31 May 2012

A-muse-ing? Yes! (+ a give-away!)

Though I wasn't really very a-muse-d while binding off. This is what I ended up with at the end of a frantic row!
Yikes! I admit to weighing it over and over again while doing that last row. Does knitting faster use less yarn? I'm sure it must. And yes, for those of you who are wondering...I am altering the pattern a teensy little bit to make the yardage a little more forgiving!


So. Wanna see? Here she is blocking!
Those are super flexible extra long blocking wires I am using, from Inspinknity. I love them deeply. See how they curve around?
I used them at the top of the shawl, as well. They even everything out so much better than just using pins.
And now, because I am too excited to wait until the end of the post...Rachel at Inspinknity has agreed to give one of her lovely sets of ultra long premium blocking wires to a random commenter on this post! Is this not fabulous?! So...please keep reading. Details at the end!


This shawl design is a little gift to a friend who loves gold. And fleur de lis. (The lovely lovely yarn is Pale Au merino/silk from Ripplescrafts who will have more soon! Plus she might have a little deal on said yarn.)
My interpretation. I think my friend likes it. So far, so good!
Right now, I'm fixing up the pattern and sending it off to my testers. But meanwhile, you get to guess her name!
Leave me a comment with your guess as to the name of this muse and you will be entered to win the fabulous set of extra long blocking wires! You have until 11:59 PST, Saturday June 2nd. Ready? Go!

119 Comments:

Blogger Stirling said...

Pretty! Blocking wires? Yes, please!

I'm going to guess that her name is Terpsichore, because the pattern looks a bit like a lyre.

12:45 PM  
Blogger abi's mom said...

oh, goodness, i have no idea what muses' names are, but this is just gorgeous. And how excited am I to find out that there is such a thing as extra long blocking wires!!!!

12:58 PM  
Blogger Jeanne said...

Beautiful! The fleur-de-lis is lovely in gold!

Euterpe is her name (and I haven't been right in 12 out of 14 small shawls ;-)

12:58 PM  
Blogger The Bon said...

I second the guess for Terpsichore, those are very lyre-esque!

12:59 PM  
Anonymous MistySnow said...

I think it is Euterpe (I second the guess regardless of Jeanne's track record). ;-D

Inspinknity has the best-est blocking wires EVah!

1:14 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

Of the four muses that remain Terpsichore seems most likely. And, hooray for blocking wires!!

RavID: RainMomma

1:15 PM  
Anonymous Candace said...

Another lovely muse, Romi. I think her name might be Terpsichore, with her golden Lyre.

1:15 PM  
Blogger Wendy Troemel said...

I'm horrible at guessing, but I also don't want to leave out my favorite muse, so I'm going with Thalia, since a lot of "funny" stuff happens in Nawlins!

1:19 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

Urania seems to fit the gold best, so that is my guess. I love my regular Inspinity set; the extra longs would be a wonderful addition!

1:23 PM  
Anonymous NanciKnits said...

Euterpe for sure! The curve of the shawl just makes me think it is a perfect name. Love it!

1:27 PM  
OpenID rewolluzza said...

It must be Kalliope (just because I like her name so much).
Those blocking wires are total news to me, I'll have to check them out regardless...

1:29 PM  
Blogger cayli said...

I will go with Euterpe. I was going to go with Thalia but I think I remember seeing a Thalia recently. I would love some new blocking wires!

1:32 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Terpsichore is my guess.

Those blocking wires look awesome!

1:38 PM  
Blogger Sheila said...

You just knew I've been wanting some blocking wires, right?

I too think the fleur-de-lis looks a lot like a lyre, so I'm going to go with Terpsichore.

1:42 PM  
Anonymous Saara said...

I think I'm going with Euterpe too. "Giver of delight" seems appropriate, somehow. Looking forward to hearing your choice and reasoning :)

1:45 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Terpsichore is my guess.

Those flexible blocking wires would be really handy.

1:47 PM  
Anonymous sagerain said...

Terpsichore is my guess too. THose blocking wires look mighty wonderful! Thanks for the opportunity!

1:52 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Would absolutely love those blocking wires.

Mt guess is Euterpe.

1:58 PM  
Anonymous Meg F. said...

That motif really does look like a lyre so I'm going with Terpsichore!
And those wires I would love.

2:02 PM  
Blogger Gwynne said...

Lovely shawl, Romi -- I think the name I would choose is Terpsichore.

Thanks, Gwynne

2:14 PM  
Blogger Stacie said...

Terpsichore is my guess as well.

2:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In my research, the Fleur de Lis is used for marking the North on compasses. Urania’s symbols are globe and compass.

Ba

2:22 PM  
OpenID jadedknitter said...

