|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.
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 :)