There's a little antique store in my parent's town, and their prices are cheap and their treasures inspire much lusting after. My mom gave me a gift certificate for Christmas, and I was down there browsing through the vintage fabric when I found this:
It's made of linen, and at first I thought it was one of those wall calendars that used to be so popular. It's actually a sort of rundown on Aran stitches and their symbolism! I think I had a hazy idea of there being some meaning behind Aran knitting, but since I haven't attempted it yet, I didn't know much. I love the idea of making a sweater and knitting significance into it. It gives me the shivers.I believe in that kind of witchery. You know that feeling you get in the pit of your heart and veins when you know something is true, at least for your own soul, superstition or not? Symbols in fiber do that to me. I just re-read A Tale of Two Cities, and damned if that Madame Defarge wasn't chilling. I now wonder exactly what her knitting code was. I may try to find that out.