Vivacity | Synchronicity

I’m so happy to share with you some more of my friend Cindy’s new patterns. Every couple of weeks I get a call: “Hey Mandy, are you available?” And I know that means Cindy has her next pattern ready to be photographed. Fortunately for us, her daughter/model Mallory was home from college for the long weekend. Next time I guess we’ll be heading to the mountains for the photoshoot. Fine by me! Get the floor ready, Mal, because I’m spending the night.

This first pattern is Synchronicity, or 11:11. From the pattern: “The 11:11 scarf if a mind-focusing project that gives you an opportunity to reflect on your spiritual purpose in life.” I knit one. I had revelations. Get your copy for just $3 on Ravelry. The pictures:

Synchronicity Scarf by Cindy Colbert of knitfocused.com

Synchronicity Scarf by Cindy Colbert of KnitFocused.com

Synchronicity Scarf by Cindy Colbert of KnitFocused.com

Synchronicity Scarf by Cindy Colbert of KnitFocused.com

You can see it’s a straightforward pattern that gets it life from your yarn choice and the energy you put into it while knitting. I used a hand spun, hand dyed BFL which obviously was amazing. I’ll have to snap a pic.

The next pattern, which we just photographed yesterday, is Vivacity! It’s a sweet open-front sweater, constructed with lacy squares sewn together. This one is $5 and is available on Ravelry right now!

Vivacity by Cindy Colbert of KnitFocused.com

Vivacity by Cindy Colbert of KnitFocused.com

Vivacity by Cindy Colbert of KnitFocused.com

Vivacity by Cindy Colbert of KnitFocused.com

The other option for getting these patterns or any of Cindy’s other designs is to visit her website www.KnitFocused.com.  Cindy also is really getting into the groove with her tweeting. Check it. She needs more followers!

Vintage Candy Shawl

Here’s the scenario. One of your best friends designs a shawl. The yarn called for is Very Fancy Novelty Yarn. But you do not have the Very Fancy Novelty Yarn and you’re really more of a Very Plain Wool sort of a gal. You may even have a large stash of Very Plain Wool that you’ve been saving for just the right project.

Vintage Candy Shawl

Seeing the fine merits of the shawl, what with the shape of it, and the interesting stitches, you decide to forgo the Very Fancy Novelty Yarn and use Very Plain Wool to give the pattern a little test run.

You are pleased with the results.

Vintage Candy Shawl

Very pleased indeed.

Vintage Candy Shawl

The shawl was quick to knit. The stitch patterns were so interesting to execute and textural in your Very Plain Wool.

Vintage Candy Shawl

And you were so smart and clever you could hardly stand it.


The Pattern: Vintage Candy Shawls by Cindy Colbert
Yarn: Cascade Eco Wool, about half a skein.
Needles: 10.5 (I would go up to an 11 if I knit this again)
Mods: I added an extra eyelet row to the ending border of the shawl, three extra garter stitch rows at the end, and I bound off with a picot bind off.

More info on my Ravelry project page.

I took photos of the original shawl for Cindy to use on the pattern. This one was knit from the yarn that comes in the Great Adirondack Color Pack (check your lys, I can’t find a link for more info about the yarn pack). The novelty yarn is beautiful, but a little too fancy for me. It would be really great for a night out on the town, but I don’t have many of those.

Modeled by Mallory, Cindy’s daughter, who is also the model for The Red Collection!

Vintage Candy Shawl

Vintage Candy Shawl

Same pattern, different yarn!  Isn’t it crazy?
Which yarn would you choose? Very Fancy Novelty Yarn or Very Plain Wool?