Knitting soothes the souls and clears the mind, bringing a sense of calmness and peacefulness. I crave knitting time, as I find it relaxing and soothing. When I set off on vacation to Europe, 3 weeks ago, I took knitting needles and yarn with me. About a week into our stay in Germany, I took a day off from touring to sit and knit. The effects of jet lag had taken it’s toll on me-and I just needed a day to stay off my feet. I cast on “All About Love”, a sweet little lace shawl, using my dark Gotland wool yarn, and I knit the first 20 rows.
From Germany, we traveled to the small island of Gotland, Sweden, which lies in the Baltic Sea. There, we sought out shepherds and their flocks of Gotland sheep-to learn from them. We visited with farmers by day, and I knit my Gotland shawl by night. In the mornings, I read, Gateway to Gotland, a book we found on a shelf in our Scandinavian cottage. The book told the secrets of the island, its history, its people, its landscape.
I knit the last rows somewhere over the Atlantic Ocean on our return home a week ago. Over the weekend, I cast off and blocked the shawl. Once again, I am in love with my Gotland yarn. Lighter than air, the shawl provides a gentle warmth across my shoulders, and will be a constant reminder of the kind and generous people I met while on Gotland Island.
Keep an eye on my blog for more posts and pictures to come from Gotland! In the mean time, pop over to instagram to take a peek at this wonderful little island, its sheep, and its people.
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