We have successfully launched The Linen Workshop over two weeks ago and I want to thank everyone for their encouraging comments! It is very rewarding to hear that there is so much support for my work as this is a very solo occupation. Your feedback is appreciated.
As I have said previously, I will be updating and adding new items to the website often so please check in and see what is new. My latest design goes under the category of “Everything Old is New Again” since this is the first sweater that I published some thirty years ago. The little girl on the beach is my 33-year-old daughter and this image brings back memories and stories.
The pattern is called, “Seashells” and the photo was taken on a very blustery day at the ocean when we lived in Connecticut. It was in February, and I believe it was below 20 degrees if my memory serves me right. I asked my daughter if she was willing to stand in the wind for one minute so that I could capture a photo of her and then bundle her up for a hot chocolate as a prize for her effort.
This was back in the day when you did not have the immediate gratification of seeing a photograph on your mobile device. This was the day of running your film canister to be developed and waiting a week before you knew if you got a good shot or not. I believe I did!
These past few weeks I have gone over and over the Seashells pattern, reknit the set with seashell bag and sweater, and designed the pattern download. One nice thing for me is that with the ability to capture images so easily, I can now include pictures of the process of knitting the shell step-by-step so that an intermediate knitter should be able to create this pattern easily.
This pattern will be placed in The Cotton Collection, and it will be the first entry into this group. Seashells is knit using Brown Sheep Company’s Cotton Fleece yarn that is 80 percent cotton and 20% merino wool. It is soft and easy to care for (not to mention fun to knit with).
So, on this blustery day, I am reminded of when my daughter was young, and we heard Winnie the Pooh say:
“…Oh, the wind is lashing lustily, and the trees are thrashing thrustily, and the leaves are rustling gustily, so it's rather safe to say that it seems that it may turn out to be, it feels that it will undoubtedly, it looks like a rather blustery day, today. It seems that it may turn out to be, feels that it will undoubtedly, looks like a rather blustery day, today.”
April 14, 2022