Someone on Twitter put it so wonderfully when they said ‘this is what happens when your interests collide’. My ‘raindrops and roses and whiskers on kittens’ are knitting, fossils, manatees, trilobites, unicorns and rainbows (I maintain that I loved these last two long before they […]
My latest finished project and published pattern is for a trilobite! I am so very pleased with this fun little pattern as it is just one of those things I’d be amazed to be given. I would have loved it as a child just as much as I love it now.
Trilobites were a group of arthropods that roamed the sea bed for around 270 million years, eventually becoming extinct about 250 million years ago. They were one of the most diverse and widely dispersed groups of creatures ever studied, and are a favourite of palaeontologists and anyone with an interest in natural history due to the wonderful fossilised specimens that survive.
After acquiring something that my heart had always desired when my very first little trilobite fossil arrived in the safe hands of my postman, I had a hankering for him to have a big brother, and because Mr Awesome is, well, awesome, he bought me a much bigger trilobite.
But what was once a fossil then became a collection, but a collection of two, and it turned out that I wanted an even bigger trilobite, but being expensive I thought that, actually, it would be a great idea for me to design one.
The pattern comes complete with a diagram of the body parts of a typical trilobite, so the knitter can easily identify which body part they are knitting. The trilobite is knit in two parts with the eyes added afterwards. Though instructions are given for eyes similar to those of the larger fossil pictures, little button eyes could be substituted to represent eyes more similar to those in the smaller fossil.
The diagram is also perfect to give with the trilobite of being made for a child or friend, because that way it’s educational and cute!
The pattern is available for download on Ravelry.
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Yarn: Rowan Felted Tweed Aran
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Get straight back on the bike you fall off of; get straight back on the wheel when the yarn doesn’t work. I quickly came to terms with the fact that I made an ugly yarn, and in retrospect have decided that it is not that ugly. As a few people suggested, I can cut the white and white-mix portions out and knit from the remaining yarn, and I have learned a decent amount about what I like in terms of colour. I think the last skein threw me a bit as I love rainbows and could have made something a lot nicer from my fibre. I shall work a bit more and see if I can pick up the same or a similar set of fibre in the future, and have a better go at it. But before any of that I decided I needed to jump back on the spinning wheel and have a recovery spin. Something that would bring my confidence back up again. I decided on the same format for the spin, a simple 3-ply: this time in in colours that I couldn’t really mess up too much.
This is spun Pembroke by Hilltop Cloud, a blend of 50% Merino, 25% Shetland, 12.5% Mulberry Silk and 12.5% Baby Alpaca. It was a simple pleasure to spin as the fibres all draft easily and smoothly without feeling like they are running away from you. I spun this with ‘help’ from my two year old, who helped pull the fibre away and helped me to pedal my feet, whilst reminding me ‘up, down. up, down’, pushing my feet with his warm and squishy hands. Despite having this expert help, the yarn turned out quite even throughout the three bobbins of singles and plied yarn. I haven’t given the finished skein a wash yet, but it all seems quite balanced so far, and I’ll see what a gentle soak does to the finished spin.
I feel really positive after making this yarn. It gave me both a quick and very simple finished product that I can use, but also a few hours at the wheel doing something relatively mindless. Recently, another bout of acute illness on top of my chronic illness has brought me quite low, and the meditative action of letting my hands take over where my mind does not want to put in as much effort as might cause stress or mistake has been very therapeutic. I have four knitting projects on the needles at the moment (a large blanket I’m designing, another design I am working on that incorporates both colourwork and cables, the trilobite tank top, and a 4-ply jumper). Each of these is a joy to work on in its own right, but sometimes I just need something for my hands to do whilst I tidy up the library of thoughts in my mind, sorting all of those volumes of ideas and emotions back onto their shelves ready to access when I need to. Producing something complete and useable, whilst allowing myself to spin my ‘natural’ singles weight was very liberating and has put me back in the right place to a bit more concentrated knitting over the coming days.