I am so touched, y’all.

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Seriously, you guys are the best. I am amazed and so proud to announce the first of (hopefully) many Bogolan donations to Women for Women International. They had a dollar-for-dollar drive that ended last night, so I went ahead and sent what we had raised – which was $260. With the $ for $ matchup that should bring them a total of $520.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your support! Hopefully the momentum won’t die down too much. I’ll continue to provide updates here on donations, probably about once a month.

P.S. I got myself a Twitter account, because that was the first thing I ever really wanted to Tweet! I’m no social media fiend, but if you feel like it, follow me on Twitter! Also, you can now Follow my blog with Bloglovin.

Bogolan

Happy Saturday! I’ve published a new pattern. Introducing, Bogolan.

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BOGOLAN

A series of reversible cowls inspired by West African bogolanfini (“mud cloth”) textiles. Mix and match colors and patterns to make it your own.

I used black and white, but imagine the color possibilities! My project pages are here, here, and here.

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Bogolan is like five patterns in one. There are five different charts for five different motifs. It’s worked in-the-round, beginning with a provisional cast-on and ending with a 3-needle bind-off. The result is no exposed floats, which means there’s nothing to catch on your glasses when you pull it over your head. ;-)

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Bogolanfini seems to be having a moment. If you aren’t already familiar with it, it can be very graphic and beautiful. Sometimes it appears to be so full of joy! I love the geometric rhythms of both traditional and modern interpretations of bogolanfini, and am happy to join along in the trend.

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Most bogolanfini motifs are more complicated and diverse than those in the Bogolan cowl. It was quite exciting to fuse together two such divergent crafting traditions, one from the northern reaches of Europe and another from pre-colonial West Africa. I wanted to streamline the motifs, to make them workable and wearable in a modern context, while retaining the vibrancy of the inspirational source.

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Bogolan is, incidentally, a great project for a Fair Isle beginner.

pattern: Bogolan, by Elizabeth Davis

size: one size

yarn: Classic Elite Yarns Fresco

colorway: 5313 (black) and 5301 (white)

needles: sz 4

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I am the Bogolan monster!

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By the way, this is a charity pattern. All proceeds from the sale of Bogolan through December 2014 will be donated to Women for Women International, an organization that helps women survivors of war rebuild their lives. There is a lot of rebuilding to do. It is, in all seriousness, a humbling mission. Bogolan costs $3 and can be purchased through Ravelry or by clicking this button:

Courage

Introducing… my first pattern! Huzzah!

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“COURAGE”

Stockinette rib on a field of reverse-stockinette mimics the appearance of exposed seams for the deconstructed look of these modern mitts. Worked inside-out for a pleasant and streamlined project. Unisex style in three sizes with two cuff-length options.

Yes, that’s right. Courage is unisex.

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(Man had just come down from Ladder, naturally.) My project pages are here and here.

Back to the lady version…

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I learned so much in the process of working out this design. I can’t even remember everything I learned.

pattern: Courage, by Elizabeth Davis (me!)

size: M for me / L for him

yarn: Madelinetosh Tosh DK / Brooklyn Tweed Shelter

colorway: French Grey / Meteorite

needles: sz 6

I learned: To bring something into being from your imagination takes courage. To unravel, rethink, and rework, in knitting and in life, takes profound courage. To share something with the world that you’ve made yourself takes another kind of courage. (I know it takes courage, because it makes me pretty nervous!) Hence the name of my first design, Courage.

Also they look a bit like armor, which should grant the wearer a bit of—you guessed it—Courage.

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These would make a really excellent gift. Give him the gift of Courage.

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Cats like them a lot.

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 And oh, they look really good with my new baby pumpkin! (that I grew myself OMG how did that happen???)

The pattern is available for download through Ravelry, but you can also download it directly. Please let me know if you find any mistakes, since it’s my first pattern. If you can’t tell, I’m really excited about these. Thanks for sharing this special moment with me. :)

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