Izabel and Tashi
I’m super excited about a very specific new brand of hand dyed yarns: it’s Tricô Tricô (as “Knit Knit”). One of the reasons is for that is the exquisite colors on the top 100% wool yarns. You can take a look here and see for yourself !
The other aspect that has inspired me to design Izabel shawl & shawlette and Tashi beanie, is the fact that my dear friend Sandra Baroni has started this business as the entrepreneur behind Tricô Tricô yarns.
Last November we met in Curitiba, where I had the pleasure of leading two workshops at Tricota Curitiba – Workshop Series. (I’ve already mentioned how Curitiba’s knitters are one of a kind and welcoming people, right? I’m sorry that I’m being repetitive, but when I’m among this group of knitter friends, life is really better!). We chatted a bit and Sandra, who primarily works with internet technology, shared about her will power / internal call do to something related with the art of knitting, beauty and so on.
Turns out that only a few months after our little chat, she made it real. She did it …big time! Sandra has a refined taste for colors. All shades are truly beautiful. The 100% wool yarns are high quality and extremely pleasant to touch and work with. We can perceive her care to create a new brand that knitters will truly appreciate and also be grateful, because we don’t have many pure wool brands in our country.
With that said, I would only like to share that I felt her powerful solo flight towards inner and outer nourishment by beauty. I’m glad to witness this. So everything comes together, in forms of butterflies, wings, delicate curves on a background of lines representing our inner strength to be able to transform, to fly, to make things better and more beautiful in our life and also positively affecting others lives… as a shawlette & shawl Izabel (as my great grandmother, that has changed her and our lives when she moved from Piauí to Rio de Janeiro. This happened in the early 1900s as she has crossed the country with 2 little girls on a donkey. Izabel also as a precious friend that embraces everybody – I mean everybody – with compassion and grace.)
Starting to knit a stylized butterfly on the back neck (in my imagination is like a “tattoo” for women that cultivate the delicateness of inner strength – all of us, of course!), we keep working back and forth, along three triangles and four columns full of wings and simple cables
. The final border is like a celebration, full of my imaginary wings, curves, and a lacy edge.
After my imaginary mantle of positive energy, I felt that it was time to embellish heads. Still in my phase of delicate cables and curves, Tashi beanie came out as a lacy crown for passionate and brave minds. (Again, ourselves – of course ). I sincerely hope that you can see little bows formed by the cables on the rib and the sun flower on the top of the head formed by the decreasing work, as I see! Lace, flowers and bows dressing those women’s heads…
I would like to thank some VIP friends & family that I’m lucky enough to have around supporting everything that I came up with: the gorgeous models Mari and Prisca (daughter and “as a daughter”) that always creates time to, not only for modeling, but also for carry the gear and go to any place that I’ve dreamed about it having lots of fun; a creative knitting designer and friend that have eagle eyes and a kind heart, Leticia Cinto (the best tech editor ever); another creative designer/journalist and precious friend, Iris Alessi, that even launching a new website about what is hot in the yarn world – Informação em Ponto, also found time to help with the portuguese version of Izabel; Sandra Baroni, the heart and intelect behind Tricô Tricô Yarns that has picked me to fly with her and Bel Comenero, one of the Izabel’s that makes the world a better place for test knitting. My deepest thank also goes to my dear aunties, cousins and special and “golden” friends that have this unique way to make me feel loved and supported. And once that I’m on this vibe of gratitude, a special thank to Oscar Niemeyer the magician that designed the photo’s location – the Modern Art Museum in Rio and (why not?) George Harrison, which songs have been playing non-stop on my gadgets since I’ve started those projects!
I’m also thrilled to announce that Izabel and Tashi are part of Tricô Tricô Yarn Club launching! Starting today until next Jun 9th, both designs will be exclusively offered for people that wants to be part of the new Yarn Club. More details here:
Details of Izabel
423 yds / 387m shawlette and 763 yds / 698m shawl of single ply fingering yarn
***Sample shown: shawlette in Trico Trico Fingering Single ply (100gr = 440 yds / 400m) color Marrom Glacê
26 sts and 38 rows in 4 X 4” in stockinette stitch
40” (or longer) US 2 / 3mm circular needles or size needed to obtain gauge.
Cable needle compatible with US2 / 3mm needles or size needed to obtain gauge.
Tools / Notions:
6 sts markers
2 pieces of scrap yarn
T pins for blocking
– There’s a lot of “action” going on with the stitches on the wrong side (WS) rows. I would like to suggest that you check key before starting the project!
Details of Tashi
Sample shown in TricôTricô Fingering yarn (hand painted 100% merino wool single ply – 100gr = 440 yds) – color 03 Chá Verde – size Adult Small
Gauge: 20 sts and 16 rows = 2.25” X 1.75” on the Rib st pattern worked circular (2 repetitions of chart rounds 1 to 16)
Children & Adult Small: 19” / 20” head circumference
Adult Medium: 21” / 22” head circumference
Adult Large: 23” head circumference
US2 / 3mm (or size to obtain gauge) 16” circular needles or longer for magic loop method
*** If you tend to be a tight knitter, I would recommend one size bigger needles for casting-on and work the first round.
One set of US2 / 3mm DPNs (or size to obtain gauge)
Cable needle suitable for the needle size
Tools / Notions:
11 (12, 13) stitch markers (stitch markers are optional. They can be helpful when placed between chart repetitions)
*** I would recommend the stitch marker placed at the beginning of the work looks different from the others. This st marker indicates the beginning of a new round.
Tashi is worked circular and from the bottom-up. The rib with cables stitch creates a snug fit and negative ease.
If you like the beanie more slouchy, repeat chart rounds 27 to 46 three or four times.
Peace, Knit and Love as much as you can!