25 november 2012

St. Ninian's


On the very last day we were on Shetland, we visited Saint Ninian's Beach. It was on the way to the airport, a slight detour. But worth every minute of it. This beach is special because it's a tombolo. It's a sand bridge between 2 pieces of land/rock and the ocean meets the beach on 2 sides.

We were in luck, the sun was shining, it was windy, so lots of waves.

Halfway down, we spotted a seal. It was keeping it's eye on us too. He dove under, came up, spotted us and disappeared in a wave and came up a bit further.
He noticed we came closer and closer... Then he went under and never (seem) to come up again.
Until Amy turned around and saw he made a run for the other side of the water behind us!
He left his prints on the beach..
An amazing goodbye for such a pretty island.

When I came home, someone asked me to knit a shawl with the famous cockle shell pattern. I decided, because it's directional, that the shawl needed to be knit in 2 parts. When that was done, I grafted it in the center, looked at it, and in an instant St. Ninian's came up in my mind...

So.. there you have it. A wonderful experience, a great island, an old pattern and a stunning lace shawl..

The yarn is Merino, Silk, Cashmere in lóvely Dark Red Roses (one of a kind skein).
 The shells meet in the center; when you wear this shawl the shells go in the same direction.

 Pattern will be available December 1, 2012
Pattern: St. Ninians (written and charted)
Design: MoniqueB.
Yarn: 1030m or 1120y  Merino/silk/cashmere 70/20/10 Dark Red Roses OOAK Dye For Wool
Needles: 3,25mm or US 3
Size: 195cm x 73cm or 79" x 29"
Start: Nov 3 2012
Done: Nov 19 2012

7 opmerkingen:

Slip, Knit... Meditate zei

OOOOOOOO....WOOOOOOWWOOOOOOWWWWOOOOOOWWW...EN JA HET IS DAAR GEWELDIG..EN IK VIND JE SHAWL EEN BEAUTY XXX

Noor zei

wat een prachtig schelpenpatroon in deze prachtige sjaal!

Hilde zei

Wat maak jij een geweldig mooie dingen! Zo delicaat en smaakvol! Geweldig! Mijn complimenten!

Jeannette zei

Wat een schitterend eerbetoon!....

hannahsknits zei

Prachtig!!

torirot zei

That's beautiful, Monique!

Bente Halvorsen zei

Hi

This pattern is beutiful!

Bente