Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Please to Make the Acquaintance of My New Stole

Those nice people over at Lorna's Laces have a new yarn coming out in fall. I can't tell you what it's called, because it doesn't have a name yet. You can tell them what it's called, though, because they're putting the names suggested by the knitting public up to a vote.

It's a DK-weight silk/alpaca blend, and it's ever so nice on the fingers.

They gave me a bunch to fool about with, and this sheaf of quickie snapshots shows the result of the fooling. The colorway is under wraps until the debut at TNNA in June, so you're looking at it in black-and-white. (This is what blogging would have been like in the silent movie era.)

I'll photograph it properly when I can get it onto a model and into good light–Chicago is back to the usual February-in-May gloom that often passes for spring in these parts.

I call it Sahar.

The pattern will be available after the usual round of tech editing and test knitting.

Sahar

Sahar

Sahar

Sahar

116 comments:

Kate said...

Want! Now!

Beautiful work!!!!

Mel said...

Lovely, as always. But that's what we've come to expect from you.

Cate said...

Ooohhh, aaahhhh! It looks feathery and pretty and that vintage look in the black-and-white photographs.

Polly said...

Beautiful! Even in prehistoric black and white!

chellebelle said...

What beautiful stitch definition! Lovely work. I admire your eye for lace work, It takes a special talent to "see" the finished product before you get there. Stunning as always.

TheNobleKnitter said...

Absolutely beautiful! And I agree with Kate - WANT NEED NOW! I cannot wait for the pattern to be available Franklin! Once again, stunning!

Lisa said...

Simply SCRUMPTIOUS!!!!

JelliDonut said...

Gorgeous!

Julie said...

gorgeous! That looks like a nice sock yarn, smooth and perfect

Anonymous said...

perfect flow from on lace to another. beautiful

marie in florida

Lisa said...

OMG - As always, you have blessed us with yet another beautiful piece. I am in full agreement. WANT NOW! NEED NOW! BRAVO!

Pirate said...

That is gorgeous, even in black and white!

elsie deluxe said...

I like that very much, Franklin. Hope to see the pattern available soon.

Also just saying I think you're one of the most entertaining bloggers around, and that you might even be so for those who don't knit.

Rabbitch said...

Nice!

Yvonne said...

OH MY,that is gorgeous! And I'm lucky enough to be heading to TNNA! w00t!

twinsetellen said...

Wonderful pattern - the motifs flow in and out of each other in a way that is so supple it is hard to tell where one begins and the next ends.

As for colorway, I love it in gray!

Rachel P. said...

I love the flow of the motifs. Fantastic work and photography!

Ann said...

Such a tease you are.

I have to say, it looks beautiful in the colorway you're showing it in: GRAY IS MY OWN PERSONAL HEROIN!

Alwen said...

Ooooooh, shiny!ou

Colleen said...

Put me in line for that puppy.......love that pattern!

knit happens said...

I really like the edging. Looking forward to the pattern release.

justthreadtwiddling said...

I'm in love. It looks beautiful in b&w. I wish I were one of your test knitters!!!

skaro964 said...

wow I love it. I need the pattern :D

jpknits said...

Really beautiful. The stalking, it shall now commence.

isabella said...

please put up the pattern before Rhinebeck so we can have lots of choices to make that in. its beautiful!

lori said...

OHMYGOD that is so beautiful!!

Diane said...

Very, very nice! Now I've got to decide to stick with the pattern that came in a shawl kit or wait for yours. Always the trouble-maker, aren't you?

Gina Murphy said...

I LOVE it!! Please send me your prototype!! No?

Michele Staci said...

Wow! I love it...I really want that pattern...can't wait for you to post it!

Benita said...

I reminds me of peacock feathers for some reason. It's lovely.

calicokitty6 said...

That's a beautiful pattern. I can't wait for it to come out.

I like the black and white photos, too.

Winterhart said...

Oh, it looks so soft and lovely! And in DK weight too - intriguing!

Lynn in Tucson said...

Oh, that's nice. Veddy, veddy nice.

MsAmpuTeeHee said...

Oh gosh...lovely!
and thanks for not naming it Ann ;-)

anne marie in philly said...

black and white is often overlooked, but makes for stunning pix.

and I see you figured out your border.

now go have a lie down...you have had a busy day.

Jen said...

Lovely...

quietdanmn said...

