I have a new pattern out! Two, actually: the Portsmouth, NH scarf and the Portsmouth, NH shawl. I'm kind of in love with both of them -- thank goodness that it's 60 degrees here in Chicago (in July!) and I can wear the shawl everywhere.
You can see that they're very similar patterns, knit in different weights of yarn (for a rather different effect). The idea that inspired this design was to break down the false dichotomy between scarves and shawls. Why should't scarves have interesting (ie, non-rectangular) shapes and fun details? Why shouldn't shawls be as easy to wear as scarves?
So, what's with the name? Portsmouth NH is a city on the eastern seaboard of the US that I (almost) lived in for a year. (Technically, I live in Durham, NH. Durham is kind of boring, though, so I spent a lot of time in Portsmouth). It's a marvelously funky place, combining historic New England charm, NH individualism, and that international feel lots of port towns have. It's also pretty cold in the winter.