Thursday, February 9, 2012

Meet Deborah Glaser of Oblivious Knits & Win a Pattern

Announcing the winners of the
Oblivious Knits' giveaway...drum roll please!


First Place - Grace wins the Seymour Shawlette Kit
Second Place - Catsmum aka Susan In Stitches
wins the Cleves Shawl pdf pattern


Ladies please email me at sandrasingh@sandrasingh.com
with delivery information

And Thank You to everyone who entered!

Enjoy Deborah Glaser's patterns at
Oblivious Knits

At the start of this new year I asked, "What type of knitter will you be in 2012?" and the response was fantastic! World wide hand knitters told me they're looking forward to learning new techniques and discovering new yarns and knitwear artists. Since Sandrasingh.com opened its virtual doors in May of 2005 I've been committed to helping hand knitters transform their creative inspirations into beautiful realities and 2012 is off to an exciting start!

Quite a few knitters reported they're looking forward to enjoying more lace projects and as I'm always searching for new talent to introduce to you I immediately began to research designers who specialize in lace. Its with great pleasure I introduce my first new knitwear artist of 2012, Deborah Glaser of Oblivious Knits!

Meet Deborah Glaser: A mixed-media artist, Deborah taught herself knitting in 2004 while working on songs with her fiancé and their band, Spokes. She has rarely picked up her guitar since, but married her fiancé. When not making secret art projects and obsessively watching TV, Deborah self-publishes knitting patterns under the name Oblivious Knits. Oblivious Knits can be found on Twitter, Facebook, Etsy, Ravelry, and Google +.

Besides the intricate beauty of her designs what caught my eye was Glaser's theme, she's writing an entire collection of lace shawl patterns based on the torrid and bloody history of the Six Wives of Henry VIII. The first two are complete and are absolutely magical!

Cleves

The first in the series is Glaser's Cleves Shawl, based on Anne of Cleves, Henry's 4th wife in 1540, she survived the union with a divorce! Designed in a top down triangular shape the stitch work of Cleves reflects upon Anne's life, her brief marriage to the King January to July 1540 and her subsequent peaceful life at Hever Castle with the honorary title the "King's Sister." It is worked in a lovely combination of two DK weight yarns to further showcase her transitions.



And of course Glaser includes instructions to knit Cleves in a lace or fingering weight yarn by simply adjusting your needle size.

The Seymour Shawlette is the second in the series to be offered. Jane Seymour was Henry's second wife and she died shortly after giving birth to their son Prince Edward. She is also the only wife to be buried with the King in his tomb at St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle. The shawlette has an interesting three quarter square shape and is knit from the top neck down to the bottom edges. Its comprised of three triangular sections that are worked identically, the triangles are made of solid stripes of stockinette interrupted by a lace stripe that evokes tiny forget-me-nots and crowns, flowing into overlapping ovals and hearts at the bottom edges. Special Estonian stitches are described in the pattern. The design evokes Henry's love for his bride, it was well known that he felt Jane to be his first "true wife."


Seymour Shawlette

The pattern includes both written & charted instructions with stitch counts provided for every row. Seymour is knit with only one skein of Jojoland's silk and cashmere lace weight yarn Consonance and its a lovely light-weight accessory perfect for year round wear.


Glaser & I decided to introduce her work by hosting a blog giveaway!
There will be 2 winners:
1st prize is the Seymour Shawlette pattern and a skein of Jojoland Consonance in color #1618 Light Sage to knit it in.
2nd prize is the
Cleves Shawl pattern.

And Glaser cordially agreed to do an interview for us and of course the first thing I asked her about was...

1. Why design a series of lace shawls around the Six Wives of Henry VIII?

I read the Allison Weir book, The Six Wives of Henry VIII, many years ago...which lead to a summer of obsessively reading everything the library had on everyone from Henry VIII through Napoleon. I was captivated by the descriptions of clothing and fabrics, too. I reread Six Wives, and also Queen of Fashion (what Marie Antoinette wore to the revolution) (also a good book). Then the Tudors series came to TV, and I thought "this is NOT how I pictured these women!!" It moved from there to wanting to make portraits of some sort, so what one thing would I make to represent the woman if she was who I've read about merged with how she's portrayed on screen? I decided on shawls, and the only thing decided on right then was color. Each Wife was given a color on an index card that went on the mood board. The part of me that wanted order, wanted them made in order. I saw Aragon as a black lace rectangle, but I had just worked with black lace weight on an Estonian shawl and *clearly* needed to save money for glasses first!


