The Songlines Collection from Ambah O’Brien

I’ve been doing lots of yarn-related things lately, and one of them was going to the Almonte Fibrefest. A lovely shawl at the Red Sock Blue Sock booth caught my eye. Just a few days later Ambah¬†showed off her new set of shawls: The Songlines Collection. The shawl that had caught my eye was in it! I love a good coincidence.

This 5-pattern collection is inspired by the rhythmic song maps used by the Aboriginal peoples of Australia. Each of the shawls has unique twists and turns that transform simple garter stitch and eyelets into stunning accessories through shaping and great use of colour.

The shawl I saw on display was Alinta. The shape of the shawl is what I really love about it:

Alinta by Ambah O'Brien

(c) Ambah O’Brien

Carinya is similar, but larger and made in lace weight yarn.

Carinya by Ambah O'Brien

(c) Ambah O’Brien

Palana is a DK weight shawl. It has regular U-shaped stripes in the middle, that taper to wing-like triangular ends – a somewhat-familiar shape with a different construction.

Palana by Ambah O'Brien

(c) Ambah O’Brien

Talara is a fingering weight relative of Palana – it’s got a central U-shaped section and wings, but the pattern is completely different.

Talara by Ambah O'Brien

(c) Ambah O’Brien

And finally Yindela is an asymmetrical triangle with the stripes and eyelets that tie this whole collection together.

Yindela by Ambah O'Brien

(c) Ambah O’Brien

I’ve now been lucky enough to have a peek at the patterns for this collection, and I’ve got a chance for you to win a copy of your own! Just comment on this post & let me know which shawl you’d start with and why. Comments will be closed on Thursday, Oct. 1st at 4pm Eastern and I’ll announce the winner on Friday, Oct. 2nd!

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17 Responses to The Songlines Collection from Ambah O’Brien

  1. Yvonne says:

    I would start with the Palana shawl. It looks nice and cozy.

  2. Carla Sereny says:

    I love the Alinta patter – the design is gorgeous and I love that it’s designed using fingering weight yarn.

  3. Susan says:

    Palana – is lovely. It really speaks to me!

  4. Julie Nandorfy says:

    Thanks for highlighting this collection. I love them all! I would start with Talara, I love the U design and that it is a surprising design element.

  5. Daisy says:

    I’d start with Palana as I’ve never done a shawl with that sort of construction. Looks fun!

  6. Frances R says:

    I feel such a connection to Talara, it inspires feelings of depth and emotion. Just beautiful. Sounds silly, but it has such a earthmother/womanly look to me – I can just imagine knitting it in beautiful Australian yarns. :)

  7. Barbara Claridge says:

    I would start with Palinta. I know I will wear it and I am already tossing around colour combinations. Shawls are so versatile at this seasonal transition that I feel I can never have too many.

  8. Jo says:

    I would start with Palana because the constructiom looks different in a fun way.

  9. Elisa says:

    I’d begin with Carinya – I love laceweight shawls, and I happened to stock up on lace yarns recently ;)

  10. Nicole Bacon says:

    I would start with Yindela. The colour combination is calling to me. Although the design appears to be simple, the look is elegant.

  11. RACHELLE says:

    Palana. I have been searching for this type of shawl for ages .

  12. Erin says:

    Carinya — it’s absolutely stunning, and that’s saying a lot in this collection! I’m already plotting what to make it out of. Alinta will come next :)

  13. Shaela says:

    Yindela calls to me. Not sure if it’s the colour or the shape but it is lovely.Thanks for bringing these to my attention!

  14. Mary Lynne says:

    Alinta. It’s fascinating the way the pattern changes from simple to complex and back as the shawl is folded in different ways.

  15. rachel says:

    I have my eye on Talara , the colours of the sample caught my eye and I love the unusual construction.

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  17. kmkat says:

    Darn, I got behind in my blog reading and missed this post. But I like those shawls so much I just bought the ebook. Thanks for spreading the word!