Saturday, 11 May 2013

Talking to the Moon

In the beginning when I started blogging, I felt like I was talking to the moon. I wrote my blogs and comments, but did not really expect anyone to see me. Then, suddenly, people popped up from the other side of that moon. Among other things, I received a phone call from the weekly magazine Allers that wanted to tell the story about my MiniMes, and a comment from a lady who wanted me to make mittens for a BBC-production.

I loved the attention. But I have to admit that I got scared on a couple of occasions, like the time I got hacked. I had started something and then completely lost control over the situation. I felt like one of the moths on a hot summers night at my parent in law's cottage in the south of France. They circle anything that lights up the night sky, getting trapped in lamp posts or burned by one of the mosquito candles. The questions that kept repeating in my mind was; how do I know if I am on the right track or if I am circling a dead end? Is this a wise thing to do or just a silly obsession of mine? And are the people on the other side of that moon friendly and what do they really want from me?
Well, it is too much fun blogging anyway, so I think I'll continue. But I felt the need to get my frustration out into something creative. So I made this shawl called "Talking to the Moon".

In the centre, I have used a pattern called "Sun spots" that I found in Barbara G. Walker's book series "A Treasury of Knitting Patterns".  It looks like thousands of moons. I guess this is how the night sky must look like for a moth. Around the centre, I have knitted a circle of moths using a butterfly pattern I found in Siiri Reimanns book "The Haapsalu Shawl". At the ends, I have used a border I found in Nancy Bush's book "Knitted Laces of Estonia". It reminds me of the arches of a cathedral. I thought it was fitting, as many of the moths will end up getting hurt. The shawl is knitted in two parts and then sewn together in the back to give it symmetry.

I knitted this shawl in my absolute favourite of all lace yarns, called Alchemy of Haiku. It is a wonderful hand painted blend of silk and mohair, and gives a ultra light, airy and fuzzy lace. I chose to knit this shawl in charcoal, as a black south European night. If you wear it over a light dress, the moons will light up through the lace.

I like talking to the moon, but I would like to know who I am talking to. Who is on the other side?
So, if you read this and like what I do on this blog, please leave a comment. Just to say "Hi".

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