Here is my latest pattern, â€˜Marramâ€™. Featuring spiralling slipped stitches and a secondary spiral of stepped colour changes in thin, graphical stripes. I have been wearing this hat, knit in a blend of warm alpaca, merino, and even a touch of silk, quite a lot over the last week or so, now that the temperature has dipped into a cold that bites just a bit harder. I wanted to show how suited I thought it was to a man as well as to a woman, especially in the season of knitted gifts when sometimes it is a little harder to find small knitted items for male recipients that have interesting aesthetics as well as an engaging but quick project.
The name â€˜Marramâ€™ came from my last blog post where I asked if folks might have any suggestions over what I might call this hat. I was actually quite surprised by the number of kind and thoughtful responses. There were a few I have to admit that I had to google: â€˜Sphagnopsidaâ€™ and â€˜Sphagnumâ€™, both meaning a type of peat moss from what I gathered, and very apt given the mossy appearance of the hat as had been noted, but they also kept making me think of bolognese. A few suggestions based on the spiralling design: â€˜Fibonacciâ€™ (another I need to check the spelling of) and â€˜Ammoniteâ€™.
So I had a look at the suggestions left in the comments: â€˜Sea Grassâ€™, which could imagine spiralling in the movement of the water, and finally â€˜Marramâ€™. Similar to the Sea Grass suggestion, I could imagine the curving lines of long grass blades, and it seemed to fit perfect.
Also, it is of course a palindrome, which scores extra points as I am a nerd. These few lines of poetry seal the deal:
The spiked marramâ€™s springy knitting-needles
Purl and entangle what concrete cannot conquer
And the green holds back the brown.
– From â€˜The Rock-Faceâ€™ by Norman Nicholson
Thankyou to Linda for the suggestion, and to everyone else who took tome to comment and give me suggestions when I lost inspiration.
Yarn: Rowan RYC Baby Alpaca DK, Rowan RYC Silk Wool DK