Britain is the home of Gnome-lovers, and there is something quintessentially British about them. There was a time where the gardens of Blighty would have had at least one gnome or two to keep the veggie patch safe. Gnomes have been known to come in all shapes, sizes and have something of an urban mythology and folk-lore attached to them.
So much so, I figured that Petal could do with a new friend. A new friend to keep the veggie patch safe and channel the universe. Perhaps even protect the ink pens from dark magics and unwanted universal forces.
Meet the dark and mysterious Fróði!
‘The learned one’
Made by the lovely Gnomebase, Fróði is the guardian of the ink pens and herald of the muses. With a velvet cap, mystical garments and silver embellishment, he’s something of a learned chap and fits in well with all things Orticultural Obbit.
I’ve just seen this on the BBC website, the Banksy of Knitting was the headline that caught my attention. I don’t often listen to Radio 4, it’s just something I would want to listen. Except when I want to learn about something!
The piece touches on a number of areas. Street Art, the knitting Nanas, even maths. The lady interestingly states that it’s not just older ladies that to do. Gentlemen too, knit. We just don’t assume that they would. Bit of a social stereotype there.
It’s a rather broad documentary, and who would thought that knitting could offend people? And no, I don’t think about the sheep to needle process. There is a whole word of history of knitting. Knitting whilst milking a cow, features. Oh, and the American Civil war, who would have thought that this was a political plotting circle. The most suprising for me, was the prisoners knitting. Who would have thought it? Then there is guerilla knitting. Have heard about it, but never quite got my head around it. I really didn’t know about how knitting one, purling one, could have political ramifications.
Knitting has had something of a boom and rebirth. It has become fashionable and bit of a vogue thing. There has beeen a charity initiative for charities supporting older adults. The Philanthropic nature of craft, is not something that you would otherwise think about.
No longer something for the mature, Granny and Nana lady. I’m not yet either one of those. I was taught many years ago by paternal Granny. My memory is making a long pink scarf. Took me a while, and I would always do my best to not drop stitches. I still drop stitches, and make things bigger than they should be. I can’t read patterns, but probably should learn to read them.
That is the Magic Square project. I have been knitting that on and off for over a year. All panels have seven or fourteen rows. Each stripe has either seven rows in stocking stitch or three in the other one- No, I don’t know what it is called. The aim is to get it big enough, may be with another half a dozen or so panels, and then trim it with knitted and beaded border.