I started this shawl in June, 2003. I had just finished my travel shawl, a blue silk shawl handspun on a drop spindle as I backpacked through Southeast Asia, letting go of my past life and considering what came next.
On my return, I decided to make a companion piece – a meditation shawl to help build a new life around the things I most valued.
So, I began the spiral shawl.
Earth: “Drooping Elm Leaf”, from Barbara Walker’s A Treasury of Knitting Patterns
Air: “Quatrefoil Eyelets”, ibid
Fire: “Chinese Lace”, from Barbara Walker’s Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns
Water: Adapted from Suzanne Lewis’s Knitting Lace
Light: plain stockinette stitch
Darkness: “Starlight Lace”, from Barbara Walker’s Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns
“Right Action” and “Compassion” are original to the author, as is the overall shawl design.