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Inspiration

Mae Govannen!

I've come out of lurking (Mirking?) to share some newly-found inspiration.
I have recently acquired a copy of Lavold's Viking Knits. I purchased this on purpose to see what I could learn of it, to turn to knitted garments such as  the folk of Rohan might wear. I'm also debating whether to take up the idea of combining naalbinding and knitting in the design of a garment.

Has anyone else seen this book? What are your opinions on it? I have read it through but not yet tried the patterns. Some of the directions, in particular the charts for corner knotwork, I find puzzling. The straightaways seem clear, and the embroidery embellishments for Fafner, the dwarf-turned-dragon, look fairly facile (but then I've always been more comfortable with my embroidery than my knitting).

I did discover that the runes she chose for her pattern set are not the same as Tolkien had purposed for Middle Earth; he used the Anglo-Saxon futhark, which differs slightly.  I'm going to begin work on patterns for letters not covered by those Lavold listed. I will endeavor to share the results of my experiment when I have tested my patterns, whereupon folk here can "proof" them for me.

Comments

That sweater's fantastic.
Thanks!
mallorn leaf

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