I made the first version of Cleves in white, because I saw her as pure from having been untouched by the King. The first few repeats were very free and loose, and then became rigidly organized flowers inside of diamonds (to represent the marriage and the restrictions therein), then broke free into leafy diamond repeats (to represent her riches won from learning to play cards and win), then into fields of flowers (to represent the land and given to her by the King as part of the annulment), then I crocheted picot "crowns" on the bottom edge. I showed it to the lys owner, but she said that knitters didn't want crochet mixed with their knitting patterns. So Cleves sat on the shelf for a while.


Last year, I had the opportunity to work with Artyarns, and chose the very dark red color for Boleyn, which was the first shawl released in the series. She was very simple and easy, and had a unique border and edge. It's a very clearly written pattern, but some knitters had problems understanding the math. I say, trust the pattern, because the designer has spent countless hours working on the math for you.


I then simplified Cleves, so she would only have four motifs and no crochet edge, and worked her in mossy greens, because moss is so fresh to me, and yet some people look at it like it's an eyesore, or a weed...something that doesn't belong.


The Jojoland for Seymour had been picked out years before the design. I was sketching with yarn and made all sorts of stitches with three motions in them, and they looked like columns in architecture or something. I loved them, but the stitch count wouldn't expand to the size I wanted without disrupting the flow of the motions. So I used stockinette stripes for building width. I love the shape that blocked out. And in the Jojoland the points blocked and didn't stay rigid, because the cashmere/silk blend just melts. It's so soft!


The next was to be wife 5, and I had her in Jojoland as well, in a peachy blush color. For some reason, I kept seeing her as ruffles. I couldn't make myself knit plain ruffles. So I've been reworking her lately in my head. Part of me still thinks she's ruffles. My husband and I are watching the Tudors series again, and I'm getting new ideas. I'm working on a ridiculous piece right now that I want to be wife 5. The fiber looks like cotton candy, but it wouldn't work for the series. I'm starting to wonder if she might want to be fuchsia mohair?


Wife 6 is ready on paper. But I want the order to be 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 1. Because if I'm going to lose my vision, it'll be on the last piece, and Aragon is black.

I'm hoping to get them all ready and released by the summer. Originally, I had it in mind to release them all, and a second collection, by the end of last year. My body and mind don't work at the same pace as the ideas, though. If there was some way to use a sketch, scan it into a computer and have a finished pattern come out, that would be ideal!

2. Every knitwear artist has an interesting story about how they began designing. Please tell us about yourself and what got you interested in knitting and designing knitwear.

I’ve been making things all my life and decided that I would teach myself to knit by age 34 (because it was a random number). I bought a “learn-to-knit-kit” and got bored immediately, I actually thought “that’s all there is?” I made baby things for my niece when she was born, but didn’t get the reaction (or pictures) I was hoping for. I read every magazine and every pattern, and started obsessively knitting swatches from the patterns. If a pattern didn’t make sense to me, I’d read it over and over for weeks until it made sense.

Sweaters were hard to get to fit right, with my proportions at the time, and with limited access to yarn (and an allergy to lanolin that made me afraid of wool) I lost interest in knitting kitchen-cotton sweaters. I started knitting lace swatches from charts in a book from the library and fell in love. It was like completing a puzzle.

My mother lost her job, and money got even tighter, so I was not going to be able to spend as much on magazines and yarn anymore. I went through my magazines to the patterns I had marked and knit a square lace shawl by Annie Modesitt, and a silk lace stole with beads by Karen Joan Raz. This was how I learned that certain fibers have no memory, and won’t hold their shape after blocking.

