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Barley Straw

Knitting
March 2014
Triskelian Yarn and Fibre Taliensin 4-ply
Light Fingering / 3 ply ?
22 stitches and 30 rows = 4 inches in Stockinette
US 5 - 3.75 mm
437 - 492 yards (400 - 450 m)
68 inches (170 cm) long at neck edge; 14 inches (36 cm) deep narrowing to 4 inches (10 cm), including edging
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One golden summer the farmer across the valley sowed his fields with barley.We watched as he dug up the rich red earth with his tractor, watched as the field turned an impossible shade of green when the barley sprouted, and watched the wind moving through the tall stalks as it ripened though the summer. This simple experience stayed with me and inspired a shawl.

The crescent-shaped shawl body is worked from the top down, after which the wide border is knit on sideways, effectively decorating and finishing the edge at the same time.

As time passes I find that the common events in our lives, those as ordinary as knitting a shawl, or watching a field of barley, often become the ones we remember and cherish.They become golden - the color of the ripe barley harvest.