Fifteen men on the dead man’s chest

Today’s subject is very far-fetched as it is a play of words in Swedish. The word for jack-tar and an older word for ghost are the same in Swedish – gast (you can see the relation between the words ghost and gast). In the Swedish translation of Fifteen men on the dead man’s chest, known mostly from the TV-series about Pippi Longstocking (probably also the only place where I’ve heard the word gast used as a word for ghost too, her attic is supposedly filled with gastar (pl)), the fifteen men on the dead man’s chest are fifteen jack-tars but when I was a kid I thought it was fifteen ghosts on the dead man’s chest. I know it’s far-fetched but it was really all I could think of during the entire photo session and now when I look at the pictures (except for the ones with the shawl among the currant bushes, then it looks like a snake. I really hope these associations doesn’t put bad karma in the shawl…). That led me to associate the pictures with the song. Look and see if you agree.

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This shawl looks exactly as a gast! A ghost up in a tree, relaxing while waiting for night time when it’s time to fly around town and scare someone uncareful enough to be out and about when the ghost is out.

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That’s obviously not the case though, I haven’t knit a ghost (or?). This is Cartographer by Heidi Kirrmaier. I knit it for Cirkus Cirkör’s project Knitting Peace and thought the pattern appropriate since the call for knitting asks for knits from around the world. This is my contribution and I hope this will warm and comfort someone.

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The yarn is DROPS Baby Merino from Garnstudio, color 02.

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I did the shawl a little longer since I wanted three sections with six squares, like all the other sections of squares, instead of just one section.

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It’s such a pretty pattern. I wanted this shawl to be thick enough to be really warm and therefore I used a different yarn than the pattern called for and I’m happy with the result, I think it will fill it’s purpose.

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I think it will be a little more chic with a lace weight yarn though and I might do one for me in lace.

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Next step is to put the shawl in the mail, if it’s done playing ghost, that is.