Marushka by Anna Dalvi
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Marushka

Knitting
December 2010
Lace ?
24 stitches and 36 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette, blocked
US 2ยฝ - 3.0 mm
600 - 1200 yards (549 - 1097 m)
adjustable
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Marushka is a Russian Fairy Tale about a girl sent out in the middle of winter, through the deep snow to fetch violets, strawberries and apples for her wicked step-sister. With the help of the twelve kings ruling over the months she succeeds. When the step-sister tries to force the kings to give her more apples, King December buries her in snow.

This triangular shawl is knit in a pale green colour called Silver Pine that reminds me of frozen pine trees in the deep of winter. The central motif on the shawl shows Marushkaโ€™s wispy tracks through the snow, as sheโ€™s trudging back and forth between her evil stepsister and the twelve kings. The edging around the shawl alternates between the spring flowers/violets that Marushka was asked to bring, and clusters of wild strawberries. The strawberries are also clustered in such a way that from a distance the clusters look like ripe apples.

The complete fairy tale can be read here.