Occasionally, a pattern just seems to occur everywhere you look. Recently, zigzags seemed to leap into sight wherever I turned: on cushion covers on holiday in our hotel’s lounge; on stitching when practising using my new Bernina sewing machine; on road markings when Badger and I went for a walk!
So, I just had to design a pattern based on zigzags. Firstly, I had to choose the height of my zigzags and their width. A number of rough drafts and swatches followed, culminating in a repeating pattern that I could punch out on to my 24-stitch wide and 60-row long punchcards. Next, colours. I decided to focus on one background colour with two or three complementary stripes. The result is “Zigzags”. Not the most original name I know, but it is what it is and you can’t beat simplicity!
I have recently reviewed my bag sizes, ending some lines and adding new ones. So, I will now be producing the following sized bags (dimensions approximate):
- pencil/tool case – 22cm x 7cm x 10cm;
- small rectangular bag – 22cm x 7cm x 14cm;
- small square bag – 19cm x 7cm x 18cm for a limited time only;
- project bag with handles & skein holders – coming soon; and
- bucket bag with handles – 40cm x 15cm x 35cm.
Here are a few photos of the various sized bags, in some of Woolly Originals’ designs. The outer fabric of the bags is machine knit on my vintage Knitmaster in wool from KnitRennie in Aberdeenshire and lined in linen or cotton fabrics from Scottish Linen In Fife.
Bucket Bag & Small Square Bag in “Whisky Bottles” design
Small Rectangular Bags in “Mini Tessellating Callanish Standing Stones” and “Bandit Brioche” designs
Pencil/Tool Case in “Nordic Stars” design
Small Square Bags in “Bandit Brioche” design
Small Rectangular Bags in “Apple Sherbet” design
Small Rectangular Bag in “Tessellating Root Veg” design
Small Rectangular Bags in “Nordic Stars” design
Bucket Bag in “Summer Landscape” design
Small Rectangular Bag in “Bandit Brioche” design
Having visited a number of whisky distilleries, and drank a fair share of Scottish malt whisky, it seemed only appropriate to design a new fabric based on this! During our most recent island adventure, we visited Islay and in particular the distilleries of Bruichladdie, Ardbeg and Bunnahabhain. Touring the stills, the warehouses and the sampling were all so enjoyable!
Recently I’ve been thinking of a design that encompasses my love of malt whisky. Eventually, I realised that it was the shape of all the different branded bottles that grabbed my attention: the tall bottles of Talisker from Skye or Glenlivet from the Spey valley; the curvy Jura; the slightly squat Bunnahabhain or Bruichladdie; the medium sized Highland Park from Orkney, to name but a few. After a few design swatches and revisions, I now have a pattern I am happy with. Production to start soon!
I love the Waterlily pattern by Meghan Fernandes which was published in the Spring 2014 issue of PomPom magazine. The combination of knitting in the round, Latvian braids and lacework are so appealing.
I knit my first Waterlily in 2015, starting on 11th June and finishing on 28th Aug, using beautiful Splendor 4-ply yarn in Little Cat Feet from GingerTwistStudio. Initially apprehensive about the Latvian braid, Meghan’s wonderful tutorial walked me through the construction. I generally struggle with lacework, but the simple repeat pattern soon clicked into my memory. I was happy with the result, and for its debut, wore it to the Edinburgh International Festival for my birthday treat.
A second Waterlily followed. Again I used a wonderful yarn from GTS, Luscious 4-ply in Gorblimey. Both braid and lacework flew off my needles this time, and once again I was pleased with how easy the pattern was to knit. And, this version debuted on a recent wonderful weekend away!