I fell in love with Elizabeth Freeman’s lace shawls in Knitty (Laminaria and Aeolian), and wanted to make them with yarn that would block. There was baby alpaca lace yarn for under $8.00 at the new LYS. I loved the Estonian stitches! I loved the charts and the symbols and making holes in my knitting, and the way decreases would pull the holes in one direction or another. I loved blocking. Well, it’s more love/hate.

I made two lace shawls from scratch and charted the patterns. The LYS owner approached me about designing for her for money, and being broke, I thought it was a way to save us from poverty. It didn’t - It made me feel like I was worth nothing because I spent 12 hours a day knitting and pattern writing, and then half a year chasing down the money. So I created Oblivious Knits last year to be a place where I could create anything I wanted, and publish it myself.

3. What is your design philosophy?

I like one size fits all – and that’s where shawls come in.

I don’t like to use stitch dictionaries for patterns or motifs. I use the yarn and needles to sketch and experiment and play….or I use graph paper and mechanical pencil and draw symbols and see what happens. Very often, I don’t like what comes from graph paper and pencil alone. I usually knit something, and then have to do forensic knitting to figure out how I got the end design.

I love shawls because they’re light on the wrists and hands, which are places I deal with pain, and I know other knitters may experience this as well. I also love that a knitter can buy a skein of baby alpaca lace or Malabrigo lace for very little money and make a beautiful thing for themselves or someone else and it doesn’t matter what size the person is. Shawls fit everybody, and can be worn so many ways…or hung on the wall.

I’ve drawn some cables, but don’t know how I want to utilize them yet.

I’ve also been crocheting since I was in my early 20’s, and made some shawls a few years ago. I don’t have a program to help with diagramming crochet patterns, which may be good, because I’d want to draw shawls too. There’s not enough life left to do everything I’d want to do!


4. Who or what inspires you the most in your design process?

Whatever I’m obsessed with at the moment…a book, a biography, a song, a movie, a revolution, and I make associations. At the core, it’s something dark in me that I need to expel, and I associate it with something else to try and make it beautiful. Also, it’s just a need to create things – if I’m not knitting something, or creating something, it’s not a good sign. With anger, it is easier to use it in a song than in knitting. It’s hard for me to just say “I have to design something now”. It has to come from play, because it won’t be forced, no matter how hard I try.


5. What direction do you see yourself heading in as a designer?

I have the Six Wives series to finish, and have two more collections in mind. I would love to keep playing with lace and different textures and fibers. I’ve thought about making some one of a kind pieces and selling on etsy. It’s so much fun to play with the yarn, but translating what I’ve made back into a written/charted pattern for someone else to follow is not my favorite thing. Being a “designer” - It’s a little like being a teacher or a leader. I’m more of a “does not play well with others” sort. I have problems with getting my ideas out and feeling they’re good enough, so it takes a very long time agonizing over something and reworking it and over thinking it. My therapist says “paralysis by over analysis”. I always want everything to be perfect, and that’s kind of the opposite of what’s good for me. I need to be able to express myself creatively, because if it doesn’t come out that way, it becomes destructive. I know there are lots of ways I can express myself as an artist, and so many ideas I want to experiment with, but I don’t know for certain that writing knitting patterns is a large part of the future.


6. How have the advances in technology and the internet helped you (or hindered) you as a knitwear designer?

Without the internet, I wouldn’t have started ObliviousKnits, or self-published any designs. I still find Ravelry very intimidating, actually. But through Twitter and Facebook, I’ve met other artists, and it makes me feel like there may be some people who have something in common with me. When there are times where a company isn’t paying you for your work, there is likely someone else who has had a similar experience and has advice. If there is someone dealing with a design lull, or they feel stuck, there is usually someone paying attention with tips to get the spark back. If there is someone with a beautiful yarn you have an idea for, there is the possibility for collaboration. I’m homebound, but I’m able to converse with other creative people I would never have met or had access to in my life, because of the internet. I met my best friend, Kim, who is an indie dyer (At Knits End Yarns), and we’ve had giveaways with our friend Chris (Knitting Glass Guy) who makes glass knitting needles and other yarnie tools. Hey, I even found my husband on the internet. Or he found me. I forget. It was 10 years ago.