No matter what the color may be in real life, it is simply stunning as photographed & displayed here.

Bravo!

Anonymous, too said...

The pattern is fetching, and I'm sure the stole looks wonderful on both you and Dolores.

The yarn -- the stitch definition is so good that I'd love to hear more about its other properties. Does it wash well? Does it need truly severe blocking or could it get away with little or none when knit in a more solid fabric? How does it stand up to abrasion -- say, when worn against one's 5 o'clock shadow?

Merah said...

Nice pattern! I prefer Sahar to naming their choices.

Kenneth said...

Ha! I just thought it was a particularly lovely shade of gray. Can't wait to see a pattern.

Kris said...

In my world I would call that Butta'!!

Katie K said...

that is really lovely-- so lovely, it works well in black and white!

Mindy said...

Dood! Gorgeous even in a steel-tone "colorway." Is this something I could do or would I go mad? I may not be a baby knitter anymore, but perhaps a clumsy adolescent knitter now.

KellyD said...

Can't wait to get my needles on this pattern! It's gorgeous!

Devon said...

LIKE!!

Diane said...

OK, I admit it, I'm fickle with regards to knitting kits. Do you think that 200 grams of sea silk from handmaiden would be enough to do this shawl?

FiberQat said...

oooooohhhhhhh.......

I have some Stansborough wool that is waiting to be spun up. I think it would work for this.

Stansborough wool you say? Look it up, my friend. hee hee hee....

swtrknttr said...

I feel like Dorothy waiting for my house to land... can hardly wait for the follow up photos. Lovely shawl!

Lynne said...

Bee-you-tea-full!

danièle said...

Beautiful stole, beautifully photographed !
BUT,as yourself raised the subject of pattern, could I, please, play the role of Nemesis, and remind you that some of us are still hoping since 12.2009 for the pattern of Calaf, the drop-dead gorgeous neck-warmer ?
So, for the ones who have forgotten it and for the new ones who haven't met it yet, go get a look and tell me if I am wrong to ask :0)

Gail (nosenabook) said...

Pleasedtameetcha.
(Did you put gauze over the camera lens for maximum movie-star beautification? Cause it surely is movie-star beautiful!)

HipDroppedStitches said...

Sahar... beautiful!!!

Seanna Lea said...

Your quickie snapshots leave me in awe. Beautiful!

Rosi G. said...

AWWWW, Franklin, that was soooo sweet of you to knit me a shawl!! You're such a darling. I'll email you my address so you can send that flawless beauty via FedEx today, k?

Wool Free and Lovin' Knit said...

Beautiful pattern. Those pictures remind me of the knitting pattern books of the 60's -- all black and white photos.

Allitrya Spelling said...

That's beautiful, Franklin! Excellent work!

joan said...

I shall be in line at TNNA to get a closer look I can't wait to see the color and the shawl in person

B L said...

Your stole is absolutely gorgeous! I can't wait to see it in color.

Barb

Rachael said...

I don't know how you do it Franklin, but you seem to just knock it out of the park every time you do!

Helga said...

It looks gorgeous!

nance Thacker said...

Beautiful pictures!

maxine said...

Even in B&W, Frannklin, your work is stunning.

Laurel said...

Ooh, just lovely. I don't need to see the color to say that.

Gnat said...

Wow...absolutely beautiful!!

Marianne said...

Gorgeous. Speaking of black and white, whatever happened to the Thousand Knitters project?

ColorJoy LynnH said...

It's lovely, Franklin.

Pink said...

Gorgeous!

Sahar said...

Sahar, huh. Hmmm. I think I know someone who'd be an awesome model. :)

woolandchocolate said...

Gorgeous, of course!

Erin in the Burbs said...

That is beautiful! It makes me want to wrap up in it and lose myself in my Kindle. mmmmm Uninterrupted reading time....

Green Eyed Girl said...

Just a word to the wise Franklin... the color is given away in the previous post!

And I will echo the 69 posts before me... it looks lovely! You have a gift for lace!

kris said...

such lovely stitch definition, the way each section smoothly translates .to the next.can't wait to see the colors. as Kate says"Want! Now!"
Simply gorgeous

Kris

terri said...

as everyone else has pointed out, it's absolutely gorgeous! but my not-so-inner geek desperately needs to know if "sahar" is from the arabic word/ name, or if you had something else in mind :)

Jan E said...