I'd say it's Thalia, she was the muse of pastoral poetry and the fleur-de-lys would fit well with that.

2:32 PM  
Blogger Nyssa said...

Do you have Mnëmë yet? My memory is terrible but since this pattern reminds you of your friend it would be fitting

2:35 PM  
Blogger Barbie said...

I'll guess Urania, since the motif looks almost like hands holding a globe.

2:37 PM  
Blogger Diana said...

I'm guessing Terpsichore. She's a lovely wee shawl!

2:56 PM  
Blogger Robin said...

Wow what a pretty shawl. I never guess these right. I am going to go with Terpsichore just because.

2:57 PM  
Blogger Justine said...

I've been coveting those blocking wires. I think it's Terpsichore. I'm still on Calliope though!

3:09 PM  
Blogger katherinelynn_04 said...

I'll have to continue the votes for Terpischore, because now that I've seen a lyre I can't UNsee it. Though I prefer Aeode, which means song, who was one of Pausanius' version of the muses.

3:13 PM  
Blogger Brigi said...

Anemone would be a nice name! Beautiful shawl, and the flexible blocking wires do look more practical than the traditional ones!

3:17 PM  
Anonymous Lynda F. said...

I go with Terpsichore!!!

I recently started using the shorter blocking wires and they are wonderful! The long ones would make blocking large shawls much easier!

3:20 PM  
Blogger Rebecca McNulty said...

Okay, so . . . there are streets in New Orleans (I'm guessing that's what the fleur-de-lys refers to) named after all nine muses, which doesn't help. However, the statue "Birth of a Muse" is in Terpsichore Finger Park, and the statute features Terpsichore emerging from a trumpet flower (some have called it a fleur-de-lys). So that's my incredibly overthought explanation for guessing that the shawl is named Terpsichore.

3:26 PM  
Anonymous pattidale@hotmail.com said...

Romi, this is such a beautiful shawl. I'm glad you are adjusting the yardage! That was really cutting it close!

My thought as to her name is Libretto - The tenth muse.

Three-three-one-5 on Ravelry.
Patti D

3:49 PM  
Anonymous mrl21 said...

I'll have to go along with all the Terpsichores. Hope to win. But I'll definitely enjoy knitting that shawl. I've got a lovely Calliope's Odyssey going now.

3:59 PM  
Blogger Anne K said...

I'm going to have to guess Euterpe because the Fleur de Lis look similar to the double flute that Euterpe was often pictured with.

That's my guess anyway. :)

4:02 PM  
Anonymous Jo M. said...

I'm very random! Lol, Jo

4:07 PM  
Anonymous ania65 on Ravelry said...

I'm a dancer...I have to guess Terpsichore!!

4:17 PM  
Blogger AmyB said...

I'm going to guess Euterpe, Terpsichore, Thalia or Urania ;) (Although if Jeanne is almost never right, the chances are good that it's not Euterpe, right?!)

4:18 PM  
Blogger AmyB said...

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4:19 PM  
Blogger Hind DP said...

It looks like a ray of sunshine, so I will guess her name is Urania, the muse of astrology.

4:23 PM  
Blogger marlie said...

My guess is either Euterpe or Terpsichore. Either way, it's beautiful!

4:26 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

my guess is Terpsichores.

4:27 PM  
Blogger Lis said...

I believe it might be Erato!

4:34 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I'm certainly not the first (or the last) to guess this but I'm leaning toward Terpsichore. And of course I would love to win the fancy blocking wires! :-)

4:54 PM  
Blogger APlanet4Creation said...

My guess is Urania. :)

5:03 PM  
Anonymous Sbm said...

Terpsichore - lovely name for a lovely shawl!

5:14 PM  
Blogger daffynpooh said...

I'm going with Euterpe.....but only because I can't pronounce it!!

The design is gorgeous as always, and the bonus give away - fabulous!!

5:29 PM  
Blogger thefeministknitter said...

I think it is Thalia. Because I can spell it;)

5:36 PM  
Blogger Puddin' said...

I am going to guess Thalia. She is lovely.

5:46 PM  
Blogger KWAK said...

I have well over a dozen of your shawl patterns to go on my quest to knit all my favorites, and have been using welding rods to block. I'd love to put this generous offering to work!

5:49 PM  
Blogger livvi said...

It is gorgeous and I will guess terpsichore just seems right to me.

5:50 PM  
Blogger Holly in CT said...

Beautiful shawl!!

6:17 PM  
Anonymous catspaw said...

I'm guessing Terpsichore - the emblems look like lyres to me. Whatever its name, it's gorgeous.

7:08 PM  
Anonymous JV said...