And back to the question - because of the internet, I was able to get my ideas out of my head a little bit.

Deborah thank you so much for sharing your story with us. And I'm so glad you decided to share your amazing inspiration, insights and design process for your Six Wives of Henry VIII collection and I look forward to the next 4 shawls!

There will be 2 winners for this giveaway and they'll be announced on Feb. 19th. Both patterns will be emailed to the winners as PDFs.

Enter this Giveaway: The more ways you enter, the more chances you have to win and make sure to leave a comment telling what you did to enter. And please make sure to leave your contact information.

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154 comments:

Diana said...

I should win for being the first to leave a comment, and having been fascinated by the Tudors since childhood.

Tish said...

I think I should win because I love shawls and am intrigued by the theme of these designs. I would like the Cleves pattern as I feel the need to use a thicker yarn lately.... BUT I would personally love to see the original pattern with the crochet edging as I have been crocheting 20 years longer than I have been knitting. ^_^

Knittingdancer on Ravelry said...

I am a member of your Ravelry group.

Knittingdancer on Ravelry said...

I am a follower of your blog.

Knittingdancer on Ravelry said...

I receive your newsletters by email.

sosarahsew said...

I have knitted for years but never made a shawl before. Winning would be the perfect reason to start my first shawl. THanks for the chance.

sosarahsew said...

Of the two pictured shawls, I think I would start with the Cleves. The mossy green is so inviting. I read the same book this fall and think this a really cool form of inspiration! Thanks again.

Grace said...

I too have been fascinated with the tudors, there is speculation we are descendants but it hasn't been proven YET, and have voraciously read everything I can find, I am a member of the rav group and follow you, I will mention the contest on my blog tomorrow

Much success to Deborah (my daughter is also Deborah) she has designed some lovely shawls

sosarahsew said...

I am a follower and receive your emailings as well. Beautiful patterns!!

suburban prep said...

I would love to win for the reason that I love shawl knitting. I have been knitting shawls for my prayer shawl group to give to people in need.

suburban prep said...

I like the Cleves pattern.

suburban prep said...

I belong to your Ravelry group as msgb

suburban prep said...

I receive your newsletters

suburban prep said...

I am a follower of your blog.

knitterlydesigns said...

I should win because I will make and lovingly wear these shawls

knitterlydesigns said...

I am a follower on your blog.

knitterlydesigns said...

I am a member of your ravelry group as knitterlydesigns

Peg (mayounger on Ravelry) said...

It is my birthday the 21st :) I would love a gift!

mayounger on Rav

Peg (mayounger on Ravelry) said...

I like you on Facebook.

Peg (mayounger on Ravelry) said...

I get your email and I love all the patterns you give links for <3

Peg (mayounger on Ravelry) said...

I love shawls, and love them in heavier weights than lace weight yarn; I have tremors andfam finding it difficult to knit something that fine:)

Peg (mayounger on Ravelry) said...

I have your blog in my Favs :)

ritainalaska said...

i should win ... i'm on a shawl kick and loving it; giving them away as i finish each. i'm using different lace and sock yarn, and different styles and techniques on each.

Tish said...

I should win because I noticed that you said Jane Seymour was Henry's 2nd wife, when in fact she was his Third.

Tish said...

Seymour shawl is my favorite because it is just so beautiful.

Connie said...

Thanks so very much for a chance to win these lovely shawl patterns. My first choice would be Cleves and I just love the theme that Deborah has chosen.

@my said...

Seymour is SHAWLICIOUS!!!

Anonymous said...

My goal this year is knitting more lace. I like Seymour because of the shaping in it. Pretty color, too!

charquilter said...

Love the Seymour shawl. My goal is to work on more shawls this year!

WendyMcD & Giggles said...

Cause I need to knit 12 shawls this year... normally I knit more though! ;-) AND I hostess IcelandicLaceShawl on Yahoo Groups where we KAL through four shawls a year together.

MaddyP said...

I am a huge fan of knitting, lace, shawls, Allison Weir, the history of Henry VIII, and on and on. I would be thrilled with either pattern and look forward to the completion of the collection. What an incredible undertaking!