Even monochromotically, it's gawgious. Color will add even more--can't wait to see.

Angela said...

Love it, Franklin!

VCFibers said...

Beautiful! Even in black and white.

Rach said...

Holy effing shit!! I dream to do that one day. Just now getting into doing lace and socks. WOW

Gerri in St Paul said...

Nice. I like in black and white. It really shows the structure and, as someone else said, flow.

You know, a black and white world would be simpler to deal with and I've already got half the wardrobe I'd need (black).

Stephen said...

Gorgeous! I especially love the stitch pattern in the third photo. Can't wait to see the color!

toni in florida said...

I love that stitch pattern! And the B&W pictures are beautiful, letting the pattern show through without the distraction of what will surely be a gorgeous color.

Anonymous said...

Simply beautiful. Will watch for pattern availability....

evalyn said...

If you hand't said B&w photos, I wouldn't have noticed. Looks like sliver yarn to me. Lovely.

Beth said...

Back in my bellydancing days, I had a friend named Sahar - she was every bit as bewitching, fluid and harmonious as your Sahar, but she was always in living color!

Mindy said...

ummmmm...wasn't the colorway previously revealed under the teacups and Ann Coulter?

Franklin said...

Nope. I color-shifted the yarn in Photoshop before I posted that previous shot ;-)

jayayceeblog said...

That is so light and gorgeous!!!

dale-harriet said...

Darlin' - eye-wateringly beautiful. Is that a pattern that *I*, a not-great knitter, might could do? I have a spiritual thing with leaves and trees and growing-thingies........

Liz said...

That is gorgeous. I like the color as it is but then, I'm a sucker for gray.

Mindy said...

I wish one of the contest options was "yadoing." You know, Sahar Yadoing. Fine, and you?

Kara said...

Holy amazing. I literally cannot even imagine being able to complete this (let alone invent it!). I'm still crying my way through baby faux-lace centimeter by centimeter.

NC Knitter said...

Speaking of the silent movie era . . . the design reminds me of some decorations I once saw in a vintage movie palace. Lovely design!

Michelle said...

Nice, Franklin. Nice nice nice.

Patti said...

soooo pretty!!! I just love lace, in any color.

Experimental Knitter said...

Oh wow, I must knit that!

Lisa said...

Swooooooooooon.

Entre Nous said...

The color is just divine

Roz said...

My niece's middle name is Sahar. Does that mean I can be a test knitter for Sahar? PLEEEEEEEEEZE???

Lucia said...

I want to be your test knitter, your sherpa, your yarn winder. I want to have Dolores's baby. Anything that will get me an advance copy.

My verification string is crypths. This is either burial after death from tuberculosis or what they divide the cemetery into to figure out how many plots they can sell.

Anna-Liza said...

I think you should do at least one B&W shot of all your lace projects - this shows the pattern really beautifully. "Eager anticipation" is the correct phrase for me, waiting for you to publish!

knitlikeyoumeanit.com said...

Gorgeous!

Ann said...

My, oh my, it is truly lovely and I have just stepped into the waiting line for the pattern.

I particularly like the edge you have created and the way it enhances and frames the center. Pure perfection!

Please hurry with the pattern.

Amanda Haugland said...

Franklin, that is so gorgeous. I love the vintage photography.

I have the perfect, PERFECT yarn to use for this in a beautiful silvery grey. I look forward to acquiring this pattern. Thank you!

alala said...

Magnficient.

Sakebottleswing said...

Oh my, this looks absolutely lovely. I am eagerly awaiting the pattern for this one!

larajm on ravelry said...

Absolutely gorgeous. How does one get lucky enough to be a test knitter?

Patricia said...

It's beautiful Franklin. I can't wait to see the pattern.

EärwenElórë said...

OMG! jaw-fallen, eyes-wide open, °_°

Anonymous said...

That's a very attractive pattern. I think the name goes so well for it.
Sahar, in Arabic, is either "staying late" if pronounced exactly as is, or: the last part of night right before dawn, if pronounced with the middle ح sound.
Looking forward for the pattern.
Dina

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Christina said...

I came across this when writing an article for my blog on male crafters and I just had to comment. It's beautiful and I want it!

Michele Staci said...

I wondered if the pattern is available yet! I'm dying (no pun intended) to try it out!

Christina said...

You are amazing!

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