As the red-winged blackbirds announce spring with their conklaree! song, I'm excited to announce a new pattern:
Pattern: Conklaree, by Bonnie Sennott
Conklaree is a geometric lace scarf perfect for spring and summer. You can easily dress it up or down—it works for everything from Saturday errands to an evening concert. You can wear it many different ways—looped around your neck, or with one end tossed over a shoulder, or draped like a stole.
From the moment I saw this beautiful merino/silk yarn—Elemental Affects Civility Fingering—at WEBS, I knew I had to design something with it. Elemental Affects yarns are U.S. sourced—check out their website to read the stories behind their yarns and learn how they are produced. According to the yarn label, Civility Fingering is 70 percent U.S. merino and 30 percent mulberry silk. It's got the most amazing, crisp stitch definition and—thanks to the silk—a lovely sheen and great drape.
Conklaree is the second pattern in my All You Need Is One ebook collection of five accessories requiring just one skein of yarn (my On the Other Hand mitts were the first). The ebook is just $16 for all five patterns; it's automatically updated in your Ravelry library each time a new pattern is added. Three more patterns will be added to the collection between now and fall 2015.
Conklaree would be a great project to make for the Blue Peninsula Yarn Over KAL. If you cast on soon, I'm sure you could finish it by the end of the KAL on May 17. (Or, at least have fun trying!) By the way, we've just gotten another gorgeous prize, a skein of sock yarn from End of the Row Yarns. This and other prizes will be awarded randomly to finished projects at the end of the KAL. Come join us, get to know fellow Ravelers, and maybe win something!
Many thanks to my sister Jenny Sennott for her expert tech editing. If you haven't yet seen the March/April issue of Handwoven, please check it out, to see Jenny's beautiful Moscow Nights tea towels. (Follow that link and scroll down to the collage of photos; her towels are at upper left.)
And thanks also to the Conklaree model, Janelle Rivers. I met Janelle a couple of years ago, when she took my very first embroidery class at Knack. She's still stitching (most recently, an intricate, bright orange octopus!), while also teaching English as a Second Language and making really wonderful time-lapse videos. You can see them at her YouTube channel.
Last but not least, if you're curious about the gingko leaf necklace Janelle is wearing in the photos, it's by Michael Michaud.
Thanks very much for reading. Hope you have a great weekend!