Donna's Writings

12/07/2013

A self published knitting book comes together

Taking the photographs for a knitting book is as important as making the samples and doing the writing. For Stories In Stitches™ 2, we had three different locations.

  • The Anna Marie Jensen shawls and doilies were shot in Colorado by Ava’s husband, Rich.
  • The cardigan and pi shawl featuring Dorothy Reade’s motifs were shot in North Carolina by Rohn Strong & Harrison Stone.
  • And the shots of the Orenburg and Shetland sampler shawls were shot by my husband, Dominic, when we were at the Fiber College of Maine event. Instead of staying at the main campgrounds, we got a hotel room up the street and we took these photos in our “back yard.”
Orenburg Lace Shawl

Orenburg Lace Shawl

This is a shawl I bought from Galina Khmeleva, author of Gossamer Webs: The History and Techniques of Orenburg Lace Shawls, years ago at her booth at the Estes Park Wool Market. It’s made out of the softest, warmest yarn that you can imagine, with a strand of goat fiber plied with a strand of silk. When I first bought it, I thought I would save it to wear at special events but after a couple of years, I decided that was a waste so now I use it for a blanket when I am reading or watching TV on chilly fall and winter evenings.

Shetland Lace Shawl

Shetland Lace Shawl

This Shetland shawl is owned by Anne Berk. One of her ancestors made it. I’ve never seen the stitch motif used here before on any antique knitted pieces or in any stitch libraries. One of my goals for next year is to work it out and publish the pattern.

Anne says:

Deborah Dawson was born in September 1789, and she is the person who did the sampler hanging in my living room. There is no doubt that she was an accomplished needle-woman, and it is possible she knit the shawl–if it could really be that old. Lots of people were traveling to Colonial America from Britain, and she could have gotten the pattern idea from a friend or neighbor, easily. Martha Morris was Deborah Dawson’s grand-daughter, and my great-great-grandmother. I have her birthdate somewhere, but she was born around 1820. The shawl could have been her work, as well, depending on the age of the item.

The beauty of the natural landscape on the coast of Maine accents the beauty of the the craftsmanship in these gorgeous shawls. I’ll post more about the other photo locations in the future.

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