Lanja Khon-Engheim

Along the Whale Road highlights yarns from Norway, Denmark, Gotland, Öland, the Isle of Man, Iceland, Shetland, the Orkneys, the Faroes, and the Hebrides -- all places where Norsemen visited, settled, and sometimes conquered.

The “whale road” is a Norse kenning for the sea.

Among the Æsir is a series of cowls and shawls named for the Norse gods and their world.

14 items

Inspired by my adopted country, especially the landscapes of the Eastfold and Norwegian folk music.

Not Quite Samite is a collection of 8 scarves named for Merovingian queens. Each scarf uses between 300-450 m of fingering weight yarn, which makes these projects great for stashbusting single skeins.

Available as individual patterns or together as an e-book with pictures from medieval manuscripts and extracts from contemporary chronicles and histories to bring a bit more life to these awkwardly-named (and often quite bloodthirsty) queens.

Had I the heavens’ embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.

W.B. Yeats, “Aedh Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven”