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Senta

Knitting
June 2012
Fingering / 4 ply (14 wpi) ?
36 stitches and 40 rows = 4 inches in stranded pattern
US 1 - 2.25 mm
US 1½ - 2.5 mm
460 - 470 yards (421 - 430 m)
woman's medium (US7-8)
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Senta is the heroine of Richard Wagner’s opera “The Flying Dutchman”.
For years she has heard about the sailor cursed to wander the seas on a ghostly ship forever without rest. Only the love of a faithful woman can redeem him. Then one day, her father, a sea-captain, arrives with a stranger to whom he has promised his daughter in marriage. Senta knows immediately that they are meant for each other and consents to her father’s choice. But then the stranger declares that he is the “Flying Dutchman” and tells Senta of the curse. As he sets sail to spare the girl his fate, Senta throws herself into the sea, claiming that she will be faithful to him unto death. Thus the Dutchman has finally found salvation, his spectral ship disappears, and he and Senta are seen ascending to heaven.

In the curves and lines of these socks, you can see the heaving waves of the sea and the straightforwardness of Senta’s fidelity.