Provence, France

Glimpses of my Provence:

Le volet blue

Watching a sliver of warm gold creep up the shutters to illuminate a leisurely breakfast.

Languidly strolling through the village, sans carte, and finding a picturesque courtyard.

A pilgrimage to a favorite artist’s quarters; almost a prerequisite in this part of France.

A quick allo to a friendly furry face. (And missing the one back home.)

Adding a wonderful candidate to my collection of doors.

A bouquet of lavander, tossed in the hearth, for winter fires.

More photos can be found in 2016 Provence.

Pattern release: Sequoyah

Sequoyah by Mary Joy Gumayagay

I’m very much a scarf/wrap kind of girl. While I appreciate the intricate, gossamer delicacy of lace, I prefer simplicity and solidity. I like pretty, sometimes with purpose. Earlier this year when I decided to knit again, I thought I’d try to come up with some kind of thing that would have scarf characteristics but remain firmly in shawl territory.

Sequoyah by Mary Joy Gumayagay

A shawl shape: a semi-circle. A scarf silhouette: straight edges. A shawl motif: lace, but not too lacy. A scarf background: stockinette stitch.

While I was knitting away on my design, I decided to submit it to WEBS’ open call on Ravelry. Sure, why not? If my proposal was accepted, maybe I’d start knitting and designing again… Fortunately, the staff at WEBS liked my thing, and here we are.

Sequoyah by Mary Joy Gumayagay

Sequoyah is knit from the neck down in stockinette with bands of a simple lace, bordered in garter stitch. The combination of textures resemble growth rings, don’t you agree? It’s knit in 2 hanks of Valley Yarns Charlemont in Mulberry, an amethyst wool/silk that was lovely in the hand. There’s a bit of sheen, which I think is marvelous. Were I to make this easy knit again, I would pick Honey Gold for summer and Dark Olive for fall. At 58″ wide and 29″ deep it’s a good for wrapping around the shoulders to the back, and I dare say if made in a thicker yarn it would cover even LeBron James… 😀

Sequoyah is available in print and pdf at WEBS and Ravelry. You can also read a short Q&A session on WEBS’ blog.

Sequoyah by Mary Joy Gumayagay

All images © WEBS Yarn.

Another sneak peek…

Yes, drape it just so…

The art of shawl wearing, from yesterday’s photoshoot. More #indiedesigner pieces in #valleyyarns coming soon!

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Summer days call for #shawlknitting, summer nights call for shawl wearing! We’re loving the Sequoyah Shawl.

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