Mara by Karen S. Lauger

Mara

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Knitting
November 2018
Light Fingering ?
24 stitches and 42 rows = 4 inches
in garter stitch
US 4 - 3.5 mm
236 cm along top edge – 63 cm deep

Love this design? Take a look at the Kickstarter campaign for the English version!

The Mara shawl is part of the beautiful and unique Danish knitting book named Sjaler Nordfra (litteral translation: Shawls from the North) inspired by the wild Nordic nature and the stories of the creatures that live there.

Hopefully it will also soon be part of the English version, which will be named Nordic Shawls – please feel free to spread the word about this Kickstarter :)


Mara is the female spirit, who rides the sleeping in Scandinavian folklore. She, who gifts you the nightmares and fills your dreams with truths, you would never acknowledge in the light of the day.

Here I am lying down to sleep;
No nightmare shall plague me
until they have swum through all the waters
that flow upon the earth,
and counted all stars
that appear in the skies*

Mara er det overnaturlige, kvindelige væsen, der rider de sovende. Hende, der giver dig mareridt og fylder dine drømme med sandheder, du aldrig ville erkende i dagens lys.

Mara, Mara minde
er du inde,
så skal du ud
med stok og med sten
med jern og ben.
Så kommer Sankt Olav med sit sværd
og slår dig bagi -
du skal fare en Fandens færd!
Agt dig, Mara, Mara minde!