Introducing Maighdeann-ròin Seal Maiden
The time has come for me to finally share with you my most personal and favourite design to date. I know a lot of you have been waiting patiently for this design to be released and I want to thank you so very much for your patience and support. I am happy and over the moon excited to report to you that it is finally here!
This shawl is a homage to my Gaelic roots and a journey though the legends of the Maighdeann-ròin. Also known as a selkie, in Gaelic lore a Maighdeann-ròin is a seal maiden caught on land against her will and taken as a wife when her seal skin is stolen away from her and carefully hidden by her husband so that she may never return to her true home the sea. Caught between land and sea as though trapped in a net, she forever searches for her seal skin until one day years later her children reveal its location to her. She acts without hesitation and immediately runs to the ocean shore, dons her skin and returns to the depths of the sea, forever after watching over her heartbroken human family from amidst the frothy white-capped churning ocean waves offshore.
Maighdeann-ròin is a three-colour, crescent-shaped shawl, worked from the top down, incorporating textures, stripes, lace short rows, and feather-and-fan waves, finished with a picot bind-off. This is a fun knit, with limitless colour combinations and constantly ever changing like the sea itself. A tribute to your own wild woman of the sea.
Want to check out all the fabulous variations of colours? Please check out the project pages! My tests each made this shawl their own unique piece with the colours and moods they selected.
Fingering Weight Yarn. Colour A: 270 meters /295 yards, Colour B: 317 meters /346 yards, Colour C: 119 meters / 130 yards
Specific Yarn Used in Sample: 1 skein each of Sweet Fiber’s Super Sweet Sock, in Colour A: Fossil, Colour B: Tea Leaves, Colour C: Vintage Lace.
Needles: 3.5 mm / US Size 4, 100 cm / 40” Circular needles.
Notions: Stitch markers, tapestry needle, blocking tools.