Anonymous said...

If you haven't decided on a color for wife #6, Katherine Parr, yet, I hope it will be a soaring sky blue. She outlived the old horror and married a man she loved before she died. That blue would be for breaking free!

I like the "ridiculous" peach ruffled thing for poor Catherine Howard. She was a silly child, but paid for it.

RoamingKnitter said...

I love the Seymour Shawlette! The lace & drape are beautiful. You are one of my "Likes" on Facebook.

Anonymous said...

I love the shawl and want to win it.

Grace said...

I did post it on my blog today

http://lovincomfortknits.blogspot.com

sparky136 said...

I like the Seymore because the Cleaves is a little intimidating to me. I haven't done much lace knitting.

Anonymous said...

I am almost afraid to win, since this amazing shawl looks a bit beyond my knitting skills - but what a great project on which to stretch my abilities! So I am hoping I win.

Amelia said...

I'm much more drawn to the Seymour pattern. One of my ancestors knew Thomas Boleyn (father of Anne & Mary); my Baldwin ancestor was an innkeeper at a place Tom Boleyn often stopped on his travels back and forth. Ravelry intimidates me, too, so I "liked" the www.sandrasingh.com Facebook page. :)

Sally said...

I think I should win because I love to spin and knit shawls with my handspun yarn. The Cleves is the shawl I would knit first. It just really caught my eye, although I will probably knit all of the shawls in the series.

EarthMama said...

What a fabulous interview! I should win because I felt an enormous connection to Deborah as far as her "one size fits all" belief, and having to deal with perfection. I knit shawls exclusively, there is no end to their beauty and elegance. I am the oldest of 7, and all of my siblings & in-laws own one of my creations! Cleves is the pattern that has truly captured my eye.

EarthMama said...

I receive your newsletter, Sandra! It's always very well written and up to date with great patterns and yarns.

EarthMama said...

I am a member of the Sandra Singh Ravelry Group!

EarthMama said...

Sandra- I follow you on Facebook.
ps: love keeping up to date with your store, also fun to see your RL stuff too !

EarthMama said...

Sandra- Now I am following this Blog! We are connected in so many ways, we will be close personal friends by the time this contest is over!!! hahaha :D (me= not a stalker)

Knittingdancer on Ravelry said...

I should win this contest because I love knitting shawls.

Knittingdancer on Ravelry said...

I like the Seymour Shawlette pattern because of the ways its drapes.

kathy b said...

I love jojoland so Seymour is my favorite. I would love to win. Grace sent me from her blog, lovincomfort knits

New Jersey Laura said...

Love the theme idea :)

Sandinmysocks on Ravelry said...

I love the Seymour Shawlette! I think it would be wonderful in the "turtle green". What a wonderful collection, I love the idea of a tribute to the wives of old Henry. =)
I need to win because I do not have the funds to purchase. =(
Ravelry group member, receive Newsletters, follow blog, "like" your facebook page, and enjoy all I receive from you =)

amosellie said...

very interesting interview and beautiful patterns. Thanks for doing this!

craftyretiredsue said...

I should win because I am old and have little time to enjoy the beaties created today. I started knitting in the fifth grade and have knitted ever since. But today, the world seees knitting in a very different eye. I do write my own patterns to use over and over again. But the delicate lace does tell stories. It would be a challenge for the future! It is something very wonderful in this world to look forward to and appreciate. I am also a member of your Ravelry group! I wish everyone could tell such a deliteful story about their creation as did Deborah Glaser!

Helene said...

I love everything British and I'm just starting to knit shawls. I would love to win the Cleves pattern.

mamayaga said...

My favourite is Seymour Shawlette because IT IT GORGEOUS.
I should win because a girls can never have enough shawls and after I knit it, I will bragg about winning to everybody I know.

blessed speedy said...

I love the Cleves pattern - also because Ive been divorced and survived! Also love knitting and shawls

SewPatch54 said...

I am laceknits on Ravelry, so you can tell that I love knitting lace! I love to knit shawls, and hope I win.
I am a huige fan of Tudor and Elizabethan England, I read everything about that era that I can get my hands on, fiction and non-fiction.

SewPatch54 said...

I love the Cleves shawl, it was love at first sight. It is already Faved on Ravelry! It is so lacey and beautiful.

SewPatch54 said...

I receive your newsletter.

SewPatch54 said...

I just joined the Ravelry group and introduced myself.

Nanny Jean said...

I am a shawl lover and I like your Cleves shawl.I have made 6 shawls so far and have one on the needles now.I read your blog.

KeesieMommy said...

Each of Henry's wives had her own tragic story. I am intrigued by the Aragon design for the Spanish queen caught in a loveless marriage to a self-indulgent king who would never be satisfied. However the choice between Cleves and Seymour leads me to Jane's shawlette, which would be an easier introduction to the collection I eventually hope to complete. This might be the lace shawl I first complete. I have a wretched record of incomplete projects since I am distracted by every bright and shiny new object (project) as is a raccoon

Donnell said...

I would like to win. I particularly like the Seymour shawl, although I need to tell you she was the third wife (after Katherine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn), not the second.

Sheila said...

Sheilakay on Ravelry
I read all I could get my hands on re Henry VIII and his wives from my junior high years through the present. I loved the Tudors and have them on DVD to watch over and over again. I taught myself to knit from a book when I was expecting my first child and after dabbling in other needlecrafts, nowadays I mostly knit (with a bit of crochet thrown in). I have never had the courage to design something and was really fascinated by the process discussed in this interview. My youngest daughter is also a huge fan of the wives of Henry VIII and I am hoping to win a pattern to make as a gift for her. Keep designing and being an inspiration!

LindSamm said...

I think they are all particularly beautiful and would be happy with any of them. I'm an avid lace knitter, mainly shawls, and love the Tudor time period! I'm also glad to see I'm not the only one who noticed the misprint of Jane Seymour being the 2nd wife rather than the 3rd. But hey, with that many wives, its easy to get them out of order! :)

mj said...

I should win because I've decided to start knitting more shawls and either one of these would be a wonderful addition to my soon-to-be shawl wardrobe.

LindaB said...

I love kniting shawls, easy of the wrists and so portable. I have started to venture into lace and find I am still amazed and delighted at the difference blocking makes.
Both shawls are beautiful, but 'Cleves' just looks so ethereal and delicate, like wearing a cloud around your neck.
You've chosen very interesting women for your theme. x.

Roxyrana on Ravelry

Deirdre said...

that's an amazing shawl and I'd love to try to knit it.

Renee said...

My favorite of the two patterns is Cleves, because it's finer and more intricate looking, and because of the crochet picot edging.

Renee said...

I am a member of your Ravelry group, as Beanswife.

Renee said...

I should win one of these patterns because I love to make shawls (love the "no fitting" aspect!), and need to learn to knit lace. (I crochet.)

Renee said...

I receive your newsletters by email.

Renee said...

I'm your friend on facebook.

renee said...

I've "liked" you and left a comment about this giveaway on facebook.

Rose said...

I really love the Cleves pattern as I am a more plain type person myself. It reminds me of a feeling of security

Rose said...

I am a member of your Ravelry group.

Rose said...

I love your blog and always enjoy receiving your newsletters

knittingrammie said...

Your shawls are lovely. I would love to knit either of them.

Shateen said...

I should win because I have never knit a shawl and I think this would be a really fun and challenging start! I really like the Cleves design. I am a part of your facebook group, I get your newsletter and follow your blog. What a great giveaway! Thanks!

Susie B said...

I receive your newsletters. I have always been intrigued by Henry VIII and his wives. I love the Cleves pattern .

ikkinlala said...

I should win because I'm trying to knit more lace this year.

ikkinlala AT yahoo DOT ca

ikkinlala said...

The Cleves pattern is my favourite because it's less frilly.

ikkinlala AT yahoo DOT ca

tinygeekcrafter said...

I should win because I love historically inspired knits made for modern life :)

tinygeekcrafter said...

My favorite is the Seymour Shawlette with its lovely repeating and stacked pattern.

Mel said...

