Thursday, May 24, 2012

A Love - Hate Relationship.....

I have a love-hate relationship with Lily of the Valley.  I know those seemingly innocuous flowers that have delicate sprays of tiny bells - and I am surprised that someone has not written a fairy tale about how those "bells" came to be - how could anyone not just love, love, love them?   Well I love the flowers and maybe even the green leaves for the first few weeks in May and then I realize that they are about to take over and destroy every other plant within in "ringing" distance.

Lily of the Valley

Loathed in the garden, perhaps - but loved in lace. Some of the most exquisite lace is based on the Lily of the Valley stitch. I have the book Knitted Lace of Estonian and let me tell you, if I could find a way to create a nupp that doesn't require micro-surgery on the return row, I would knit Lily of the Valley forever. Many designers have obviously mastered the art of the nupp and have gone on to create timeless pieces.

I am still back at the "starting post" or "casting on post" - but I am working on it!!  So although Lily of the Valley may be an invasive garden species - it hasn't as yet invaded my lace designs - but for a nupp the shawl was lost - or something like that.

Actually I did try some Lily of the Valley in DK.  I didn't do the nupp - just a bobble and designed this.

Here's a close up of the stitch.
Actually it looks a lot better in lace; but I knit the sweater about 15 years ago - way before I ever dreamed that I could knit lace.

Anyway, back to the garden variety of Lily of the Valley - my neighbour calls them - divorce material - it seems that L of V is the only plant that her husband can grow and she is "forbidden" to dig them out. So there are stories here - Lily of the valley stories.

Please post yours and if you have a folk tale about the origin of the plant - please share.  Here is L of V invading another invasive species - Snow in Summer - Let the plant wars begin  :)

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