Itasca by Tanis Gray
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January 2011
16 stitches and 25 rows = 4 inches
in Lace Pattern
US 4 - 3.5 mm
US 9 - 5.5 mm
420 yards (384 m)
One Size, 12.5" x 55"
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First pattern in the Tanis Fiber Arts Year in Color club.

Pattern will be available to non-club members in January, 2012.

When I get sent yarn to knit a garment and am given free reign over my design, I try not to look at the color name.
I find this can have a huge influence over me and I like to keep an open mind, leave the yarn on my desk for a
few days and see what kind of inspiration hits without any prejudice. Growing up on the ocean near Boston I know
how quickly the ocean can go from calm waters to raging storms in a very short while. The blue color looks just like
the ocean in winter-calm on top with a raging storm underneath. That’s the beauty of Tanis Fiber Arts - it’s
multidimensional. I wanted to use a lace pattern that looked like churning water with an edging that mimicked
waves, showing off the gorgeous colorway. The name “itasca” comes from the coast guard base that Amelia
Earhart radioed into while trying to complete her fateful last mission around the world. She left the last leg of her final
voyage with clear skies and a favorable weather forecast, only to have the weather change to an intense storm
making celestial navigation impossible, therefore sealing her unknown fate.