I love the shawlet! Im just learning lace knitting and it looks so beautiful it makes me want to learn more!

Anonymous said...

I really love the shawlette.. I just started doing lace and this is such a pretty shawl..

lauriekivi on Ravelry

Beth W. said...

Love it! It would be helpful to win...to keep my hands busy as my kids are getting ready to start baseball again...lots of hours of sitting there.. Thanks! Yhime407 on Ravelry

Beth W. said...

I follow you!

Unknown said...

Why do I deserve to win? Hmmmm, because like Deborah Glaser I understand what it's like to be too poor to buy expensive pattern books and patterns all the time. I have a 4 year old on dialysis (soon to be on the kidney transplant list) and boy are those medical bills expensive!

Rav: chriscrossed
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Unknown said...

My fave? suffice to say that I am in love with the Seymour Shawlette. It is simply gorgeous!

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Unknown said...

I'm a member of your Rav group and intro'd myself on the welcome thread. Looks like a fun group!

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Unknown said...

Hmmmmm, tried to friend you on facebook but it only gave me the option to subscribe...so I did that! (christy burgins cross on FB)
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Unknown said...

following on Twitter!

I am @aidenscross on Twitter

Unknown said...

following on GFC : christy cross

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IngridSera on Ravelry said...

Followed you on Twitter. -ingridsera

czsknits said...

I'd love to win this give away! Knitting something is more personal when you know the background of the piece and the designer. I am working on a shawl now that I started in a class taught by the designer.

Anonymous said...

I would love to win because I will get alot of use from one for myself as a disabled knitter in Alaska and sage is beautiful on me because I'm a redhead. It will keep me warm in bed in style as I enjoy makeing more to give love, warmth, and appretiation for the women who bless my life with their love and support everyday.

dqdenyse said...

I am dqdenyse, not anonymous as both messages suggest, who knows what I did wrong. dqenyse@yahoo.com

dqdenyse said...

I think this post is from blogspot. I am dqdenyse and will enjoy making one and having it take the chill off from my bed or sofa where I spend most of my time. Redheads look good in sage. I will also make them to give warmth and love to the women who give their love and support to me.

catsmum said...

I should win because I'm an obsessive knitter of shawls and collector of shawl patterns :)

catsmum said...

and I liked you on Facebook

catsmum said...

and signed up for your newsletter

catsmum said...

oh and btw it's the delicacy of Cleves that makes it my favourite

Knittinggirl said...

I should win as I really want to knit something for myself and the shawls look lovely!

Knittinggirl13 on rav.

Knittinggirl said...

My favourite design is the Seymour Shawlette.

Knittinggirl13 on rav.

Knittinggirl said...

I am a member of your Ravelry group.

Knittinggirl13 on rav.

Knittinggirl said...

I recieve your newsletter.

Knittinggirl13 on rav.

Knittinggirl said...

I am a follower of your blog.

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Anonymous said...

I should win because it is time for me to knit a shawl, it would be the first ever. Cleves would be the one for me

marlib7 on ravelry

Galatina said...

The shawls are gorgeous. I love knitting lace patterns and would love to win. Thanks for a lovely giveaway.

Barb said...

I think they all are pretty. I have not made a shawl, looks really hard to do!

onatiiub@yahoo.com said...

I would like to do all the shawls as they have a wonderful history. I would make these shawls and give the history along with they. The shawls are all wonderful.

riverwatcher said...

I should win because I love shawls, and Henry VIII. I loved the book Six Wives!!! I may have to reread it now.

I love the Cleves pattern! I prefer to use a thicker yarn for shawls. Plus the design is enchanting!

I am riverwatcher on Ravelry.

riverwatcher said...

Joined your Ravelry group and introduced my self.

I am riverwatcher on Ravelry.

riverwatcher said...

I signed up for your newsletter.

I am riverwatcher on Ravelry.

JLL24 said...

I love beautiful shawls, besides I knit.

JLL24 said...

I really like the Cleves Shawl, there is something so delicate about it.

JLL24 said...

I follow your blog! YES I DO!

JLL24 said...

