Throughout the British Isles, a rich and mysterious folklore surrounds the rumoured homes of the fairy folk: the fairy hill. This is where the fairy folk gather far beneath the stones and moss. It is a place where a curious traveller passing at dawn or dusk might hear the pipes and harps of an otherworldly band, where a visitor may step through a luminous door. Drink a sparkling goblet of fairy wine, taste the fruit of a fairy feast, and you may find yourself dancing months or years of your life away in the space of a single night.
A fairy hill is a threshold to another secret world, which makes it the perfect inspiration for the first design of The Shawl Society Season II. The Fairyhill Shawl calls on these tales of a private realm where mystery and magical company beckon. Its graceful crescent shape and beautiful lace recall the flowers and leaves that flutter across the fae kingdom. This shawl will add a touch of enchantment to your everyday outfits, and with a little sparkle in your yarn or a scatter of twinkling beads it is fit for any revelry. The pattern includes two sizes: the small is perfect for a single spellbinding skein, and the medium colour-blocked version offers opportunities to experiment with bewitching colour combinations.
The true magic of a fairy hill goes far beyond folk tales, and you don’t need a literal belief in the little people to see the results. These are protected places in the human landscape. Farmers will not allow their sheep to graze there and roads are rerouted to avoid angering the mythical residents. As a result, they become sheltering islands for wildlife and ecology, beacons of biodiversity, peaceful havens where nature can carry on her wild creativity, undisturbed by the demands of modern life. Our special knitting projects often occupy the same space in our lives. We carve out a sacred time and place to make beautiful things, and the results of that creation are nothing less than magic.
The Wool Barn Sparkle Sock [75% Superwash Merino, 20% Nylon, 5% Gold Stellina; 400m/436yds per 100g skein]. Or The Wool Barn Twist Sock [80% Superwash Merino, 20% Nylon; 365m/400yds per 100g skein]. 1 x 100g skein.
Or approximately 100g of fingering or sock weight yarn totaling 340m/372yds.
Eden Cottage Yarns Milburn 4ply [85% Bluefaced Leicester, 15% Silk, 200m/218yds per 50g ball]. 4 x 50g balls.
Colour: Natural (2 balls), Steel (2 balls).
Or approximately 140g of fingering or sock weight yarn totaling 560m/610yds.
Or Size to obtain gauge.
1 Stitch marker.
If using beads (optional)
US Steel Size 12/1.0mm Crochet hook (or hook small enough to fit through holes in beads).
Approx. 230 beads / 19g size 6 seed beads (beads used in sample are Miyuki beads).
Approx. 360 beads / 29g size 6 seed beads.