So many things are going on/have happened since my last post! Besides casting on 1,000 new projects (okay maybe not that many, but a fair few still) I have made a trip to nyc and back, found homes for Pierpon and Tim, and made some exciting new changes to the b.Woolens website AND put a new pattern out there into the world.
SO first things first, the website…
you can now download b.Woolens designs directly from b.Woolens.com by going here! the purchase still goes through ravelry (which means that you can use your paypal accounts) but you never have to leave the b.Woolens site. so YAY for that. Check it out! I have lots of fun and exciting new things that are tantilizingly close to being finished so make sure to check back soon!
With that in mind…I have two fun new designs to tell you about…
Last month I published “Petite Pierrot” as the third pattern in the “Isla & Friends” collection…
They are so sweet and I knit this pair up by using 1 & 3/4 unicorn tails from madeline tosh (inexpensive and fancy)
I also wrote them with a mind to using up all of the left over mini-balls of sock yarn that I have rolling around in my stash. The pattern calls for about 80 yards of sock weight yarn and I knit them up on a US size 1. They are 100% Isla approved…:)
AND because I am feeling extra productive on this Monday morning, today I am releasing the adult version! Say hello to the “Pierrot Socks” which I knit up in Tosh Twist Light for the pattern photos…
Cute kitten aside…I am in love with both of these patterns (if i do say so myself haha). I like a sock that has some interest but isnt too fussy or dainty. The diamond pattern that is created by the cabling here can easily be done without a cable needle and its fairly easy to memorize so they just short of chug along. I am really looking forward to knitting up a mens pair too. I provide instructions in the adult version for three sizes (10, 11 and 12″ ankle circumference) so you can pretty much make them for the whole family.
The name comes from a painting by Watteau entitled “Pierrot”
Painted in 1719 by the french artist the subject matter is somewhat of a mystery. However, Pierrot (a french adaptation of the name Peter) was the name of a stock character in Commedia theater or folk theater of the period. Pierrot was the sad clown (see also the Pagliacci opera) Pierrot often lost the favor of the heroine who usually ended up with Hareliquin instead.
I love the colors of Watteau’s painting, where he draws upon the iconic white costume of Pierrot, but adds a little of that classic Roccoco pink in the bows on his shows that ties in with the red of the onlookers hat and jacket. I like to image the harlequin/diamonds that might be on poor Pierrot’s socks as a reference to his more bubbly counterpart.
I love them so much that I am already making another adult pair for myself (the first ones are going to my mamma) and have a few more baby pairs planned out for some of the new mammas in my life. The pair for me are in a pink that matches Pierrots bows perfectly. I am knitting them up in this yarn and absolutely loving the way the silk gives an added sophistication….pictures to come soon….
Next time I will fill you in on my other new projects, the kittens new homes and more new new new stuff:)
Happy knitting all!