The Eye of Day by Mary-Anne Mace
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The Eye of Day

March 2018
Light Fingering ?
20 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches
in Chart B, horseshoe lace
US 4 - 3.5 mm
US 6 - 4.0 mm
1750 - 1892 yards (1600 - 1730 m)
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The eye of day, or day’s eye, is the common lawn daisy – bellis perennis. It is called the eye of day because the flowers open at dawn and track the sun across the sky, until the petals close at dusk. I like the term Eye of Day – it seems more descriptive than the noun ‘daisy’. The Eye of Day has animacy, while daisy is simply a noun. I can imagine the Eye(s) of Day tracking the sun in a deliberate act, as if sun tracking was its job. When I think about other beings (including plants) as having animacy, I feel a stronger connection with them – and forging strong connections with the natural world is arguably more important now than it has ever been.

The Eye of Day is a circular shawl, wrap or blanket that features the stitch pattern from my popular design Biophilia in the final tier.

Materials: Ashford Tekapo is a light fingering weight non-superwash yarn. It is delightfully bouncy, sheepy, and the resulting blanket has considerable loft. If you choose to substitute for lace weight or fingering weight yarn you will require between 1600 - 1730 metres respectively (1750 - 1890 yards).

3.5 mm and 4 mm DPNs for when the project is small (or use magic loop). If you use the described circular cast on you will require a crochet hook.

Links:A video link to Emily Ocker’s circular cast on. Written directions for Emily Ocker’s circular cast on.