Poetic Thursday #29 Nightfall

amid the bustle there is peace
in the quiet fall of night
and the soft breath of a sleeping baby

nightfall

September 18, 2014 at 11:34 pm Leave a comment

Poetic Thursday #28 Life cycle

once I was a seed
freed by a bite
now I bear three blooms -
future fruit

These are its first flowers. I even remember eating the peach and carelessly tossing the stone into the garden.

 

September 11, 2014 at 11:51 am 2 comments

Atlantis adventure test knit

An Atlantean adventure shawl

What does knitting have in common with Atlantis? Not very much.

However, the boys are fascinated – as most small boys are – with volcanoes. We watched a documentary recently about the dig at Thera near Santorini, in Greece, where an eruption four times larger than the infamous Krakatoa, so large it blotted out the sun on the other side of the globe for days, ejected 60 km3 into the air, triggered the downfall of an entire civilisation, and may perhaps have been the basis of the story Plato wrote, which inspired the myth of Atlantis that is still intriguing us almost two and a half thousand years later.

Atlantis or not, archeologists in the town of Akrotiri on the island of Thera have discovered a fascinating and remarkably advanced civilisation. This was the pinnacle of the Minoan civilisation, and this event was probably it’s downfall, as Akrotiri was the main trading point between … But I’m getting carried away by history, when all I meant to say was that this pattern was inspired by the idea of the complex and intriguing people who lived on this island, painted their walls with gloriously colourful and intricate frescoes, had mysterious religious rituals. And by all the individuals who went about their day to day lives in a time so long ago as to have passed beyond verbal memory, yet has been captured like a magic time capsule by volcanic ash, a snapshot of a time we would otherwise know nothing about.

 

Thera lilies

This flower was thought to be a central part of their religious practices. Such beautiful, elegant forms. Art Nouveau wasn’t so nouveau after all, it seems.

 

Theran fresco

These flowers seem to have been very important to their culture – Isn’t this beautiful? This room doesn’t appear to have windows either, so this probably would have been lit by the fireplace and oil lights. Magical!

 

Funky blue monkey fresco

This blue monkey mural is pretty funky even by modern standards. I love the abstract shapes in the background too.

 

Dolphins of Atlantis, well, maybe.

Dolphins have long been treasured by the Greeks. The sea urchins are a nice touch, softening otherwise straight lines.

 

Akrotiri - Atlantis?

A glimpse of a sea faring nation perched on a steep and rocky mountainside. Note the lion chasing the deer on the ridge top in the top left corner!

I wonder what everyday life was like for your average Akrotirian?

Atlantis lace shawl

Well, after that unsolicited little history lesson, now for the reason for this post. The title tells of a test knit after all..

So here is my little tribute to Atlantis. In a shawl. Don’t ask me why.  Everything is in a shawl at the moment.

The small lace pattern is for those beautiful lilies, and the larger lace seemed suitably garlandy, or possibly wave-ish.

Where is the adventure?

Well you can have your lilies floating or underwater, in a manner of speaking.

You can use the lily lace before or after the garland lace, and you can switch between the two as often as you like until the yarn runs out. This creates the potential for many unique shawls, as the pattern created is slightly different going from large to small than it is going the other way around!

And then there is another variable too, as you can work a plain section first, and then start either large or small lace . (I had to do lots of maths, but I wrote it all down, so you don’t have to do any, I promise!)

Patterns should be ready to go out by Saturday. Anyone interested in testing is very welcome to drop by Nimble Knits and put their hand up. :)

Atlantis lace shawl

 

Now I can set to work on the next collection. This one is all about light and the paradox of waves and particles. Fun stuff.

 

Happy knitting!

September 6, 2014 at 12:57 pm Leave a comment

Poetic Thursday#27 New life

as the water meets the sky but never touches it
so my thoughts reach to you
new life springs from dead soil

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September 2, 2014 at 11:25 pm 2 comments

Leaf Cycle Collection

leaf cycle patterns

I’ve just cast off the last of a series of 4 shawls which I’m calling the Leaf Cycle.

It started with Winterleaf, quite unintentionally, simply because I’d always loved leaf patterns but hadn’t seen any in my favourite crescent format. Then some time while I was stuck in the feverish stage of the flu, the idea of a series grew.

Summerleaf

So there is Summerleaf, with large lush leaves, like the trees in full foliage, and an edging of smaller new leaves peeking out underneath. Shade for lazy summer days, and a living canopy during lingering warm evenings.

 

fallingleaf

And Fallingleaf, with open lacy leaves which flutter away at the edging. Meant for a glamourous, decadent silk, just as the trees deck themselves in their finest hues for their last hurrah before hibernation.

 

winterleaf

Winterleaf has the smallest leaves, and an edging of twig-like tracery. These are the last echoes of autumn while the trees dream, and the promise of spring to come.

 

Blossomleaf

And finally Blossomleaf. I had so much fun designing this one, I really went to town! Inspired by the excitement and playfulness that spring brings, this shawl has a life of its own and can grow into many different things as you play with where, how and if to use the various elements. There are floating blossoms, unfurling leaves and drifts of petals at the edging.

Winterleaf is out already, and the other 3 are in various stages of testing, so they’ll be out in the coming weeks.

leaf cycle shawls

 

August 29, 2014 at 8:59 am 2 comments

Poetic Thursday #26 Rising

winter’s bite has passed

air alive with scent and hum

sap begins to rise

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August 28, 2014 at 3:51 pm Leave a comment

Poetic Thursday #25 Promise

hens have started laying

tiny buds swell on bare branches

spring is coming!

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August 21, 2014 at 10:49 pm Leave a comment

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