I’ve often thought I was lucky to have my birthday early in the spring when the first flowers are blooming. While the calendar says that spring arrived over a week ago, we seem to be the only people around without something blooming. The pastures are turning green with new grass, and there are plenty of plants emerging in my flower beds, but no blooms. My birthday is a week away and I need a little pick me up.
What’s a knitter to do?
Design a new scarf, that’s what!
The day I took the Maaema Scarf off the needles it was chilly and drizzly. I thought surely once it was off the blocking wires we’d have sunshine and something would be blooming where we could take a nice spring photo.
I told Chris I knew exactly where to find blooms. A few miles away from our place there is a beautiful setting where until a few years ago an old farmhouse stood. There isn’t even any blacktop between here and there — it’s all dirt road. About three years ago grass fire took the house but left the stone chimney. Sitting at the curve of a long dirt road among acres and acres of pasture land, this chimney stands alone. We often drive past this testament to a family’s home, and I’ve watched this architectural ruin as it changes through the seasons. In the winter when snow piles up around it and icicles hang from the stones I feel a little sad. But every spring I watch for the flowers to bloom, for they have survived, planted as they were around the perimeter of a house that no longer exists. A few days ago I saw it was almost time…
This new simple narrow scarf pattern depicts a profusion of flowers from Mother Earth that are perfect for a Spring scarf – or anytime you need a bring a little spring into your wardrobe. It’s called Maaema (pronounced May-emma) for the Estonian goddess symbolizing Mother Earth.
This scarf is knit from end to end, no nupps, no grafting, nothing fussy at all. It’s long and narrow and a lovely choice for a soft pretty 400 yard/365 meter skein. I used Lost City Silk for my sample, but I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend our Oak Barn Merino, Llama Bamboo, or even our Lost City Sock Yarn. The scarf in these photos was knit using a 4US/3.5mm needle.
There is something quite uplifting about a a bunch of daffodils, jonquils, or for that matter any early spring flower. The same goes for a simple scarf that can be completed quickly. My Spring gift to you, my knitting friends, is the Maaema Scarf as a free download. Happy Knitting – and Happy Spring.