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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.


I adore that book -- I haven't made any of the specific projects in it, but I've raided the cabling charts to assemble my own items for quite a few things. (It really helped to use the copier function off my printer/scanner to run off copies of each chart I was using, the symbols key from the back of the book, and the pages explaining her special increases and decreases, so I wasn't having to flip back and forth between the pages of the book I needed at any given time.)
Oh, yeah, and in keeping with the idea of making LotR-themed garments, I point out the infamous Rogue sweater, which has been used as the base design for some interesting pieces.
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January 2009

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