Monday, June 30, 2014

Enter the Dragon

Here is the July installation in the RYO Merry Go Round series. If you are wondering what this project is all about and want to join, I've written up a Wiki page with the relative information just for you. 

Constellations, not just earthly locations, can be associated to latitude positions. Good thing, because there aren't as many interesting latitude lines on earth as I'd hoped when I themed the 2014 series. Astronomer David Pratt offers, “The north ecliptic pole lies in the constellation Draco, and has the equatorial coordinates 18h (270°) RA, +66.6° decl. “ The word “Draco” is from the Greek draconis meaning “dragon,” and the constellation is symbolized by a coiled serpent or dragon. At one point, numerologists were all abuzz that "666" (admittedly 66.6) corresponded to the Dragon.

Draco 66.6 for July 2014 Merry Go Round series

Don't worry if you're not into numerology, astronomy, dragons, and such. I try to keep the imagery suggestive at best and completely subliminal if the color are chosen in certain ways. So perhaps you see the dragons and the ladies - perhaps not. It stitches up beautifully in any case.
A few more colorways:
Original Draco /  Revenge / Long Jacket
Mardi Gras / Candyduck / Starfleet

And not to worry that you're not getting any bonus corner chips this month. The old ones pop in without a fuss and look great, keeping the overall square to the same 115 stitch size.

Draco in the In Memoriam colorway with corners from Equatorial Orchids

Draco in the Buried Treasure 2 colorway with Capricorn's corners

Monday, June 2, 2014

Equatorial Orchids

It's spring and everything is fresh and new. Too new - I've got too many fresh ideas that I'm having a tough time juggling them all. The Roll Your Own series, is one with published deadlines so it rises to the top of the to do pile. Even so, I introduce the June installment a day late.
Equatorial Orchids - #3 of 7 in the 2014 RYO series
For some blindingly brilliant reason, I decided these should all be named after lines of latitude. Something punny about "great circles," I imagine. So this month, I picked the equator and tried to convey some lushness of the tropical flora. Shown above it a new color scheme called Orchids, but as you'll see below, it looks great in other combos too. The more color combos we make, the harder it gets to pick one.

Equatorial Orchids in the following RYO colorways:
Garand, Candyfloss, Owl Optimizer
Solas, Darkside Duck, Lemony Hues
Revenge, Bridal, Buried Treasure 2

RYO charts are now available only in printed form from your favorite shop or directly from my webshop.

Although I didn't break it out in each separate preview above, the corner chips and the center bit can be used to make additional options as in past rounds.
Extra things you can do with the center and corner chips.
Have fun. Stitch faster.