Midsummer, hot as fire in Nashville right now, leaves me craving a cool breeze and a need for a sweater.
Fortunately, an inventive knitwear designer has created a quick getaway to a place where the woolies are always a good idea.
Up top, Di Gilpin takes us to the island of Skye on the west coast of Scotland for her quick movie about ganseys, her take on a gansey, and beautiful views of a place where the temperature is a handknit-perfect 51 degrees (10 Celsius).
Of course, this movie sent me on a Di Gilpin adventure, during which I unearthed a number of spectacular things to contemplate.
First up, this blanket.
Only 4,767 yards of Rowan yarns required. 16 shades.
This is the Mondrian-Style Blanket from the 2005 Rowan book Scottish Island Knits. Now that I know how to do intarsia (thank you, A Year of Techniques), this will be a breeze. A fairly substantial breeze. Kind of a gale-force, sideways-rain breeze.
Next on the list of Di Gilpin amazingness, this beret.
Three shades of Di Gilpin’s Lalland Scottish Lambswool.
This is the Coda Beret. It requires about 24 times less yarn than the blanket, so I can imagine this beret actually coming into existence during my lifetime.
Graphic and modern. Pretty glorious.
This is the Coda Snood. The Fair Isle technique required to make this would be so easy, so fun—the vertical stripes mean very little aim is required to keep things moving. (We have some new wool mini skeins on the way in a few days that would be a joy to use for this.)
Finally, maybe a gansey is what we need. A gansey that somebody knitted especially for us. The Central Park Gansey, for one.
A sweater custom made for you? Why not?
Di Gilpin has a group of around 90 Scottish knitters who will knit you your very own lush and gorgeous Di Gilpin design, using Di Gilpin’s beautiful yarns. Her full range of beautiful cables and textures is available here.
I’m kind of lost for the Gruainne Frock Coat.
In this photo, it is 51 degrees.
I’m going to crank up the air conditioning and continue the dreamy dreams of the Isle of Skye.
PS The pattern for the Seol Tunic in the video can be found here.