One of the coolest things about being a designer is seeing how other people interpret your designs. Sure, I'm used to being able to write something down and have it work for me. But it still amazes me that, when someone else knits it, it actually works for them, too. I suppose at some point this will stop being a glee-inducing experience, but man, is it still the coolest now! To that end, I decided to highlight some of my favorite projects from Ravelry from my designs. (All photos are copyright their owners, of course!)
Lara's gorgeous version uses one of my favorite Quince colors, Bird's Egg.
And Jenn's elegant version uses another Quince favorite, Frank's Plum.
And I would be remiss if I didn't brag on my students at Medomak, who were all knitting along on their cowls merrily by the end of the week:
Earl Grey Mitts:
Ani and Martha's gently toned and sea-colored versions are both seriously beautiful, and both make use of the luminous and color-shifting qualities of Noro. I want a pair in Noro for myself!
Ness's pair make use of a commercially spun alpaca yarn and a thick and thin handspun in my favorite color; you can read more about them at her blog.
Rachel's beautifully knit, blocked, and photographed version uses the recommended yarn, Quince's Sparrow.
G's Lida uses MadTosh in the color 'Grove', the very name of which would make me swoon even if her knitting hadn't.
Nadia's luscious version was the first completed after the pattern came out, and she knit it out of cashmere/silk. Enough said.
Karen's vivid and summery version was knit in Malabrigo Sock in the colorway "Lettuce" and had me at "chartreuse".
And Taryn's ethereal version made me think of sunbeams and fresh orange juice.
Okay, I'm going to cheat a little here, since I technically finished my dad's version of this in February and have to share!
Tricia knit her excellent (and what seems to be well-loved!) version from Peace Fleece, which, of course, I love.
Juliet's sleek and classic version was knit from Quince's Lark in Peacoat; all versions of the pattern that I swatched were in tweed yarns, so I love this different interpretation! Plus, you know, I love Quince yarns.
And Sarah's version isn't quite finished, but I love it already, because it's knit in Brooklyn Tweed's Shelter, another favorite!
Thank you to to everyone who let me show off their projects and their photos here, and thanks to everyone who has knit one of my patterns this year. I am truly blessed to be able to work in this industry, and can only look forward to what 2012 will bring. Happy new year!