Monday, February 09, 2009

Dogwood & Clover contest

This weekend, it was all dogwood, all the time. After Amey commented that that my dogwood pattern would make a splendid shamrock, I set off on a quest for the perfect emerald yarn. I ended up dyeing some of the white Eco-Wool with 'Berry Blue' and 'Lemon Lime' Kool-Aid ....


which was then knit up into a great big four-leaf clover. Since I was born on St. Patrick's Day, I have a special place in my heart for these.


I also knit up a flower in Hollyhock Malabrigo, which felted like a dream. These flowers are pretty substantial -- nearly 5" across -- and this will be quite a bold blossom to wear.


Not all the flowers were so successful, though. One was in fact quite hideous. I'd wanted to make a pink dogwood, which, in real life, comes in a shocking salmon-pink. I thought that 'Pink Lemonade' kool-aid might give me the right color. But it's so hideous that I'm not going to sully my blog with a close-up

And that's the end of my dogwood/clover knitting for a spell. As for the pattern, I'm currently writing it up and will have it in my Ravelry pattern shop by the end of the week.

Would you like to win a copy of the pattern first? Just leave me a comment! At the end of the week (Saturday, February 14) I'll draw several names for free patterns.

31 comments:

PhatLady said...

How cute!

Sarah said...

Oh, I need to win your dogwood pattern. I have collected dogwoods since I was a little girl. I would love to be able to knit a dogwood. Please pick me!

Gina said...

maybe you could overdye it with a little bit of orange KoolAid to make the salmon?

It's still way cool, though. And, I think you should either pick me for the pattern, or send me the messed up one and I will play around with it to see if I could get it the right color! wink, wink

cksknitter said...

The flowers are so pretty and I love your patterns!
cksknitter on ravelry.com

lexa said...

Count me in! I love them. That green is perfect for a shamrock.

sharon said...

Oh please pick me - they are just lovely and are just the decoration a number of items in my house need - and the pink is sweet too!

Wendy said...

How cool, I just love the versitilaty of the pattern...so many things you can use it for and the four leaf clover is just great...

Mónica said...

It's hard to tell without a close-up, but I don't think the pink one looks so bad! Perhaps a darker center to contrast the lightness of the pink would help?

Meredith said...

Hi- love the flowers. Dogwoods are one of my favorite flowers- and I used to have a yard with a purple dogwood in the front.I'd so love a pattern!

JC said...

OOOH! I'd love a copy of that pattern. It's beautiful!

My father does clowning for Shriners, and his name is Shamrock, so he'd get a kick out of me making that as a gift.

ColibriDreams said...

What a lovely pattern! I hope you can dye the salmon coloured flower to something that you like more.

Knitmomma said...

Very cute pattern! I'm impressed.

Breien in Lansingerland said...

I love clovers. Would love to try your pattern in time

Alisa said...

woah those are monsters!! any way you could shrink it for me?

Kathy said...

Would love to win the pattern here at irisheyes!

loopykd said...

Free patterns are my favorite kind! Plus these are so cute!

Turtle said...

the flowers are great but every married irish girl should have those shamrocks!

gayle said...

Awww... the poor pink one, shunned by its cousins.
Love the pattern, and the shamrock is inspired!

kelly said...

Pretty pretty flowers

Timiae said...

Oh, I love the dogwood pattern! Such a beautiful tree... I'd love to win!

Sharon Rose said...

I have two dogwoods in my front yard. One's white, one's that bright salmon color. You can achieve that color with cherry KoolAid, just use less than you would add to get a solid red. Or was that Black Cherry?

Anyway, thanks for an awesome contest! *fingers crossed*

Judy said...

Hey , How do i find you on Ravelry ?Judy from Alaska```

Plumpy said...

Gotta have the pattern!!! Those are so cute I can see them on a bag or linked as a scarf or pockets on a sweater.. *dropping to my knees begging*lol

MamaMay said...

Super cuteness! I hope I win.

Bea said...

These are really really cute!

Sadie said...

Congratulations on another great design! If I win I'm going to make a shamrock for my Irish dancer who's a freshmen in college. She competed in Ireland in 2004 & this would be a lovely reminder of our great trip. Thanks for sharing & joyful knitting ~ S

Erin said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
Josiane said...

Your pattern makes very pretty flowers!

Cindy Ericsson said...

The flowers and clovers are lovely! I finally had some time to knit tonight and cast off my Storm Cloud Shawlette. I used Crystal Palace Mini Mochi in the Fern colorway, all browns and greens, and I'm very taken with it. Thank you for a great pattern!

danielle said...

How beautiful - 2 very gorgous symbols of spring!

Magnolia said...

Hi! I'm trying to contact you though e-mail, tho i couldnt find it on your blog! I want to talk to you about one of your Free Patterns, could you please write me to editor@magnoliamag.com? Thank you!