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We have our top 5!

The voting is closed as of June 13th, 5 PM PST.  We had a total of 1867 votes.  Thank you all very much for taking the time and voting.    Here is our top five Trenna designs:

  1. Ozark Autumn
  2. New York City
  3. LovinComfort Shawl
  4. Honeycomb Shawl
  5. Beachcomber Stole

To the designers, many thanks for being a part of this event.  Your designs are lovely, unique and much appreciated.


Trenna Contest Entry #5 – Ozark Autumn

Ozark Autumn




Ozark Autumn, in all its red, russet and gold glory, has been the most challenging project that I had to photograph.  

Over all I took 250+ frames of photos and gave up on models as the detail was impossible to get with any background noise including the most basic stone work we used as a backdrop.  Slightest movement made the details get lost in color so I had to go for stills, if one could call them that.

Ozark Autumn is long, its Trenna beautifully dyed in red and gold hues and the stole is beaded with matching crystalline red beads through out its entire length.






Here is what Kay had to say about her design:

Many of my inspirations come from my love of nature and color.  I am most aware and creative in the autumn.  I love everything about autumn, the colors, the chill in the air, the state fair, the smell of campfires and fall craft festivals.  I am drawn to the colors as well as the shapes of autumn leaves.

When I heard about the Trenna design contest, my first challenge was trying to decide on a colorway.  I wanted something that really spoke of the beauty of the colors in our Ozark Mountains, the vivid orange, red, and gold of an Ozark Autumn. Ozark Autumn The Tropical Sunset color line of Trenna seemed perfect.

This contest gave me an excuse to try Schaefer Trenna.  I was especially thrilled with the way the yarn seems to take on more of the characteristics of silk than the wool.  The sheen of the silk in Trenna was meant for beads and while this was my first use of beads in knitting I decided to go for it. Ozark Autumn Knitting with beads for the first time was a true challenge for me but at the end I was very happy to have persevered.  The beads gave my stole a greater elegance.  I felt pampered when I put it around my shoulders.  I do believe that I am now addicted to using beads in my lace knitting.  Finally, I picked a rectangular shape for my design because for me this is the perfect shape for an elegant yet practical stole/shawl.

Trenna Contest Entry #4 – Beachcomber Stole

Vale as photographed at home in ValeJanine La Cras’ entry hails all the way from Vale, Guernsey.  I searched very hard to find a good link for Vale and failed but Janine to the rescue, here is a good Wiki narrative.

The Beachcomber Stole had an adventurous trip on its way from Vales to Seattle.  First it was lost and was later found at a California post office storage room.  When I got the call from the post master that they had found Janine’s package I was ecstatic but a week after the call I still did not have her entry.  Just when I had given up I received a message from a lovely lady in CA who told me that she had received a package that was addressed to me!  She told me that she had opened the package before realizing that it was not addressed to her and while she loved the stole she was forwarding it to me and told me that she was a knitter.  All I have is her first name and her phone number does not work.  So Ann, if you are out there, thank you!  May good knitting karma find you and be with you for the rest of your life! 🙂

The Beachcomber Stole has an aquatic theme that warms my heart as I am very much a water person and our shop sits 5-10 minutes away from the Alki Beach.  The stole was worked with an opalesque color line of Trenna, which works well with the beach theme and makes for a great summer stole.

Here is what Janine had to say about her design:

Beachcomber Stole was designed to remind me of all the wonderful walks across my favorite local beach. Vale in Seattle This stole utilizes stitches that evoke the seaside such as the sand stitch, gull wing lace, and the wave lace border, and of course the shells.

Vale in Seattle












The stole is worked in a traditional Shetland manner by knitting the border first and then picking up stitches across the top of the border.  The nupps used to give the shells texture could be replaced by seed beads to add a little sparkle and a new dimension to your own version of the Beachcomber Stole. 

Trenna Contest Entry #3 – New York City

Rosi's New York CityTo say that we were surprised when New York City showed up at our door in a FedEx box is an understatement. 🙂  Rosi’s was the only entry that came with a beautiful aroma of its own.  You see the designer, Rosi, also makes natural soaps that smell like heaven and was kind enough to enclose one with her entry – thank you Rosi!  The stole sits beside me in an envelope as I type this post and still smells of soapy heaven.

Rosi’s entry utilizes deep hematite colored seed beads that compliments the granite and silver tones of the Trenna used, which also makes the stole drape very well due to the weight of the beads. Rosi's New York City

Here is a Rosi’s narrative regarding of her design:

I am a true New Yorker at heart. I LOVE the city.  I love the noise, the pollution, the congestion, the subway. It’s totally me.

They say us New Yorkers can be snobbish or rude.  I don’t think we are that ALL the time.  I think we have our soft side too.

So here is an example of a New Yorker’s softer side: silky lace. Rosi's New York City The pattern is inspired by the place where this stole was knit 90% of the time: the NYC subway system.  The bottom edging looks like the wheels, the main center panel looks like the subway map, and the side edging is Rose Lace to signify what you wish the train smelled like. Rosi's New York City