The latest pattern from Katherine Matthews of Purl Diving is called Make Waffles, and it was inspired by the sitcom Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, where there’s a moment when Kimmy finally returns to her Indiana hometown for the trial of Reverend Richard Wayne Gary Wayne, who kept her and the other Mole Women sequestered for many years. Kimmy tells her friend Titus that she plans to “make waffles” out of him, the worst thing possible in her town. This cowl is a tribute to Kimmy’s unbreakable spirit. Whenever life hands you lemons? Make waffles.
The sample, shown in the photo, was knit in my own Purl Diving labelled yarn (see below for more about that) called 'Chapel Lane Chunky', hand-dyed in a limited-edition 'Unbreakable' colourway. It should work well with any bulky or chunky weight yarn that knits up to a gauge of 20sts and 28 rows over 10cm / 4in (unblocked) or 14sts and 22 rows over 10cm / 4in (blocked) in the waffle stitch pattern; I will have some suggested alternative commercial yarns in the near future.
The cowl is knit flat and comes in one size. Written instructions only, no charts. Required skills: Knit, purl, yo, k2tog, cast on, cast off.
There are a few patterns that have been published and included on the Pattern Catalogue page, but haven't been announced here on the blog page. So, to address that oversight, here are the patterns that have been added to my portfolio since the last blog post (click on each image to open full size in a new window):
- Kiran - A triangular lace shawl. The lace pattern is charted (no written instructions provided for the lace pattern) and can be worked in either of two sizes: small or large. For Intermediate to Experienced lace knitters.
- Florideae - A triangular lace shawl, with optional beaded embellishment. The lace pattern is charted (no written instructions provided for the lace pattern), for one size. For Experienced lace knitters.
- Mariza - A crescent shaped shawl incorporating a lace border adapted from the Portuguese Edging in Walker's Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns, Mariza has three panels of garter-stitch in the centre (see schematic for shaping) which results in a deeper body when compared with the earlier Amalia shoulder shawl (where the curve is achieved using short-rows). Both written and charted instructions are included, one size; for an Adventurous Intermediate knitter with some lace knitting experience.
- Tikal - A gracefully arcing shawl, a cousin to the Aldred scarf, Tikal is also inspired by architecture – in this case the edging, resembling the pyramids at the Mayan city of Tikal in Guatemala, features ribbing to echo the pyramid staircases. Written instructions only, one size; for an Adventurous Intermediate knitter.
- Tide - A 90° right-triangle shawl with a long edge taking the form of a curved coastline, and an edging resembling waves rolling onto a beach. Tide comes in one size, and the pattern includes both written instructions and charts (except for the edging, which has written instructions only). For Intermediate knitters.
- Dulce - This design, which features a version of Walker's Portuguese lace edging, includes two takes on the theme: a scarf and a shawl, both of which are not-quite triangular/almost crescent shaped (check out the schematics for the shawl and the scarf to see what I mean). The pattern includes both written and charted instructions. For intermediate knitters.
- Breakwater - Breakwater is a shallow crescent shawl. The edging, worked first, is created by knitted garter welt mitred squares in two colours. Then stitches are picked up along the top edge, and short rows create the gentle curve of the shawl. Breakwater comes in one size, includes written instructions only, and requires the following "Intermediate Knitter" skills: Knit, purl, ssk, sssk, picking up stitches, short rowing.
But Wait, There's More...
I've branched out from pattern designing and have launched (quietly) a line of Purl Diving hand-dyed yarns. These have been sold at local pop up craft shops like the Holiday Handmade POP UP Shop organized by Necessary Arts Company (where I have a studio space for dyeing yarns) in Guelph, Ontario, and at knitting shows like the KW Knitters' Fair in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario and the Woodstock Fleece Festival in Woodstock, Ontario. Here's a photo of my table in the Micro Market at the 2015 KW Knitters' Fair:
Here are a few photos of the yarns I've dyed:
The yarns I will be doing on a regular basis have been given street names from Guelph, so if you're familiar with the city I think you'll recognize them: Baker Street Fingering, Carden Street Worsted, Suffolk Street Sock, Chapel Lane Chunky and Cork Street Sock. The colourways are, I think, uniquely representative of my own sense of colour, and are often inspired by the colours I see in movies or TV shows. In any case, dyelots are small due to the nature of the hand-dyeing production process I use, and there is some variability between dyelots (and even within a dyelot), which is all part of the uniqueness - no two skeins are exactly the same.
My 'Tech Guy' (the DH) is working on setting up online sales of Purl Diving yarns, so stay tuned for more information on how to buy them online. Until then, they will be available to purchase locally in Guelph, by appointment - contact me to set up a time to meet at my studio space in the Necessary Arts Company location. You can also watch for announcements about knitting shows and pop up shops that I will be selling at in the future.
One More Thing...
I also have for sale some knitting themed (click on the photo to view the full size image which will let you better see the knit stitch pattern in the surface of the pieces), hand crafted ceramics from Charan Sachar of Creative With Clay. Here's a picture of the items I have available:
In the front is a small round knitted dish (7.6 cm/3 inch diameter; priced at CA$22) that's useful for holding a teabag, small notions or beads while doing beaded knitting; behind that, on the left is a knitted drinking cup with no handle (8.9 cm/3.5 inch high by 7.6 cm/3 inch diameter, holds 237 mL/8 oz.; priced at CA$36) and on the right is a knitted medium tea mug with a handle (10 cm/4 inch high by 7.6 cm/3 inch diameter, holds 266 mL/9 oz.; priced at CA$54). These are beautifully made and each of them is available in three colours - the dish in the photo is blue, the cup (no handle) is green, and the mug (with handle) is honey. As with my yarns, these are available at my studio space (by appointment), or when I am selling at knitting shows or pop up shops. Once online sales are set up, they will be listed there as well. They are produced by hand in limited quantities, and are hard to find in Canada - great if you're looking for a unique item to show your passion for knitting, or as a unique gift for another lucky knitter. Contact me by email 'purldiving(AT)purldiving(DOT)com' (replace the (AT) and (DOT) that I've used to avoid spammers with @ and . respectively) if you're interested in purchasing and we can work out the details.