I love these the stunningly awesome designs of Barbara Pott.
The Celtic Botanical Knits really appeal to me and I wanted to find a yarn to fit them so we can offer kits.
This is a kit which will work for either of her two pillow designs, the Rowan or the Oak pillows .
Barbara writes about the Celtic Rowan pillow:
The ancient Celts prized the rowan for its protective properties. This design is one in a series of Celtic botanical knits and this pillow is a companion to the Celtic Oak Pillow. Each few (letter) of the ancient Irish writing called Ogam (pronounced owam) is associated with a sacred tree. The Ogam few called “luis” represents the rowan and is incorporated on this pillow pattern.
And about the Celtic Oak Pillow:
The ancient Celts prized the oak over other trees and today the oak wood is still prized for its hard wood and natural beauty. Each few (letter) of the ancient Irish writing called Ogam (pronounced owam) is associated with a sacred tree. The Ogam few called “duir” represents the oak and is incorporated on this pillow pattern. This design is one in a series of Celtic botanical knits that I created to draw attention to the beauty of our planet.
This is not the same yarn that Barbara used in her original pillows.
We went for a very high-quality luxury yarn to better showcase the detailed work that goes into each of these.
We just brought in, from The Fibre Company, Canopy Worsted, a most delicious yarn indeed.
To quote them, Canopy Worsted is a light worsted weight 3-ply strong, soft, shiny and drapey yarn perfect for color work, lace or textured stitch patterns. The unique blend of fibers are spun into a smooth yarn and then kettle dyed, and the different way the fibers absorb the dye creates a beautiful depth of color with subtle heathered tones.
The yarn is 50% baby alpaca/ 30% merino/ 20% viscose bamboo with 200 yards/ 100g skein.
It is a wonderful quality and absolutely delicious to feel. Plus the stitchwork will show up beautifully.
Either of these lovely pillows requires about 600 yards of a worsted weight yarn -- what we are offering on this page is a kit containing three skeins of Canopy Worsted in your choice of:
- Wild Ginger -- a soft nutmeg; a beautiful neutral
- Fern -- a light pistachio green, perfect for Mother Nature's forms
You can see the yarn in the inset photo in the top picture and again below it. The Wild Ginger is very close in color to the original yarn that Barbara knit her originals in. I really think either of these will look marvelous.
Each kit will give you just about exactly the yardage Barbara suggests: 600 yards.
The only thing you will not have is a slightly lighter yarn for the acorns of the Oak Pillow.
The pattern itself contains all text plus charts for the border and center panel. They are each written out in an easy-to-follow manner with special stitches explained.
Each finished pillow is 16" wide and 16" tall, though of course you can change that if you change the gauge. The gauge as it is: 18 stitches x 24 rows to 4" over stockinette.
I love these designs and the fact that they connect to the natural world in such a lovely manner. Knitting them truly appeals to me -- and you too, I hope.
Note also that the kit will not automatically include the pattern.
I know some knitters prefer to get it directly as a PDF file of the pattern from Barbara via her Ravelry web page for the Celtic Oak Pilow or the Celtic Rowan Pillow. In that case, make sure the drop-down menu is set to "No Pattern Needed."
Alternatively, if you would like a printed copy, then the "Pattern" drop-down menu should be set to that.
We also can email the pattern to you via email (just be aware that it is not automatic; I have to manually send it to you and usually do it right before I ship your kit).
So there are two drop-down menus to make sure to set as you would like before you check out.