…these are the key words for “Subtil: 6 Simple Shawls” which I have been promising since the beginning of the year. Over the past few months, the idea has evolved, devolved, been edited, pared down and simplified to really reflect an aesthetic of purity, cleanliness and grace. I hope. To strive for the essential design without feeling the need to “decorate” is a personal creative challenge for this year (not as easy as it sounds), as is learning to see and appreciate the inherent beauty in objects and materials and allowing them their own aesthetic voice. I’ve used predominantly natural fibers, some plant, some animal in a simple, restrained palette like this Manos del Uruguay Fino.
Tomorrow marks the release of N° 1: Echo. Sample knitter Annette B. and I worked very hard on this one, reaching out across the miles by telephone, email, FedEx and UPS to develop this lovely shawl. It was composed in New Orleans during Jazz Fest, where from Miss Laura’s patio a storey above and 1/4 mile to the left of the festival, we could hear strains of joyful music, made delicate by distance. Hence, Echo!
Due to Annette’s incredible efforts, Echo will be released tomorrow July 7, actually on schedule, barring any hold-up in customs. I’m aiming for a mid-afternoon release. Continuing in the Free Pattern Friday vein, Echo along with the rest of the series, will be free for a period of one week before reverting to a paid Ravelry pattern. I’ll post a coupon code for the pattern here on the blog which can be redeemed at Ravelry so that the pattern will always be available in your Ravelry library.
Friends, I am so excited to bring you these new things! I look forward to tomorrow with my fingers crossed for an easy trip through customs. See you then!