Friday, August 8, 2008

Cape Spear Coverlet Pattern Attainment Information

In response to Shelley and yarndork, below is some information where you might be able to get the pattern for the Cape Spear Coverlet.

The website is http://www.pc.gc.ca/lhn-nhs/nl/spear/visit/Services_e.asp and the contact information is:

Cape Spear National Historic Site
P.O. Box 1268
St John's, NL
Canada A1C 5M9
Tel: 709-772-5367
Fax: 709-772-6302
Email: cape.spear@pc.gc.ca

I wish you luck getting the pattern; I hope this works out for you. I purchased the hard copy of this pattern 13 years ago when I was on my honeymoon from a gift shop that I can’t even remember the name of now. Needless to say, there was no contact information on the pattern itself; the internet then wasn’t what it is now. So, I am really grateful to someone named Denise who posted the information above in the comments section of the Yarn Harlot’s blog dated August 7, 2008 where she is actually visiting Cape Spear and viewing the original coverlet.

Failing that, I would advise trying your local public library and look for a motif compendium. I remember seeing one about a decade ago when I was living in Mississauga. In it was a triangular motif similar in principle to the scallop motif with the alternating knitting and purling sections (stockinet stitch for 4 rows, reverse stockinet stitch for 4 rows). When I saw that, I realized how that pattern could be adapted to make different shapes. I wish I had taken down that book’s information now. I think in a future blog, I will take a closer picture of the piece so you can get a general idea of the construction of the motif.

And thank you, Linda, for your recent comment where I posted my pictures of the coverlet pieces I’m currently working on.
http://finallyfranknitting.blogspot.com/2008/05/iron-man-and-cape-spear-coverlet.html

7 comments:

yarndork said...

Thanks so much, you are a sweetheart for going to all this trouble to post this information for all to see. And I for one, would love to see your progress on your coverlet. I think you said something about finishing it before your anniversary, right?

Fran said...

No problem at all. Always glad to help and it's wonderful to see all the interest.

You have increased my motivation to complete this in a timely manner. My little joke was that at the rate I'm going, I'll hopefully complete it by my twentieth anniversary - I've been married for 13 years. I don't plan on keeping everyone hanging for 7 years; especially my poor husband! :)

yarndork said...

I don't know if you're on Ravelry or not, but if you are, look up my projects, specifically the Bucs blanket. My hubby was born down in Tampa, and even though we're not living there, he still loves their football team. He actually, with the help of a cross-stitch design software program, designed a pattern of the Bucs logo for me to crochet him a blanket. My only promise to him was that I'd finish it before I die. He asked me one day, "What if I die before you?" I said, "Don't."

At least he doesn't expect me to work on it during the summer months. It's beg enough now to be hot underneath!

Shelley said...

Thanks for your help! What you have done looks wonderful, and I'll be excited to see how it comes along. :) If you're on Ravelry, look me up. I'm going to be working in it as well.

Bodkin Dragon said...

Fran,

Could you possibly send the requirements for yardages and the number of motifs required for the size pictured in your pattern book?

If you are on Ravelry, could you post it in the thread? I think a lot of us would be interested in the numbers.

Thanx

kelly magill
bodkindragon@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

I just came across the pattern via Ravelry. It's (currently) at http://www.knitting-and.com/wiki/Shell_for_Counterpane .

Fran said...

Thank you for sharing that information!