This has been an emotionally intense project for me and brings together some of the most important people in my life in one shawl.  The yarn started life as fibre blended at Creating Space on my friend Lindi’s drum carder, Spike.  A blend of 2 shades of fine Haunui fibre and a little copper flash angelina, the resultant batts were meant to remind me of my mum, particularly the colour of her hair.

 

My mum was a very special lady (second from the right in the photo) – a musician whose encouragement and example allowed me find my voice, a fearless and practical woman who was first up a ladder despite her dislike of heights, an openhearted soul who would find time and shelter for those who had none, and a brave and beautiful warrior who stared down cancer until her last painful breath when I was just sixteen.

Over the course of a year, I gradually spun over 1400 metres of this gently varigated brown and slightly sparkley 2-ply yarn.

I looked long and hard for pattern that would have meaning for me, and that would show off the evenness, soft bloom and interesting texture of the yarn. The colour drifts that are shown in this photograph were a feature that only became evident after I’d begun to knit.  One of the things I love so much about handspun yarn is the constant surprises that are revealed as you work with it.  I settled on a Boo Knits pattern called Ictis, inspired by the beauty of Cornwall, a place that my mum enjoyed spending time alone and with friends.

The beads on the edge – 4mm Swarovski 5328 Xilion Bicone in Crystal Copper – were a gift from my loving fiance, and bind us all together in this one piece of handcrafted love.

The whole thing took a little over 3 weeks to knit, although for part of that time I was banned from knitting lace as I was doped up on painkillers following a general anaesthetic and 2 fewer wisdom teeth.  With finished dimensions of a wingspan of 2 metres and a  depth of 90 cm, this is a huge hug, wrapping me in love and memories.

 

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  5 Responses to “Harmony”

  1. This is a gorgeous feat of so many of your skills, love, and it brings tears to my eyes reading about your memories, love and care that’s gone into this shawl. I can’t wait to see it in person and am thankful that you’ve been find all the elements you wanted to bring this shawl to fruitition. May it bring you many years of joy and comfort. *hugs* x

  2. Beautiful sharing of a powerful story , love woven
    Into a memory garment x

    • Thank you Suzanne, its been a journey of love and healing, tears and precious memories for me.

  3. follow the thread – find your way home…

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