Monday, February 18, 2013

Stria Synchronicity

Synchronous: happening, existing, or arising at precisely the same time

When I published my new scarf called Stria a few weeks ago, fellow designer Bristol Ivy left this comment on Ravelry: "Too funny--I have a design called Stria set to come out in a few weeks! Luckily it’s not the one in Loft. :) The color combination and texture on this is gorgeous!"

Pattern: Stria, by Bonnie Sennott
Yarn: Brooklyn Tweed Loft, in the Barn Owl and Camper colorways

I was excited to get such a nice comment from a designer I admire, and surprised by the synchronicity. What are the chances that two designers would publish patterns with the same name at pretty much the same time?

Bristol's Stria, a cardigan, is out now, and wow—it's really stunning:

 photo courtesy of Bristol Ivy

Pattern: Stria, by Bristol Ivy
Yarn: The Fibre Company Acadia, in the Driftwood and Bog colorways

It's part of Strata and Line, a collection of seven new designs by Bristol Ivy and Leah B. Thibault that are inspired by the stripes and colors of the Maine coastline.

Bristol and Leah did the photography themselves, and the soft light and tawny winter landscapes in their lookbook are as exquisite as the designs. The photos make me want to drop everything and move to Maine.

When Bristol blogged about Strata and Line last week, she announced that both she and Leah are offering discounts on the patterns on Ravelry. You can get the coupon codes and see the lookbook at Where the Redwinged Blackbird Sings.

As far as pattern names go, I've already checked Ravelry to see if the names I have in mind for my next two designs are there. At this point they aren't—but who knows what synchronicities may lie ahead?

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