Galder pattern by Mari-Liisa Varila
Galder, ’charm’ or ’incantation’ is Old English and relates to Old Norse galdr; from the verb galan, ’to sing’. The Oxford English Dictionary only lists two known usages of the word, one in Beowulf, the other dated c1205. In a way, knitting these socks reminded me of flowing, rhythmical chanting or weaving a spell. The cable begins to take form in the cuff, travels down the leg, finally splitting into two smaller cables that meander all the way to the heel and the toe.
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