Sometimes I have crazy ideas. Gallo was one of those times. But first, let me tell you about the non-crazy parts. Many moons ago Kam from Everyday Peacocks approached me about collaborating on a project and of course I said YES!
Kam’s work is amazingly beautiful. I have several of her stitch markers, a couple cable hooks, and a beautiful shawl pin from her shop.
Together we have been brewing this idea about celebrating the lunar new year, the year of the fire rooster. I designed this shawl, Gallo, and she’s designed a shawl pin and stitch marker set. The collection will debut together at a launch party at Mont-Tricot in Quebec this Saturday, April 22nd.
So let me tell you a bit more about Gallo. I really wanted to make something both fun to knit and to wear.
Gallo is worked from side to side and incorporates garter stitch, lace, and beads! It uses what I’ll call a kite shape with a beaded lace wing. It’s huge, like 75.5″ wide and 38″ deep, huge. It is a full-on cozy sh-lanket worked in the called for sport-weight Yellowstone. I’m pretty sure you could make it with fingering weight on a US #6 and still get a pretty nice sized shawl. Bonus: Gallo never resembles an undergarment while you are knitting.
You can get the pattern on Ravelry, of course. Retailers can order it via the Rav in-store program or via Stitch Sprouts in print. Plus, I’ve got Yarn Kits available from Stitch Sprouts in four beautiful colorways that will coordinate with Kam’s beautiful shawl pins.
Now, it’s been mentioned that these kits do NOT include beads. This is on purpose because I find that beads are a very personal thing. Some folks like the beads to blend in, some like them to stand out, and some like to omit them all together. I trust that you’ll be able to pick out your own beads, should you choose to knit a Gallo shawl. However, if you would like some bead advice, please contact me and I will be happy to assist you.
So let me tell you about my crazy idea. The photos for Gallo were all taken in my dining room. That’s right. That magical fairy forest—Photoshopped! I had this crazy idea that I wanted to do an outside shoot, but it wasn’t spring yet and every day was cold and gloomy. I was running out of time before our release day and I needed to get photos.
Royalty-free stock photography to the rescue! I found this enchanted forest scene and inserted myself into it. The hardest part of this process was getting my lighting to match the forest. Without matching I looked very much out of place.
So, what do you think? Perhaps I’ll use this technique in the future as well. It was a lot of fun and I didn’t have to leave my house!