Re-Knit #1 – Riva del Mare

In a previous post, I wrote about a trunk show I had in which I brought some of my shawls.  There were a few other shawls I would have liked to have included in the show, but unfortunately, I don’t possess a lot of my original work.  Most of the time, this is because the companies I design for don’t return the samples.  Some do, and some don’t, and that’s the way it goes.

So, after the show, I wrote down a “summer plan,” since summer is usually when I have the most time to get caught up.  The plan included re-knitting some of those samples, as well as rewriting some patterns (the rights to which have now reverted to me.)

Riva del Mare in Tosh DK
Riva del Mare in Tosh DK

I got started with the plan a little ahead of schedule.  About two weeks ago, I hired a knitter (thank you, Laura!) who did an awesome job doing a sample of a popular shawl, Riva del Mare.  The sample was made with Tosh Merino DK in the Gilded colorway.  I think it turned out pretty great!

The story about how this shawl came to be:

During the very first VK Live show in NYC, I was introduced to two women who were starting a company in which they curated very small batches of farm wool, had it spun, and then sold it commercially.  They were looking for one skein projects and offered me yarn to knit a shawl.  The original DK yarn was just over 100 yards and turned out to be “bandana-sized,” but not truly a shawl.  The pattern was sold through their company, until the company sadly went out of business.  The rights reverted back to me, but I let it languish in the “unavailable” patterns on my Ravelry page. 

Then a knitter from Australia asked for the pattern.  I explained the issue but I had a plan.  I’d rewrite and upsize the pattern, and send it to her if she’d let me use the pictures after finished knitting it — which is just what happened.  That sample remains in Australia.  

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Joan Forgione

Juggler: mother, knitwear designer, teacher

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