One of the lovely things about knitting round and round and round on my top down hoodie, on which I am now over half way down the body, is that it frees the mind to wander off where it pleases. So, once I've ruminated about what I am going to have for my tea and what's going on in the Archers my thoughts inevitably become woolly and, because I hadn't got round to putting it away, my eyes fell on this month's offering from the Yarn Yard sock club.
This month's suite of yarns is inspired by the Scottish woodlands near Natalie's home. I have to say it is probably my favourite of her club yarn sets to date. It's really grown up yarn, subtle and evocative. The neutrals in the variegated yarn are brought to life with the twist of acid green. I particularly love hand painted solids as they have a movement and shimmer to them that commercially dyed yarns just don't have and this gentle green is no exception.
So, I was thinking about what the colours were saying to me and they brought to mind walking in damp, leafy birch woodland with that simultaneous smell of new life and decay which is how my thoughts turned to fungi (don't ask...) Then I remembered seeing those strange fungal growths on the sides of trees that look like groups of brackets and decided that I was going to try to capture their essence in a design to show of this yarn. I consulted my ever growing mound of stitch dictionaries and came up with this...
The pattern is from Vogue Knitting Stitchionary Volume I and is called Scalloped Shell.I think it looks much more like the frilly underside of a fungus don't you?