Friday, July 26, 2013

FO: Ronaes Shawl by Karina Westermann

Pattern:  Ronaes by Karina Westermann, part of her Doggerland Collection.
Yarn:  2-ply handspun shetland laceweight, bought from MC Calcott's garden shed in Shieldaig, Strathcarron.
Needles:  5mm Spectra acrylic circulars.

Ronaes is the first design from Karie's Doggerland collection.
It is inspired by archaeology, the landscape, psychogeography.
Immersing yourself in one of Karie's patterns is an invitation to connect with the land.

 At once warm and light, this shawl catches the breeze.  It blocked out to over 2 metres long and perhaps 30cm deep at its widest point.  But it feels weightless, ethereal.

At the same time, the wool has a sculptural strength.  It holds its shape.  It holds its own.

While knitting, I was constantly assaulted by the reek of sheep.
It came wafting up at me in damp, lanolin-rich waves.
Sometimes comforting and homely; sometimes overwhelming, too much to bear.
Rather like coming back to the farm after a long absence.

 "You hated the land and the coarse speak of the folk and learning was brave and fine one day;
 and the next you'd waken with the peewits crying across the hills, deep and deep, crying in the heart of you"

Lewis Grassic Gibbon, Sunset Song



unlabelled clothes said...

That's so beautiful.

MaryinTN said...

Love the new shawl. So pretty and it looks to be so very soft.

Lynne said...

This is beautiful, it looks so delicate. The photos with the barbed wire are great, weren't you afraid it would get plucked?

Ambermoggie, a fragrant soul said...

I love it, so ethereal yet earthy

daisydonut said...

It's beautiful. I love how you've photographed it amongst stones and rusty barb wire and fence posts.

Twelfthknit said...

I am seeing what I think is a chic new 'do. Have you got yourself an asymmetric bob?

Emma said...

Such a beautiful shawl. I love really sheepy wool!
Actually, I love everything about this post, including the stylish haircut, of which you allow us a tantalising glimpse.

christinelaennec said...

Gorgeous shawl, and a very fetching haircut from the looks of it. I also like your quote from LGG. said...

This isn't your run of the mill knitting. Oh no. This is art! I am mesmerised by your masterpiece. Proper skills. It's soooo beautiful :-)

LinB said...

Oh, this shawl is so lovely! And Sunset Song is one of the finest pieces of literature ever written. I still find myself ruminating about those characters, in quiet moments and at odd intervals. Lost my copy when I lent it to an unappreciative "friend." (Have since lost the friend, too.)

acharmofmagpies said...

Ahh, lovely, and what beautiful and artistic photos to boot. You bring such beauty to things.