I’m a big fan of Mindy Dykman, aka Ravenknits and love her intricate patterns, often inspired by nature or the works of JRR Tolkein. Her latest release is being published today (Pi day for those in the know) and is called Be as Water, which is part of a collection of patterns called Elements of Memory. The ebook of six patterns does represent a HUGE saving, but if you prefer there is a discount code for 20% off the individual pattern.
Save 20% off the price of Be As Water using the code BeAsWater in your Ravelry shopping cart. Offer good until 11:59pm EST Tuesday March 19th.
I love the beading and lace details and knitted with fine yarn, it’ll be as light as a feather.
I asked Raven about her design inspiration, here’s what she had to say
“Growing up in the Fraser Delta of British Columbia, with parents who attended UBC, I remember spending many days in the Nitobe Memorial Gardens. These gardens on the UBC campus are considered to be amongst the most authentic Japanese gardens outside of Japan itself. The deliberate plantings and symbolic statuary of the gardens are a huge part of the artistic sensibilities I have carried with me since childhood, and I wanted in some way to honour that debt of influence. It is for this reason that, when I started contemplating the shape with which to represent the traditional elements as a shawl series, I turned to the structure of the gorinto. Built in towers of five defining shapes, the gorinto represents elements of stability and of change, of permanence and impermanence, of the known and of the unknowable.
The spherical second level of the gorinto represents Water. Be As Water is a lace weight circular pi shawl worked from the center out. It is worked in concentric circles with a stocking stitch ring between each ring of lace motifs. The first two lace rings use the traditional Old Shale motif. The third and fifth lace rings use a stitch that represents the word “rain,” the return of water from sea to land. The fourth lace ring uses a Japanese stitch which is an interesting variation of the same concepts found in Old Shale, suggesting that like water, the ideas that are expressible within knitting stitches are similar around the world.”
Let’s have another look at this stunning shawl