Saturday, January 22, 2011

The Song of Solomon

Sheep Go Round from Fiber Trends
The weekend papers always provide some interesting and esoteric reading - nothing compared to the British "Sunday" papers - but still good. So, I loved reading a discussion, in the Toronto Star, of the King James version of  The Bible which is still considered the gold standard, not just, for Christian beliefs, but also, for the study of imagery, poetry, narration...the list goes on.

I particularly liked a piece by Heather Mallick who was comparing a "sexy" bit in the Song of Solomon to music by the "Stones". This is the quote she used -

"Thy teeth are like a flock of sheep that are even and shorn........." I am sure that this has nothing to do with "woolly mouth" - that feeling in your mouth, the morning after a great party! I guess teeth have changed over the years.

My favourite from the Song of Solomon is: "I am the Rose of Sharon, and the Lily of the Valleys." I have tucked this away as an inspiration for a lace shawl design one day.

Anyway here are my knitting takes on the passage - great sweaters with sheep motifs in either classic fair isle or intarsia - all worn by smiling people with great teeth!

Wooly Sheep Sweater from Fiber Trends
The rest of the passage reads:

........which came up from the washing; whereof every one bear twins, and none is barren among them."

I'll leave ewe to figure this one out. If it's about teeth, one may need some serious dental work. Anyway, I still love the way knitting is connected to so many things and I apologise for any seeming irreverence. It's a wonderful article on something that was written almost 400 years ago and still surpasses it's "updated versions."  Enjoy.

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