I'm sticking to my guns and saying Terpsichore.

(Which should guarantee a Euterpe.) ;)

7:35 PM  
Blogger Knittymom said...

I think I will also guess Terpsichore. Beautiful shawl as always. I would adore some of those blocking wires. They have been on my wish list for quite some time.

7:41 PM  
Anonymous Lisa said...

Nice pattern! I would love to try those blocking wires. I've been hearing good things about them, and have used up my budget. I've never guessed right on the muse names either. Despite the many guesses for Terpischore, I'll go with Euterpe.

Lisa

7:43 PM  
Blogger Beth Gray said...

I think it should be Euterpe. She is indeed lovely regardless of her name.

7:57 PM  
Blogger Patti said...

I'll guess Urania, just because I can!

8:21 PM  
Blogger Debbie said...

Beautiful shawl and I will guess Terpsichore.

8:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love it. I vote for Terpsichore.
jwallace on ravelry

8:52 PM  
Anonymous twinsetellen said...

I can see the lyre in the motif, but I also see a mask. Hence my guess is Thalia, with her comic mask as emblem.

9:15 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

Terpsichore I'm guessing.
michelle

9:27 PM  
Blogger Dataknitter said...

I would say that this one is named Euterpe - the pattern in the lace looks somewhat like a lyre.

9:35 PM  
Blogger paribanu said...

Terpsichore is my guess:-)

11:12 PM  
Blogger Kaunis Nelli said...

I would choose Euterpe

12:07 AM  
Blogger janita said...

Euterpe is my guess, and it is pure guess but the song--O I will sing for the blocking wires. Beautiful pattern no matter the name

1:48 AM  
Blogger Gail said...

I'm guessing Terpsichore.

3:18 AM  
Blogger Malin said...

I guess Euterpe!
Thanks for the chance to win. I've heard many great thing about these blocking wires, it would be fab to test them!

3:28 AM  
Blogger JackieLemon said...

my guess is Terpsichores.

4:34 AM  
Anonymous LaurenS said...

I vote Urania -- another beautiful shawl

LaurenS (ravelry)

6:06 AM  
OpenID jennylw said...

I'm guessing Terpsichore because google found a statue called birth of a muse for me. The muse is rising from a fleur de lys. It is at the corner of Terpsichore and Prytinia Sts in New Orleans.

I did think that it might be Thalia because she is holding a trumpet, but I decided to follow the crowd

6:15 AM  
Anonymous Melanie said...

I'm going to guess Terpsichore also. Melanie

6:32 AM  
Blogger Robin said...

Pimpleia the city where muses were celebrated.

7:01 AM  
Blogger Sally said...

I must agree with everyone who has guessed Terpsichore. The pattern is beautiful and the color you used magnificent! The color works so very well in this pattern. Oh, and I would love to win the blocking wires - I haven't gone that route yet myself (blocking with wires that is).

7:03 AM  
Blogger Robin H said...

I confirm again the guess for Terpsichore, those are very lyre-esque... Whatever her name she is a BEAUTY!!!!!

7:40 AM  
Anonymous Lisa T said...

I'm gunna go with Urania too ( cuz when people ask about the shawl I'd be able to make Uranus jokes :-)

7:52 AM  
Anonymous Diane said...

Beautiful shawl! I'm going with Terpsichore.

8:11 AM  
Blogger Lydia said...

my guess is Euterpe

8:46 AM  
Blogger carolknits said...

I'd say Urania. Because it sparkles like a star! Are those the fine blocking wires?

8:53 AM  
Blogger ui said...

My guess is Thalia. Lovely shawl!

10:22 AM  
Blogger carolinatrails said...

Beautiful! Terpsichore is my guess.

10:51 AM  
Anonymous dana said...

i'll guess Terpsichore, just because i like saying that the most.

11:26 AM  
Blogger Christine said...

Wow, this is amazing! I'm going to guess Terpsichore.

11:35 AM  
Blogger Tamara said...

Euterpe gets my vote because I love poetry and the lace doesn't look like a dancer's moves to me. Lovely pattern that will have to queue once my e-book gets updated.

12:04 PM  
Blogger Kim R said...

I have to go with Terpsichore. I have a set of stiff blocking wires but I bet those bendy ones would make shawl blocking loads easier.

12:09 PM  
Anonymous Erika said...

My guess is Erato, and I would loooove those blocking wires. Beautyfull shawl!

12:33 PM  
Blogger Diane in Oregon said...

Gorgeous! No idea on the name...

12:35 PM  
Blogger durham_knits said...

I think she's Euterpe!

But whatever her name, she is truly lovely.

1:20 PM  
Anonymous Debra said...

