Sunday, November 23, 2008


as soon as i had knitted the last stitch on the mega sweater for my brother i cast on for another project. i had been inspired by mandy's owl cardigan she made for maggie last christmas and i had wanted to use the owl motif for something for alba. i think whatever suits maggie suits alba too. i am right in the slipstream of mandy. not a bad place to be.

the owl is such a wonderful motif and in catalania where half of alba's family lives it has a deep cultural meaning of being a symbol of wisdom as it of course does here where it is the symbol of bookstores as the snake is a symbol of apothecarians. i remember my middle eastern students being were scared of owls since it was a harbinger of evil.

i grew up with swedish author, elsa beskow's, children's book from last century where the owl teaches the animals and the tomter in the forest what they know. the pictures from her books were so evocative that they have stayed in my mind for all these years. and they are surely the books that i will get my great niece's and nephew's when they get a little older.
so i knit the owl dress from in the original yarn duo, in the most magnificent olive green. i cannot begin to say how much i love this yarn which in fact wasn't the original yarn, but the duo merino, which is a fingerring lambswool, and just the kind of 'honest' yarn that i love. i didn't care for the silk blend since i think silk has a tendency to get out of shape.
i used needles 3mm, and added golden beads as eyes and a greenish velvet ribbon. the pattern says you need 150 grammes of yarn but i only used 100. that is annoying since the yarn is anything but cheap. i am pleased with the end result and it suits her very well. it is a totally feminine dress. alba likes it too, but i forgot to bring the camera along. silly me.

i am happy to say that there is a baby on it's way in my family again. that means all knitting all kinds of baby stuff. i think i will begin with a baby shawl or maybe the spanish christening shawl from folk shawls by cheryl oberle. not that this child has any spanish roots.


Tina - omme i London aka teeweewonders said...

That's so cute!

heidi said...

it' so totally adorable:)

Anonymous said...

Very, very cute! And a baby on the way- yay!

tiennie said...

This is so cute! Yay for a baby on the way for cute baby knits to do!

Sinéad said...

That's a gorgeous dress, really girly. The owl motif is lovely, I may try that myself! Congatulations on the new baby in the family. Happy knitting!

Anonymous said...

So cute! I love the owls! I swear, I am seeing owls everywhere in knitting patterns now...on mittens and cardigans, too.

Shan said...

Wow, comment-palooza!

I like the dress...I think Alba is a lucky girl.

I love owls, too.

Jo at Celtic Memory Yarns said...

Those owls are wonderful! Is there somewhere I can learn to make them too? My DH would love to have them on a sweater and I have just the right yarn...

filambulle said...

The owls are unbelievably cute (I checked them on zigzag stitch blog's too).
It's been a while, hm? I send you a bunch of xo's from cold Switzerland.

Anonymous said...

Oooooh, can you pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeease make me an owl dress for my bear? O_O
I will pay for it and shipping and handling and everything!! And I will love you forever! :)
My mom thinks owls are a "bad omen" but I love owls, hence the name. :)
Let me know about the above. Here's my email:
Night Owl

carolyn said...

I love those piggies! They're adorable.
Hope you like your new job.
You're in one of the places in the world that is probably about as dark as here!