What Is In a Name

Lindsay Lewchuk Announcements, Into the Unknown (2022 theme), Pattern Related, Puddles, Slip and Rise Pattern Club Leave a Comment

Our next Slip and Rise release came about in a most unusual way!  Well, usual for my typical design process anyway. 

the original sketch

Two years ago, I submitted a design to Malabrigo’s Quickies call and titled it “Archways Cowl”.  It was accepted, but as I worked the design into a pattern the name really didn’t fit.  It was published last year as “Shadowlands” – the design that kicked off all the slipping cable fun!

Submission that became December 2021 Malabrigo Quickies, Sandowlands

So, I had a “free” pattern name and let me tell you how absolutely unusual that is with how many pattern urls there are on Ravelry!  I don’t mind having the same pattern name as someone else, truly it is a hard thing to avoid, but being the first one to use a name on Ravelry means that the url for that pattern is nice and easy to remember.  And that is so important to the little grey cells, that designs often go through several names before settling!

post photo shoot playing with Puddles
Oceanic on Ravelry is a “-2” url and the number of times I have to go back and correct links… ugh!

As I thought about what pattern Archways Cowl would like to be and looked through my leftovers yarn stash, these two colors Alpaca Metal (a gift from Malabrigo) and Arachania (leftovers from Submerge) jumped out at me. 

Arachania and Alpaca Metal

With Puddles on my lap, I cast on the first idea for this year’s 2022 pattern club – Archways Cowl. 

The Alpaca Metal reminded me so much of the photo re-shoot we did for Lake Breeze Tank.  Pairing Alpaca Metal & it’s concrete look as the archways and the blues from Arachania as the lake the peered through them made all the parts come together. 

Have fun in Lake Breeze Tank
Lake Junaluska, NC

The final piece, the photo shoot.  Health restrictions prevented traveling, then when they had passed and health permitted, gas prices prevented it.  So, I waited patiently (sort of) with two back-up locations in mind to see if the entire thing would come together… starting from name and going all the way backwards to design and then all the way forwards to publication!

Introducing Archaways!

Archways cowl at the lake
It was such a fun trip!

And yes, camera mom surprised me with a trip back to Lake Junaluska for my birthday to do the shoot 😊🥰.

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