Terpsichore. The gold fleur de lis are beautiful.

1:20 PM  
Blogger Lynne4444 said...

love the colour and the shawl pattern. and extra long blocking wires please and thank you.

2:14 PM  
Blogger MareKnits said...

I think Aurora would be a good name. The blocking wires would be fantastic.

2:34 PM  
Blogger audrey said...

I'll guess Thalia because it means "the joyous, the flourishing", which seems the best fit with the New Orleans clue ... and "flourishing" is close to "fleur"

3:19 PM  
Anonymous Kei said...

Terpsichore is my guess.

6:41 PM  
Anonymous Kelli doubek said...

Terpsichore is also my guess... And extra long blocking wires??? Be still my heart!

12:24 AM  
Blogger P said...

I'm going with Urania, because the fleur-de-lis sometimes appears on compasses, which is one of Urania's emblems.

12:30 AM  
Anonymous Terri said...

I love this shawl. Terpsichore is my guess.

Those flexible blocking wires would be great.

7:16 AM  
Blogger heydebbi said...

Not good at naming, or pronouncing many of Romi's shawls names.

As a beginner knitter, I was lucky to find Romi so early on, my first lace pattern being Flori di sol...

It looks like we all could use lots and lots of those wonderful INSPINKNITY EXTRA LONG FINE LACY BLOCKING WIRES............to block Romi's lace shawls

9:58 AM  
Blogger Taylor said...

What a nice give-away! My guess is Terpsichore because of everyone's great reasons. Mostly I just like the sound of it.

10:11 AM  
Anonymous Lian said...

Very pretty. Terpsichore is my guess

10:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beautiful shawl. How about Aoide or Euterpe?

10:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess Terpsichore . She's lovely!
Gwen

1:08 PM  
Blogger Oneday Designs said...

I`m guessing "Terpsichore". I am loving the way those blocking wires appear to be so very flexible.

Linda SV "Oneday"

3:06 PM  
Blogger Wendy said...

I think she looks like a Thalia--"to flourish, to be verdant."

Wendy (Wendeluu on Ravelry)

9:00 PM  
Blogger Rhona said...

This one is definitely Urania .... and as for Inspinity's terrific blocking wires, please send them this way to Montreal, where the Fleur de Lis is the provincial symbol! Merci!

9:13 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I'm going to guess that her name is Euterpe. It's, so pretty I can't wait to knit this.

7:58 AM  
Blogger slmiller8 said...

I have absolutely no idea as my Muse knowledge is sorely lacking; but I have been dreaming about these flexible blocking wires for awhile now so just have to enter the contest.

10:22 AM  
Blogger Jeanne said...

Who won? Who won??? ♥

5:48 PM  
Blogger morefugee said...

After reading Rebecca McNulty's post I have to go with Terpsichore as well. That was a great explanation.

8:01 PM  
Anonymous knittinknit said...

What ever the name, it's going into my queue just as soon as it's released! And may bump Asterope WIP :)

8:49 PM  
Anonymous rkrol said...

I am also guessing Terpsichore.

7:59 AM  
Blogger Yvonne said...

I'll guess Terpsichore. What a beauty. And I love the blocking wires!

10:54 AM  
Blogger Marsha Taylor said...

I'm on the Terpsichore Train. What a lovely piece, Romi!

1:09 PM  
Blogger Ruan Peat said...

I Guess it is Clio, the muse of history, as the shawl is old gold coloured and has fluer de lis from the french history :-)
I would love the blocking wires but am in awe of the shawl!

2:34 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Yes, Terpsichore, definitely. I would love to have those wires!

10:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm certainly late to the party but wanted to comment that this looks beautiful!

Now I'll go look at these super blocking wires.....

8:40 AM  
Blogger Dan and Julie in San Diego said...

Lily's Child

11:44 PM  
Blogger Dan and Julie in San Diego said...

Does your hubby have a weed whacker that he uses in the garden? Get him to give you about 2 yards of plastic cutting line, costs pennies. File the ends smooth and use as blocking wires. Smooth so doesn't snag, plastic so no rusty spots, flexible enough for curves, strong enough to pull out the points when pinned in place. Mine are bright blue so easy to see when using. Cheap so you don't cry if you misplace one.

I just found a ball of very fine Chinese lambswoll, denim blue. I put it away a year ago and forgot where. Found it cleaning up. Maybe Muir? My mother-in-law likes rectangular shawls.

Julie in San Diego

12:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I too am guessing Euterpe, maybe golden Euterpe

9:52 AM  
Blogger hels said...

Stunning as always, just love the fleur de lis. Will have to search for the perfect yarn can't wait to cast on.

1:27 AM  

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