27 August 2015

Rilsdale Shawl! Exciting New Pattern Release!

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I've been so looking forward to showing you this design! It's been a secret project I've been working on with Briony at Gradient - she naturally dyed the glorious silk/merino yarn into a subtle gradient and I designed Rilsdale shawl to show it off. I'm so pleased to be able to release it today!

The yarn comes in a few different colour ways and will be available at the boutique knitting festival that Briony and I are heading to this weekend. My sample is knitting in the "Stringy Bark" colour way, a gentle mushroom to cream colour way.

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Rilsdale has a bit of a story :) This shawl is all about family.

Have I ever told you I'm the eldest daughter of an eldest daughter, of an eldest daughter, of an eldest daughter? Well I am - I broke the tradition with an eldest son. 

So the first of these eldest daughters was my Great-Grandmother Zoe. By all accounts Zoe was a pretty formidable woman - she is reportedly the first woman to ride astride in the area of New Zealand that she grew up - the Wairarapa - in a long pair of culottes. The story goes that Zoe was a better rider than her brothers and everyone was shocked - except her father, who was mightily proud of his strong-minded daughter. I like that story.

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Zoe got married in style and I found an article in the paper about her 1914 Spring wedding. I discovered she wore a gown of ivory crepe de chine veiled with lace and her train was trimmed with orange blossoms and pearls. It was a very splendid affair held at her parents homestead "Rilsdale" in Pahiatua near Napier (the very place I'm heading for the knitting retreat this weekend!). 

The article goes on to say what her bridesmaids wore and who came to the wedding. It all sounds very grand and wonderful and it made me laugh when I compared it to my own wedding - a relatively relaxed affair on my parents front lawn but I thought it very appropriate that my photos for Rilsdale were taken my my dear Mr Myrtle at my parents'  house where we got married! 

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My Rilsdale shawl takes a leaf from Zoe's book. She's an impressive crescent shawl full of terrifically fun techniques and striking details. Like Zoe, Rilsdale is equally happy at a high society wedding or cosily wrapped around your neck while you explore the countryside.

I've designed Risldale specifically to showcase beautiful hand-dyed and gradient yarn. The short rows will break a gradient into gorgeous wedges of colour and the combination of lace and garter is a lovely combination for a gentle tonal yarn too.

Rilsdale is the perfect pattern for knitters wanting to try their hand at short rows and lace. I've made a couple of step by step photo tutorials to show you how to knit the short rows - they're easy peasy but ever so effective!

The lace is a combination of knits, purls and k2tog stitches. Nothing tricky, my testers have enjoyed this knit :)

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Rilsdale is available to buy now in my Ravelry shop and I'm pleased to be offering it with an introductory price - grab yourself a 15% discount with the code ELDESTDAUGHTER (Offer valid until Midnight Sunday 30 August 2015 - NZ time).

Enjoy!

25 August 2015

Come Join The Spoil Yourself Stitch Along (SAL)

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Who's up for a bit of spoiling? Me! And, it just so happens that I'm hosting a "stitch along" starting Tuesday 1 September and running through the whole month of September, so come and join me!

We all know about knit alongs but what's a stitch along? Well, it's a bit of crafting fun! I'm inviting you to knit, crochet or sew something for our stitch along. Either do what you love or maybe try something new? 

Your project can be as big or small as you like but it has to be for you - and be something that you can wear or fling over your shoulder. You might like to choose a Truly Myrtle pattern but you're also welcome to make a project from another knitwear, crochet or sewing designer. (And double dipping - where you can use your project for more than one stitch along or kal - is positively encouraged!)

There'll be lots of fun chatter and support while you're making your project and I've got a bunch of fantastic prizes lined up for some lucky winners at the end of the month.

So - head over to the Budding Designers Downunder Ravelry group and get planning! That's where all the action will be - you don't have to be a member of the group to join in the fun but if you fancy joining, feel free :)

To kick off the Stitch Along and get you in the mood I'm offering a short discount on my patterns until Wednesday 2 September 2015. Use the code SPOILYOURSELF! to get a 15% discount on all of my shawls and hats.

Spread the word! I wonder what you'll make?


24 August 2015

New Pattern! Industry Shawl

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I'm really excited to let you know that my Industry shawl pattern has been published!

It's a fabulous modern textured shawl making the most of one skein of fingering yarn, that's fun to knit and easy to wear.

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I love both sides of the Industry shawl and although they're different, it's perfectly reversible. The block pattern on the "right" side reminds me of old brick factories working into the night and the "wrong" side whispers of polished steel beam reaching into the sky.

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Industry is knit from side to side - you'll start in one corner with just a few stitches and you'll watch your shawl take shape and grow as you knit. The end result is a slightly asymmetrical shawl that can be blocked into a crescent shape or a sharply pointed triangle. The choice is yours! 

I've included written and charted instructions and it's super easy to make your shawl larger if you like.

My shawl was knitted with a luxurious merino/cashmere/nylon fingering from Midnight Yarns and it's deliciously soft and cosy. I can't wait to see how it looks knitted in another yarn blend - a silk/merino will be fabulously chic and an undyed wool will enhance the cosy, textural aspect of the design.

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Treat yourself to an introductory discount of 15% off with the code INDUSTRY15 - the discount will be valid until Midnight Sunday 30 August 2015 (NZ time). Buy it here!

Happy knitting!



18 August 2015

How To Pick Up A Wrap (PUW) - Tutorial

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Here's part two of my series on knitting short rows. You can find part one: How to Knit A Wrap & Turn (W&T) here.

I'll link to both tutorials in my new pattern when it's released.

Happy knitting!

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16 August 2015

Truly Myrtle Podcast - Episode 8!

It's finally here! Episode 8 is live.

I had a few technical issues (like accidentally deleting the video off Youtube!) but eventually everything worked and I'm pleased to have a show for you.





Everything I mention:

- Holland Road Yarn Company and their South club

- Woollenflower tweed pouches

- Cal Patch sewing design book

- Colette Patterns Handbook

- Simple Modern Sewing

- Maya Dress by Marilla Walker

- Curious Handmade Wardrobe challenge (I guest posted on the Curious Handmade blog last week too)

- Merino Wool For Schools