll be sharing them with you two – I made soap and candles as well as sewing monsters and making jewellery at Christmas.

I also want to put up so tutorials for techniques I use in my patterns, for example, beading for Storm Warning, or short rows and herring bone stitch that I’m using in one of my new patterns.

Yarn reviews are another thing I’d like to do. I love knitting with yarn from indie dyers and I’ll be sharing my experiences with you in the future, and hopefully introducing you to some new dyers.

March 1, 2013

Anthousai - LargeI’ve been looking forward to this post for weeks! Some of you may already have seen it, but I released the pattern for Anthousai on Wednesday evening. It’s here on my website, on Ravelry and on Craftsy. If you missed in on Wednesday I did a “making of” post here.

I really love how this shawl has turned out. The idea did go through some minor rough spots but the end result is pretty much exactly what I dreamed of. I made the large version first and I have to say it feels pretty luxurious! Most of the design tweaks happened while I was working on this one – at one point I had to rip back at least 200 yards of knitting and redo the lead up to the border. The large version used just under 760 yards of yarn, which was a lot of knitting! It was definitely worth it though! I used Fyberspates Rural Charm for the large version. I really love this green!

Anthousai - SmallFor the small version I wanted another colour that would represent leaves, but I didn’t want another green. After a bit of looking around I found Eden Cottage Titus 4ply, in this gorgeous Autumn colourway. It was completely perfect for what I wanted. I have plans to get a few more photos done of the small version of the shawl – when we took the originals I think it was starting to get dark and a lot of the photos came out blurry. When I was working on this shawl, I did a lot of weighing my yarn to make sure I had enough to finish. I did bind off with about 2g of yarn left over. I really love how it turned out though and I think the size is perfect.

Anthousai - ShapeI love the shape of the shawls. The wings are nice and long which means you can wrap them round and it stays put pretty well. The large size is  170 cm long by 63.5 cm deep (67” long by 25” deep) while the small size is 126 cm long by 46 cm deep (49.5” long by 18” deep) and I really love this photo. I think it shows the different sizes pretty well! There’s loads more photos on my Ravelry page, and my website, but Craftsy only allows five photos, so check them out if you want!

Check out Tami’s and see what everyone else has been up to!