I don’t know about you, but I have really enjoyed and appreciated my knitting over the past year. For many of us, knitting has provided solace, served as a useful focus, or sometimes a source of necessary distraction, and has brought countless opportunities for us to explore our own resourcefulness and creativity through projects large and small. I often look through the Ravelry galleries of KDD patterns, and in recent months I’ve been particularly struck by the range of truly stunning projects being created by inspiring women around the world.
Julie’s Dathan pullover is a case in point. She wanted to knit the sweater with a really special yarn. She chose 16 different shades of cashmere from Inglenook Fibers and carefully spun each colour for her sweater by hand on her drop spindle.
Six months later, Julie had her yarn . . .
And six weeks later, she’d knit her sweater.
A completely stunning garment, and a truly inspiring document of Julie’s creative use of her time over the past few months.
In Scalloway, Marina also enjoyed working on her Dathan pullover, which she describes as the “perfect lockdown project”
Knitted entirely from Marina’s stash of local Jamieson’s and Jamieson & Smith yarns, this Dathan is a glorious burst of Shetland colour!
Combining straightforward knitting with individual creative inclination, the Dathan patterns are great for exploring different yarns as well as different colours. In this spirit, Marianne’s recently knitted several Dathan haps, each very beautiful, each different from the last.
I particularly like this soft and subtle version, knitted in mill ends of heavier, bulky weight yarn.
Deborah’s glorious pullover is just one of many blue projects I’ve found myself recently admiring . . .
I love Lina’s beautiful blue modifications to the Green shoots mittens
And the cables of Corinna’s Tree Tram Tro look so crisp and well-defined in this iconic shade of Rowan Denim.
Meanwhile, in nearby Gourock, Irene’s bold blue Wryit immediately speaks of Scottish west coast summers to me . . .
Dawn’s maritime landscape is at the other end of the country to myself and Irene – and perhaps she will enjoy wearing her blue Wryit around the Devon coast this year.
Aranka currently lives in Belgium, but has a deep connection to Scotland, and knits many beautiful projects with different Scottish woolly yarns. She ( like me) is in an at risk group, and recently had her first vaccine dose – hurrah! Hopefully it won’t be too long before she’s able to return to Scotland once again.
Tomorrow is International Women’s Day, which reminds me that it is a year ago since I took our Balance for Better Blanket to Glasgow University to celebrate a century of Women in Law. It was wonderful to spend that memorable day in March, 2020, meeting and listening to so many inspiring women of different ages, cultural backgrounds, and walks of life. Such physical gatherings are certainly something I’ve missed over the past year, but women around the world continue to inspire me with their creativity, strength and resourcefulness – and always with their knitting – as the projects shared in this post so clearly illustrate. And all of us involved in its production have been particularly inspired by how the Balance for Better Blanket has continued to find new life in the projects of other knitters over the past twelve months.
Comprising 48 squares and now at last nearing completion, Jane’s blanket is a truly inspiring labour of love!
Happy International Women’s day to all of you inspiring knitters around the world.