Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Moving right along - seven shawls and then some

Today, I wanted to tell you about Rosemary Hill's new ebook, "7 Small Shawls to Knit," seven beautiful shawl designs she posted as one offering in March of this year. You will remember Rosemary as Romi of designsbyromi. She's also a talented jewelry designer and pairs her lovely shawl pins with her knitting designs. Each one is simply ravishing, but the shawl that caught my eye this morning is "Taygete" with open lace work border and picot edging.

Taygete, pronounced Tay-EE-jet-ay, is knit with fingering or sock yarn and is the perfect accessory for year 'round use. In the winter, wear it as a cowl or scarf, and in warmer months, dress it up or down on cool summer nights.

Romi explains that "Each of the shawl patterns will also be sold separately, but when you buy the entire collection as an ebook, you will also get other small patterns sprinkled here and there–at least 3 extras! Those extra projects will not be available for purchase alone. And with an ebook purchase, you’ll already be getting at minimum 3 of the shawl patterns free, as well!" This is a bargain at $20.00. Individual patterns are $6.50.

Rosemary's inspiration for the names of the 7 shawls in this book are the Pleiades, the Seven Sisters of Greek mythology–nymph companions of Artemis–turned into stars to save them from Orion’s pursuit.

This one is "Maia" knit with a US 5 needle and 450-490 yards of fingering or sock yarn, just a little more than the average one skein purchase.

All of the shawls come with charted and written instructions.

Yes,  Rosemary Hill is a most talented knitting designer and teacher, giving generously to the knitting community and the world around her. You will remember the "Brandywine" Shawl knitting pattern, which has earned thousands of dollars for Haiti earthquake relief, selling over 10,000 patterns.

Sakaki for Japan relief and Doctors without Borders
And next on Romi's list of designs is "Sakaki" a shawl pattern for the people of Japan, proceeds from this design will be donated to Doctors without Borders, Japanese disaster relief. The pattern is available on Ravelry. Sakaki is a beauty.

All designs by Romi, including the 7 Small Shawls ebook, can be purchased via Paypal through Ravelry, no account necessary. Visit Romi's pattern shop for instructions.

(all photos from designsbyromi)

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