|Seaglass Cowl, Linda Dawkins/mamma4earth|
Above is Linda's Seaglass Cowl. You know me and cowls, right? I am always looking for the next best pattern. (I should do a post that collects all the ones I have tried in one place to make it easier to tempt you to join me in my obsession).
So I was on Ravelry, of course, and looking for something new to make. I went to the advanced search and typed in cowls and choose the "sort" method. (The default is "best match"). I fell head over heels with the color and halo of the yarn in the photo. Don't you just love the look of it? And then as I looked closer, the stitch pattern drew me in, it looked corrugated and like a nice, soft stack of smooshy color to tuck into the neck of a coat. I added it to my Ravelry shopping basket, and then continued on, looking through her library of patterns in the Ravelry store.
But, let me first talk about the cowl I made..... I get so excited I get ahead of myself, sorry.... Here is my FO from last week.
|Seaglass Cowl in Beerbottle Browns|
Yarn: Forest Greener worsted weight on size 8 needles.
I enjoyed this knit, the pattern is beautifully illustrated, and Linda has created hyper-links to take you to tutorials for the various stitches you'll need to do. As a knitter with experience, it wasn't that challenging to know what to do, but it will be so valuable to a newer knitter to use the links to acquire additional skills. The photographs give you a close up on details and styling suggestions. All in all, the pattern was worth the price of admission. Though, if I was asked my advice... I would suggest soething with alpaca so you get the cozy slouchy look. The Forest Greener is a bit on the scratchy side even after sitting in Eucalan wash for a long time. I will make this again, with a fiber that has more drape....
And.... I have more to say about patterns that are not free..... look for that post later this week...... Suffice it to say, we knitters need to support the talents of the indie designers by considering spending a few dollars to help them to continue to add to the multitude of "patterns that must be knit"!!!!
Now, here is a little bit of what I discovered about Linda. She is the designer of toys, as well as accessories, and if you are a fan of projects like those of Susan B. Anderson, you NEED to take a look at some of the adorable toys you can knit.
Linda is a mom to four children and lives in Gauteng, South Africa. She homeschools her kids and looks for ways to live a creative and self-sufficient life. She sells patterns, along with pure wool, hand painted yarn, and hand spun yarn made with luxury fibers. Linda writes a blog, Natural Suburbia and it is filled with photos, stories and links to her etsy shop and patterns on Ravelry. She also hosts a meme called Creative Friday where you are invited to share what you are working on. There is so much to take in, I suggest you bookmark the site and follow her for update notifications. She also has Mamma4earth Animal Knitting Patterns From South Africa Ravelry group that you can join to have others to chat with and lurk on their project photos.
Go check out Linda's etsy shop named Mamma4earth. The shop carries patterns and toys. If you aren't inclined to knit something like a Rainbow Horse, you can just buy one. (Linda knits to order, so leave some time for her to knit it up. She can also do custom colors if you wish).
|Vibrant Rainbow Horse, stuffed with merino wool. $42.00 plus shipping.|
|Knitted Lion Toy, 40.00|
|Spirit, the White Wolf|
|My favorite, Alpaca Toy|
|Emerald Isle, a free pattern on Ravelry|
|Forest Glade, free pattern on Ravelry|
(All images were used with the permission of Linda Dawkins).