I’m really delighted to introduce you to ‘Shivelight’ a beautiful cowl designed by my talented and very kind friend Claire (Claieinstitches) . I was completely bowled over when Claire sent me the finished knit – I couldn’t imagine a more perfect cowl.
The yarn used in the cowl is Gotland from Fearniewell Croft. Their Gotlands have a ‘hint of Shetland’ due to a determined tup a few generations ago. Thanks to this adventurous tup the normal range of Gotland greys is increased to include paler greys and a creamy white. The wool is typically soft and warm with a slight sheen and the addition of the Shetland genes, although perhaps reducing the lustre slightly, can be felt in the lovely soft handle of this beautiful wool. The 2017 clip from this special flock has been split into four colours – Charcoal, Grey, Silver, Cream.
Claire was inspired by the woods on the Black Isle and the design perfectly captures ‘lances of sunlight piercing the woodland canopy and the shadows cast on the woodland floor’. She has prepared lovely pattern cards, joined by a stitch marker, which include an extract from a beautiful poem by Gerard Manley Hopkins.
‘……Down roughcast, down dazzling whitewash,
wherever an elm arches, Shivelights& shadowtackle