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Fremen Cowl PDF, $5.00

Have you ever watched the movie Dune?

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It’s a 1984 piece of David Lynch weirdness. It’s got this whole outer space rock opera, sci-fi visual thing going on. Bizarre characters, a lot of over-the-top hammy acting, but fun to watch. Likewise, the books that the movie is based on, by Frank Herbert, are also a fun read, if sci-fi is your thing.

This cowl pattern, Fremen, is named for the desert-dwelling people of the planet Arrakis from “Dune.” It features cables and lace which alternate to create soft textured chevrons on an oversized cowl, like undulating waves on the sand dunes of Arrakis. Wear it loose or pin it up for a closer fit. Fremen uses 1-2 skeins (approx. 400 yards) of fingering weight yarn.

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This model is knit in an alpaca/silk/linen blend yarn, Aegypte by Phydeaux Yarns. Aegypte is really lovely to work with, it has an amazing sheen and drape. The best yarn substitutions would have some drape, but most fingering weight yarns would work well with the textured stitches. Fremen is a great stash-buster.

Pattern includes both written and charted instructions. Originally released for the Badass Women’s Yarn Club, March 2016.

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Fremen Cowl PDF, $5.00

Caeruleum

I’m not just a geek, but also a total nerd.

Being back in school has made this clear.

I took Latin for 3 years in high school. I can’t remember verb tenses to save my life, but the classes sparked a lifelong interest in etymology and vocabulary. I often look at words and try to guess root words, their origins, and how meanings shift over time.

Like the word cerulean for a gorgeous shade of blue. When I was a kid, my original box of 64 Crayolas had blue-green, and also green-blue. Two favorite crayons. Then NEW colors arrived, including cerulean. I loved everything about this color, including its strange-to-me name. I still do (apparently 9 year old me was hipper than I thought).

When working on a yarn club pattern earlier this year in gorgeous Mrs. Crosby Carpet Bag yarn, Miriam and I chose Sunset Regatta, a luscious, rich aquatic blue. It looked like the sea. Or the sky. Or that favorite childhood crayon. The root word for cerulean is caeruleus, written in various forms, including caeruleum.

caeruleus m (feminine caerulea, neuter caeruleum); first/second declension

  1. Of or pertaining to the sea.
  2. Of or pertaining to the sky.
  3. Of or pertaining to rivers or sea and river deities.
  4. dark colored, dark blue, dark green, cerulean, azure

Definition from the ever-faithful Wikipedia.

 

So without further adieu, meet Caeruleum! A simple but elegantly textured triangle shawl, Caeruleum takes approximately 480 yards of light worsted weight yarn. Twisted and dropped stitches create an undulating wave pattern along one edge, and simple stockinette balances the texture with drape.

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Caeruleum shawl pdf pattern, $6.
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