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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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


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