Sunehri and Destiny patterns in Knitscene Accessories 2012!

I am so excited for this week's post! I submitted two patterns to Knitscene Accessories magazine last year, and luckily for me both of them were accepted. The knitting deadline was mid-December so I spent most of late November and the first two weeks of December knitting frantically. In fact, I think I pulled an all-nighter in order to finish the Sunehri shawl, block it, and mail it so it would get to the editors in time. It was a tough night. If you don't believe me, ask my neighbor Claudine. :) I had to borrow a fan from her to speed the drying process during blocking.

Anyway, enough of my chatter. Here are the two patterns! I'm so excited!!

I designed the Sunehri Shawl on the fly. I thought it would be cool to use the elongated stitch pattern in a shawl. However I had never designed a shawl before. I looked online for instructions on how to design a shawl. (Trust me, a Google search works wonders!) I found this post by Michelle Miller of Fickleknitter. Michelle is one of my favorite designers, and she allowed me to test knit one of the first shawls I ever knitted. That's how the Sunehri Shawl came to be. I originally designed it with a rich golden yellow yarn, which is why I picked the name "Sunehri", which means "golden" in Hindi. It's also the name of one of my favorite characters (played by Aishwarya Rai), in the fantastic Bollywood movie "Dhoom 2". (Check it out! It's a lot of fun, and has some awesome dance moves!). The magazine sample was knit in Manos del Uruguay Maxima (Highlighter colorway), on US #9 needles.

The Destiny Cowl is an oldie but goodie. Around Christmas of 2010, I was sitting around playing with some Super Bulky yarn when I thought it would be interesting to see what happen if I worked some rows of 4x4 ribbing, increased the number of stitches, and then worked a few rows of stockinette. I knit 2 more prototypes after the initial one, and submitted it along with the Sunehri Shawl for this magazine. Thankfully, it was also accepted. Yay! The sample is knit in Takhi Yarns Jackson (Midnight colorway), on US #10.5 and US #13 circular needles.

So now you know I've not been lying when I say I've been working on super secret projects! Thank you all for cheering me on and supporting me! See you next week and enjoy the holiday weekend!