This is a story that begins way back last February, when I first saw the floor tiles in St Magnus cathedral, Kirkwall.
They are beautiful and compelling- far more so than my rather gloomy photos suggest.
Most importantly, they made me think of fairisle patterns, with their diamonds and interlocking lines.
I mulled over this idea for several months, and in the summer I dug out some colours… (full marks to K who spotted the yellow is obviously meant for lichen, but that’s my next project!)
I played around with my felt tips and squared paper and produced a chart. Charting fairisle requires a conceptual shift (for me, anyhow.) Because the thing you don’t need is a pixellated reproduction of your subject, it’s more of a riff on a theme.
The (many times amended) chart turned quickly into a glove.
After several more months, there was even a second glove. (Yeah, one of those “Life got in the way” projects. Small fairisle projects where you need to read the chart every line definitely need a good long block of concentrated knitting time- not one to pick up and put down.)
Finished gloves, ready to be posted to a friend who would have loved to be in Orkney last summer, but didn’t get there in the end. Hopefully they can accompany her when she gets to make the trip.