Wednesday, September 3, 2014

What's New Wednesday: Mira Shell

I have had such a busy summer I have gotten behind on sharing all my new patterns that have come out recently. But now that the kids have returned to school, I will try to post about one of my new patterns each week.

Let's start with the Mira Shell and Tea Time Fascinator in Love of Crochet's summer Special Issue, Crochet MORE. Both designs were made with just 2 skeins of La Jolla by Baah! Yarns. This hand dyed fingering weight yarn is just gorgeous and a delight to work with.

The Mira Shell was my first design to get on the cover of a magazine, and only my second adult garment design to get published.

I actually started working on the shell the week before I headed to TNNA last January. I had swatched up this lovely lacey pattern which was so stretchy I had been dying to make a garment with it. I knew I would be seeing the folks from Baah! that weekend and wanted to finish it in time to show them.

This year TNNA was in my hometown, San Diego, so I visited a lot of friends and family. I was having dinner with my friend Andrea on the first night when I needed to decide where to put the armholes, so I made her try it on. Two days later, I met the editor of Love of Crochet and she said she was looking for 1 to 3 skein projects for a special issue. I showed her the sample I had just finished on the spot and she picked up the design.

The Tea Time Fascinator was something I had made a while back, inspired by a headband I had seen someone wearing at the local Farmer's Market. I loved the idea of a collection of various shaped and textured flowers crocheted all in one shade of this beautiful hand dyed yarn to give them more depth of color.

I think they chose a great model to show off this one. The various textures of the flowers sit so nicely in her curly hair! Or you could take any one of these flower patterns on it's own to adorn an accessory or garment.

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