All of my fellow knitters have been told about your blog/giveaway. They should be here shortly.

tvanwormer said...

I love the shawls, and I love the Tudors.

Crafty Gardener said...

The Seymour shawlette looks lovely, would love to win as I'm looking for a new pattern to work on.

Jane S. said...

I think this series of shawls is amazing! It's such a clever idea, and of course they will all be very different since those 6 women were so different.

Cleves is my favorite of these 2 that are featured. It's more what I imagine when I think of a knitted lace shawl.

Linette said...

This is an awesome idea and I can't wait for the other shawls.

I think I should win, because I just got into knitting shawls and this would be my second big shawl - it would be perfect.

I love the Seymour a bit better, because of its variation of stitches and my style. (also because she was Henry's first true love = I just celebrated my 10 year anniversary with my first true love)

leah said...

I should win because I am new to knitting shawls (in the midst of making my first two) and I love it.

winterlover on rav

Leah said...

Seymour shawl is my fave because I love the colour.

winterlover on rav

Leah said...

I like you on FB.

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Leah said...

I follow you on Twitter.

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Leah said...

I follow your blog.

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Janet said...

I joined your rav group

Janet said...

I told my knitting circle about you.

Janet said...

I deserve to win this project because (1) I love history, (2) I believe that women in history made some of our most colorful accounts of history, (3)I want to win this contest, and (4)my college presented "Lion in Winter"

Janet said...

I like'd you on facebook

Janet said...

I like the Seymour design because Jane Seymour was one of my two favorites among Henry's wives.

Janet said...

I have invited several of my knitting friends to join your group on Rav

CarolynK said...

I love both patterns but esp. the Seymour shawlette. I've signed up for the newsletter and am a follower of your blog. Hope I'm lucky to win a pattern.

Anonymous said...

My favorite is the Cleves shawl. There's something almost ethereal about it. It's got a complexity to the pattern that is off set by the simplicity of the repeats. Should I win the pattern I would love to make this for my Aunt, who first introduced me to the Tudors with Anne of a Thousand Days :o)

Sushikette of Ravelry said...

My favorite is the Cleves shawl. There's something almost ethereal about it. It's got a complexity to the pattern that is off set by the simplicity of the repeats. Should I win the pattern I would love to make this for my Aunt, who first introduced me to the Tudors with Anne of a Thousand Days :o)

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Carmen said...

I love knitting shawls for my family and several of us like vintage looks.

Carmen said...

I love the lace in Cleves!

Carmen said...

I'm already a member of your Ravelry group.

Carmen said...

I now follow you on Facebook

Carmen said...

I follow you on Twitter

Edelweiss Knits & Crochets Too! said...

Both of these shawls are beautiful. If I had to choose a favorite it would be Cleves. I like the color chosen in the example and the design looks awesome. I look forward to seeing the rest of the shawls. I am adding you on Facebook (I love being able to keep up with blogs and such on there) and on Ravelry (I love that I can keep up with projects, yarn, etc there). So much inspiration to be found on the web. Hope everyone has a crafty weekend!

llamaleader said...

I love Cleves

llamaleader said...

I follow you on facebook

Goldeygra97 said...

Both are gorgeous!! Mememe!!

DebraEmanon said...

What a wonderful giveaway-whoever wins will certainly be lucky.

MarieAnge said...

I love the Seymour shawlette! It's a perfect lace knitting project for me. I've knit some very large shawls in the past, but shawlettes, not so many and I love the design of this one! I've never had the pleasure of reading the wives of Henry the VIIIth but I did watch the series and enjoyed it very much.

MarieAnge said...

I 'like' your FB page :)

MarieAnge said...

As to why I should win!?
Because I would make this shawlette for my sistersoul! She has been there for me through thick and thin, unfailing in her support and love. I couldn't ask for a better friend, sister, soulmate!

MarieAnge said...

I've joined your Rav group and posted :)

MarieAnge said...

I'm already a friend on FB :)

MarieAnge said...

I follow you on Twitter under LokipanCrochetDesigns!

MarieAnge said...

I follow your blog!

MarieAnge said...

I signed up for email updates on your blog!