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Small Shawl on a Wall

Dear Ann,
I’m going to try to make this a 5 minute post. Earlier today I Instagrammed a picture of a small shawl on a wall in somebody’s booth at Vogue Knitting Live, after one of my companions pointed it out. We oohed. We aahed. We mentally queued it. Lauren said she’d seen it in the Winter 2012 issue of Knitscene.
My twitter feed promptly exploded with tweeps wanting to know, needing to know, begging to know, demanding to know the pattern. OK OK OK. The pattern is: Merging Ripple Shawl by Kyoko Nakayoshi.
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There are 61 Merging Ripple beautiful projects on Ravelry. It looks like a pleasantly challenging pattern. Short rows, y’all. Hidden wraps. Knock yourself out. It also looks like one of those accessories that you don’t take off. You know what to do.
While snooping around on Ravelry, I noticed another Kyoko Nakayoshi pattern in a similar vein, from the same issue of Knitscene: Sideway Shawls:
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FYI, there is a digital edition of Knitscene Winter 2012 available here.
These are just cool. I’m seeing one in white and indigo linen. I’ll tell you that right now. Summer will return, and I will have a blue and white optical illusion of a scarfy wrappy accessory and everybody will be all jealous and stuff. If the short rows don’t kill me.
(Fun fact: Kyoko Nakayoshi is co-responsible, with Jen Arnall-Culliford, for the Cloudy Apples collection I blogged about a few weeks ago. Coinkidink!)
Much cool stuff and fun, and friendly people, at Vogue Knitting Live this year. Tomorrow I’m going back for more. I will try not to tweet anything that makes people go crazy, but you never know what will set the knitters off. (Except you sort of do.)
Love,
Kay

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21 Comments

21 Comments

  1. I’m loving your ‘lightening’ posts. I always enjoying reading what both of you are doing, but the gaps in blogging where getting me down. I don’t need to have a lot of blog just a nice update-y one each day is wonderful. Glad you guys went with this idea! Seriously cool shawl too. Indigo and white, :)

  2. Kyoko is really lovely in real life, too. You would like her.

  3. But did you find your Icelandic-lives-in-Manhattan knitter?
    I must say I like that yellow shawl. Linen, eh? I sure would be all jealous and stuff!

  4. I do love that second one, but the short rows might actually kill me!

  5. I really like short rows. I will have to check these out after I get out of baby blanket fun times.

  6. Oh, the heck with small shawls. I hate those skimpy versions of a real shawl made with itty bitty yarn.
    I’m definitely gonna make this puppy, but with a heavy worsted at a gauge of 4-4.5 stitches per inch so it’s a real shawl that provides plenty of warmth when the heat’s turned all the way down to low.

  7. Oooh — I can see me bailing on my winter UFO’s and going right into this beauty in linen; if this year’s Ohio weather is anything like last year’s, I’ll only be able to use if in April and possibly May since we were being scorched by summer. Love the lightning posts and please feel free to make us crazy with more photos!

  8. It’s like what would happen if Alabama Chanin were knitted. LOVE IT.

  9. One of my Rav/Flickr friends made this- she said that the yardage requirements were WAY off- by about 100 yards (too few- the worst of the way offs). Can’t wait to see yours! I’m hoping to make one as well.

  10. Lucky you! I spent a dizzying several days at the first Vogue Knitting Live and loved every minute of it. Had classes with all my favorites. Met some wonderful knitters. I could tell you some stories.) It will be awhile before I can do that again. And three cheers for your lightning round knitting. So fun.

  11. Whoa! Follow the yellow brick road to the knitter’s “Emerald City”! I don’t have to have a house fall on me to put that on my wish list. Will I ever actually be able to make it? Let me click my ruby slippers to find out….
    See you over the rainbow! )))
    LoveDiane

  12. I just wanted to say thank-you so starting up on the blog again. I was afraid that your lives were leading you both away from knitting and the blogging about it, so glad to see that my fears have been soothed by your writing! Looking forward to reading more

  13. Big up Kyoko, she is an amazing designer and a jolly good egg! #justsaying

  14. If you are going to knit this pattern check out the errata on Ravelry
    Kyoko is a wonderful designer and sweet and lovely person.

  15. “If the short rows don’t kill [us].” Exactly! I sure do like your idea of indigo and white linen, though.

  16. But hey, did you notice the Knitscene Winter 2012 issue has an article on short rows? What perfect pairing of info in your post, thanks!

  17. You two are making me happy so much with the flash blogging! Thanks!

  18. I also oohed and aahed over that shawl. Stopped me in my tracks actually. It was the Great Yarns booth http://www.greatyarns.com. They are from Washington, the state. I spoke with a lovely woman, Bonny, who sold me the yarn they used to knit that shawl (yes orange and red), the pattern name and where to find it, AND gave me her phone number in case I needed any knitting support!
    Given the crowds on Saturday in the Marketplace, she could not have been nicer to me.

  19. I also oohed and aahed over that shawl. Stopped me in my tracks actually. It was the Great Yarns booth http://www.greatyarns.com. They are from Washington, the state. I spoke with a lovely woman, Bonny, who sold me the yarn they used to knit that shawl (yes orange and red), the pattern name and where to find it, AND gave me her phone number in case I needed any knitting support!
    Given the crowds on Saturday in the Marketplace, she could not have been nicer to me.

  20. I also oohed and aahed over that shawl. Stopped me in my tracks actually. It was the Great Yarns booth http://www.greatyarns.com. They are from Washington, the state. I spoke with a lovely woman, Bonny, who sold me the yarn they used to knit that shawl (yes orange and red), the pattern name and where to find it, AND offered me her phone number in case I needed any knitting support!
    Given the crowds on Saturday in the Marketplace, she could not have been nicer to me.

  21. I bought that magazine for those two shawls and the Lucy Hat. A really great issue!