Ooooh the Seventies! Fleetwood Mac's Rumours; Queen's A Day at the Races; glam rock; punk rock; and funk! Chic; Village People; the Bee Gees; and the Bay City Rollers! And then there were the films: The Godfather; The Deer Hunter; Star Wars; and Grease! What was on the telly in the UK? Pennies from Heaven; Dixon of Dock Green; and The Good Life. What were we wearing? Ripped black jeans; safety pins; band t-shirts! Bell-bottoms; tabards; Night Fever suits; culottes; platform boots; and granny shoes! Plus I had a fetching pair of knee high Jaws socks! Don't ask!
It was also the decade my family returned to the UK and settled in Scotland. I instantly fell in love with this stunningly beautiful, friendly, amazing country. And, the scenery! Through the Seventies, I remember family trips along the Rest-and-Be-Thankful road through the mountains of Argyll, picnics beside remote streams, cycling round the island of Great Cumbrae on the River Clyde on hired bikes, and holidays to Carradale on the Mull of Kintyre.
I released this design in 2017 as my interpretation of the Argyle diamond pattern based on the music, movies and family holidays in Argyll in the 70s as it reminded me of those amazing times and places calling the design, Argyll. Whereas a traditional Argyle pattern will have the intercrossing diagonal lines passing through the centre of the diamonds, my Argyll diagonals cross outside the diamonds.
Knitting it up this week as a trial piece using my plant-dyed yarns, I was so happy with the result that felt I just had to re-release it! More colours schemes to follow!