Thursday, July 8, 2010

Inspiration - Water Lilies

This morning I emerged from a wooded trail to the sight of this peaceful pond against a brilliant blue sky.  The clear light and sweet bird song made me stop in my tracks for a few moments to soak in the serenity of the place.  

It's kind of hard to see in the photo (sorry!!!)  but the surface of this pond is covered with water lilies blooming in the softest shades of creamy pink against a lush green backdrop, similar to this free photo I found online.

As I headed back down the trail, the soft pink lilies inspired my thoughts towards knitting (big surprise!) and how that beauty could be interpreted in stitches, preferably lace.  I'd probably start with soft, shimmery yarn in a similar color, and something with a bit of silk would be nice.

I've had this Adrienne Vittadini Celia silk yarn in my stash for a while, waiting for just the right project. Or maybe a soft, hand-painted roving or batt, like this one from Oceanwind Knits  spun into an ethereal lace weight yarn would be a good choice? 

I think the Estonian stitch I've seen called a 'star' stitch, like the one used in Elizabeth Freeman's Laminaria Shawl is absolutely gorgeous and reminiscent of the shape of a water lily.  The shawl itself is a work of art, but the stitch alone could also be used in another type of project.

The Echo Flower shawl by Jenny Johnson Johnen might be another pretty option.
Sigh... I probably won't get to this anytime soon, but it is fun to dream!  Who knows where it might lead?  Other ideas?



  1. Beautiful pictures! By the way, there is an Estonian stitch called vesiroosikiri, which means 'water lily stitch'!

  2. Oooh! I'd love to see that stitch. I wonder if it is posted anywhere on the internet?