As you know by now, I’m one of the many indie designers participating in Ravelry’s 2015 GAL. The GAL runs until the very last day of 2015, but the sale for the GAL patterns ends this Friday. Last week, I featured Hanna Maciejewska’s work, and today, I’d like to share with you another designer whose patterns I admire. They are quite different, but just as wonderful – Ella Austin.
Ella designs independently on Ravelry as BomBella Designs. Many of them are whimsical and put a smile on your face. Ella was kind enough to gift me with her Tawny Owl pattern, which I will be making as part of at the Toys, Home & Other Miscellaneous Things category of the GAL. I’ll be knitting this up in some Quince & Co. Finch that I have in stash. What’s so appealing to me about many of her patterns is that there’s a bit of colorwork to keep you interested, clever construction, and that they make me smile.
I asked Ella to tell me the backstory on one of her GAL patterns. She chose Oh My Butterfly. Here’s what she wrote:
Oh My Butterfly was designed with the aim of using up and displaying small amount of beautiful handdyed yarn.
The pattern includes three suggested uses for the butterflies.
The mobile was inspired by a painted wooden butterfly mobile that I loved. I bought it when I was 16 and it was part of the broken fairtrade stock in the Oxfam shop I was volunteering in. I bought it and repaired it at home. Who said mobiles were just for babies?!
The hairclip is ideal for silky yarns. I imagined them looking gorgeous on bridesmaids with the yarn dyed in colours to match or compliment their dresses. A perfect fairytale finishing touch.
For the framed taxidermy style butterfly, I thought this would be a great use for the leftovers from a very special skein. This finish also has an option to include a label where you can display the yarn base and colourway names in place of the latin name for the butterfly specimen.
The butterflies are lots of fun to knit and use a lot of short rows and shaping -it takes some concentration at first but after knitting a few wings they become intuitive.
When I first saw this design, I had to chuckle. It’s such a cute idea and I especially love that they can be “put under glass” as if they were real specimens.
Another pattern I think is wonderful is Fancy Hen. I’ll be using Rowan Felted Tweed from stash in some yellow and lavender. I can see it gracing my kitchen, but in fact, I’ll be making the first one for a friend whose undergoing a kitchen renovation.)
Check out Ella’s GAL designs here and enter giftalong2015 as the coupon code to receive 25% off until this Friday, November 27th.