July 21, 2010
Introducing: the first in a line of shawls I’m making, based on an encoded pattern from the sufi chant: la il la ha il allah. “God is all there is”, the ultimate chant of praise and love. A point twill, the pattern is an endless repetition of different diamonds.
I love making patterns based on codes. How is it done? Basically, each letter in the phrase to be encoded is given a shaft number, and that becomes the basis of the pattern. In this case, I had to add shafts in order to keep the twill order.
It feels great to have this one done finally, as it has taken much longer than I expected. It is soft and luxurious and delicate. I think this shawl should be worn on a full moon evening, but definitely not worn near thorned bushes or animals with claws.
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