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I'm delighted to be able to share my newest collaboration with my lovely friend Patricia Fortune of Knitograpby Farm Designs!
Patricia lives in a beautiful part of Norway and her new series of shawls are inspired by her walks in the Forest with her small flock of sheep.
Each kit contains 200g of hand dyed yarn and you can use the drop down menu to choose which pattern you would like to knit with it!
In this special kit you will receive
a colour printed pattern booklet
200g of 100% Peruvian Highland wool
2 woodland themed stitch-markers (not shown)
an organza drawstring bag
Here is Patricia's description from the front of her lovely patterns
Three times each day during spring and summer, I leave the farm and take to the forest path. Together with my flock of Grå Trønder sheep, we follow along the pathway and climb the mountain. We walk deeper and deeper into the forest until we reach the forest glade, where my little flock frolics and grazes among the forest trees. I use these daily journeys, as opportunities to forage and to fill my basket with the natural windfall treasures that I find upon the forest floor. It brings such inspiration to find these natural gifts to use as decoration or as material within my dye pots.
Treasures from the Forest Path Hap
The Treasures from the Forest Path-A Forager’s Hap was borne out of the act of collecting these gifts from nature to bring home to the farm. This rustic Hap is warm, light, and drapey. It is a traditional, triangular shaped farm Hap, used to wrap yourself up in as you stroll along the forest path with your foraging basket. It is knit from side to side. The 3D path is created along the left edge. You will increase the length and the width of the Hap along the right side. This edge creates the mossy, textured forest floor, from which forest path treasures are collected. Once you reach the forest glade, you will begin to knit a traditional Shetland pine cone lace motif, which is nesteld within a basket matrix. As you knit, you simulate picking up pine cones, one by one. One, two, three...until your basket is full and you return home. The Hap is bound off with a simple, stretchy, bind off technique that, when blocked, creates a lovely edging. This design in its entirety is inspired by the journeys I have made along the forest path together with my little flock and the many treasures that I have collected and brought back home to the farm.
Forest Path Hap
The Forest Path Hap is a warm, light, drapey, rustic triangular shaped Hap to wrap yourself in and to keep the chill off - as you stroll along the forest path. It is knit top down, beginning with a garter stitch tab. The 3D path is created down the center of the Hap. You will knit wider and wider sections of a mossy textured stitch, as you walk ever deeper into the forest. Once you reach the forest glade, you will reach the beautiful Norwegian pine trees, created out of a traditional Shetland lace motif. There the forest floor is also covered in this reflective mossy texture. The Hap is bound off with a simple, picot, bind off edging, representing the pine cone treasures that I am forever collecting within my knitting basket to bring home to the farm.
Sunshine on the Forest Path
This hap was inspired by these evening trips that we take along the path and the endless hours of daylight and golden sunshine we experience during this time of year. It is also a nod to the many colourful wildflowers growing here on the mountain, in the fields and along in the ditches near the farm. The design of this Hap is rooted in the traditions and history of this region of Norway, in which I call home - Trøndelag. It includes a Trondheim Rose lace motif, which I have modified to reflect and complement the traditional folk costume of this area - the Trønder Bunad. This local bunad, inspired by 17th century fashion, was established within this region in the 1920s. It comes in three traditional colours - Trønder blue, red and green. The Hap is a uniquely shaped, isosceles trapezoid. It has an extra-large wingspan to drape beautifully around the shoulders and down the body- accenting the neckline. The perfect feature when wearing a traditional Norwegian folk costume or walking along the path at midnight picking wildflowers. Because of its symmetry, it can also be folded to create the perfect cozy scarf on blustery days.
Peruvian Highland wool is a lovely new yarn from Chester Wool and I asked Jeni for more information on it:
"The great thing about this wool is that yes it is a little more rustic than our other lines, but it is directly helping communities in the highlands around the mill, this kind of wool has fallen out of favour really with the push towards softer yarns, and the mill wanted to see if we could help, so we decided to make some yarns to support the local communities. The herders were unable to sell this kind of wool from the sheep which survive in the harsher climates in the mountains, so the great things about it are that its directly supporting the local communities, its sourced right around the mill, and actually its wonderful yarn."