Okie. Finally it’s finished. There’s a bit of a story behind the name of this project. When I decided I wanted to teach a mosaic knitting class at the end of March I thought I had found a great, easy pattern to use for the class. Well, ummm, I started working this pattern up for a shop/class sample and discovered it was busted and was more of a string of suggestions than an actual pattern. I got to work and started knitting and writing like mad to come up with something my students could learn the technique on. The draft, (I say draft now, because a student discovered some typos) was finished about two days before the class.
First let me promise to future students, I will never teach a pattern that hasn’t been test knitted at least a half dozen times again. Things are going fine with this class, but having a couple of typos turn up has really bothered me. This is not the experience I want my students to have. Mea culpa. Mea culpa.
Anyway, all that aside; it’s finished!
I’m offering this one up for some test knitting if anyone is interested, and I have no intention of selling the pattern, but will be offering it for free since it’s my first design out of the gate. If you have a couple of 400 yard skeins of fingering weight yarn hanging about yell, I’ll happily respond with the PDF. After it’s been tested a few more times a final version will be released for download on Ravelry.
This project also featured a yarn I hadn’t had my grubby paws on before. It was worked up in Feza’s Harvest Sock, an organically dyed superwash merino. I used Rubia (Red) and Oleaster (Off-White). The two colors are striking together, and the Rubia photographs more red, but is truly a deep rusty red orange. One of my students is using the Indigo colorway with the Oleaster and it’s amazing. Working with this yarn is easy with sharp needles, it has a looser twist so blunt needles may split here and there. Don’t let the feel of the skein fool you if you pick it up, this yarn creates a very soft fabric that would be great next to the skin.
Edit: At the urging of several designer friends I’ve been told this pattern should only be available free on Ravelry for a limited time. If you are interested in this pattern the download is available here.