Eärë (Seascape)

Eärë (Seascape), originally uploaded by elemmaciltur.

Started: 08th August 2008
Finished: 01st May 2009
Needles: 4 mm / 80 cm Addi Lace
Yarn: GGH "Kid Melange", colour 004, lot 8002451
Pattern: Seascape by Kieran Foley from Knitty Summer 2008 issue
Modifications: I added extra repeats to make the stole longer.
Notes: "Eärë" is Quenya for "The Open Sea"...closest I could think of coming to "Seascape".

Eärë (Seascape), originally uploaded by elemmaciltur.

If you actually look at the project information, you'd see that this particular project has been finished a long time ago. However, ever since I started knitting Eärë, I have always known that I wanted to make a proper photo shoot for this particular project and so I waited until the I got the chance to go to Starnberger See on a sunny day.

Eärë (Seascape), originally uploaded by elemmaciltur.

I was lucky that my friend was with me and she was happy to stand in as a model. I forgot to calculate in the windiness at the lake and I would certainly have had problems doing the photo shoot without someone helping me. I couldn't have dreamt of better results with C. holding the stole and modeling it in the blowing wind. Thank you so much!

The location was perfect, not to mention the flawless weather and the gorgeous day we had. I couldn't have wished for a more perfect photo shoot! And if I may say so: I'm very proud of myself for having knitted the project and done the photo shoot!

Eärë (Seascape), originally uploaded by elemmaciltur.

The particular reason why I really wanted to do the photo shoot at Lake Starnberg was the fact that the colour in the stole reminds me exactly of the colour of the water in the lake and the clear blue sky reflecting off each other.

The theme of water and open sea was apparent with the name of the pattern being "Seascape". Unfortunately, there was no way I could just go to a real open sea to do a photo shoot...but Lake Starnberg did the job. ;-)

Eärë (Seascape), originally uploaded by elemmaciltur.

Knitting Eärë was quite a challenge. There was a period of time that the pattern really got so boring for me that I had put it aside for months on end. However, I have to say that the pattern isn't that hard. The only issue was the fact that there isn't any short pattern repeats that could easily be memorised (at least for me) and so I needed to constantly have the pattern there while knitting on the project, which sometimes is not as convenient.

Eärë (Seascape), originally uploaded by elemmaciltur.

I'm quite torn about the yarn. Whilst Kid Melange is a great cheaper alternative to the available Super-Kid Mohair out there, in comparing it to, say, Rowan's Kid-Silk Haze, GGH's Kid Melange can be quite scratchy due to the fact that Kid Melange contains virgin wool and polyamide instead of silk like in Kid-Silk Haze.

Knitting with Super-Kid Mohair also poses the problem of the fuzz getting simply everywhere. But I don't think you can escape that easily....so it's something you will just have to live with knitting with this kind of fibre.

Still, I reckon that for the quality and the price, GGH Kid Melange is unbeatable for me. (Not that I could ever knit something with Super-Kid Mohair for myself.)

Eärë (Seascape), originally uploaded by elemmaciltur.

Bottom line is that I'm very happy with the result: The yarn, the end product and the photo shoot.

Now I only have to figure out what I should do with it, since obviously I cannot wear it. ;-)

Have a great week, everyone!

Eärë (Seascape), originally uploaded by elemmaciltur.

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TomH's picture

Your photographs are simply amazing. I bow to your incredible ability. And the stole is beautiful as well. Total inspiration!

You have every reason to feel proud of both your knitting and the photo shoot. Both are outstanding. What a fabulous piece of work. Could you not donate the stole to your model?

TomH's picture

Or, maybe he'd consider sending it your way!

Ooh - that would be so wonderful!

chipsir's picture

I hope you have sent some photos to Kieran, he is such a great guy, I am sure he would love to see what you did with his design. Well done on both the photo shoot and the knitting

Thomasknits's picture

You always share such amazing photos.


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Beautiful work as always and your pictures are always breath taking , thanks for sharing !

Bill's picture

Victor...the photos are stunning...(worthy of the book I'm sure you'll get around to writing)...the knitting is glorious, as usual!

jonathan1986's picture

you do know that I live only a few hundred miles away and that I could come and kidnap you and force you to knit beautiful things for me, right......

Stunningly gorgeous, oh and I like the shawl too!!....just kidding!

BuduR's picture

This is really beautiful. And the lake looks great too. I might have to get Ruben to take me there. We're planning to travel around Germany a bit next summer.
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Kerry's picture

What a beautiful shawl, and great photos too.

PaulJMC's picture

Wow mate - just amazing.

In cielo non c'e vino...beviamolo sulla terra!

Aaronknits's picture

As always, stunningly beautiful work!!!

That last photo of the dock is my favorite. Brilliant!!!

rc_in_sd's picture

Your knitting and photography are magnificent!! Truly inspirational!

TheKnittingMill's picture

Beautiful work!! I fell in love with this pattern the first time I saw it! I love the fact that you lengthened it! It's such a treat to look at the photos of your completed work. (",)

“Properly practiced, knitting soothes the troubled spirit, and it doesn’t hurt the untroubled spirit either.”
-- E. Zimmermann, Knitting Without Tears

WillyG's picture

Beautiful, all of it. Your work is always inspirational.

As to what to do with it, I hear you on that. I found something that scratches the itch last night. My town has artisan shows monthly, and my local knitting group is trying to encourage visitors...so we're gonna try to display our works. Gives me something to do with some of my nicer projects that are just sitting around for now. What knitter doesn't want his work to be admired?

purlyman's picture

Wow - that is superb - both the stole and the photo shoot and all the blues. What a wonderful project all around. You do amazing work.


mrossnyc's picture

what a great project and beautiful pics!