Sue McCain dives deep into the cold weather knitting season with her contribution to the Technicolor: Matinee collection. Featuring strong yet beautiful geometrics, Holyrood Hooded Scarf, invites you to escape to the Scottish countryside through your stitches! I can’t decide what I love more – the gorgeous hoodie or the perfectly simple scarf?
1. Which came first, the movie or the design?
Honestly, as soon as I chose the movie (which took about 10 seconds), the design came flying right behind. So much of Outland for me is about the scenery, buildings, and clothing. I’ve been to some of the places they used for movie locations, and I’ve seen the incredible beauty of the Scottish countryside. As a rider, I’ve also experienced it on horseback, so it was only natural that I should create a design that would be worn while riding the moors.
2. Did the movie play a role in your yarn or yarn color choice?
Absolutely. As this was set over 200 years ago, I needed to choose yarns and colors that would look appropriate to the time period. The yarn for the larger project is a sturdy, serviceable yarn with an organic feel that will hold up well to the cold and damp of Scotland and England, and the color is one that would have been achievable with natural resources. The yarn for the smaller project is a finer weight, comfortable to wear next to the skin while still keeping out the weather; the color would have required no dyeing from the natural fleece. In the time period, a costlier, more finely spun yarn would have been appropriate for a smaller accessory – a little bit of luxury that would have been a treasured piece.
3. Any sneak peeks as to how your little project relates to the big project in the next collection?
These two pieces each stand on their own, but they also work beautifully together. I can picture our heroine pairing them for long days in the saddle over rough terrain and in cold and wet weather. The stitch patterns are different but complementary, like pieces of a quilt. They are both diamond-shaped and feature traveling ribbons of Stockinette that stand out in relief against small inset diamonds.