It is 1729. Two years earlier, Jamie and Jenny have lost their brother, Willie, to the small pox. This year, their mother Ellen dies at child birth. She and the baby, Robert, are buried beside Wille on the hill near Lallybroch.
Being the oldest son, Willie was supposed to become laird of Lallybroch, but now this seems to be Jamie’s responsibility.
Being the only female left, Jenny helps her father to run the estate, but also to takes care of her younger brother Jamie.
The yarn kit colourways ‘Jamie’ and ‘Scotland’ (available from Colourspun, Nundle Woollen Mill and Wool Warehouse) include a dark colour in reference to this incident.
In the ‘Storyteller’ colourway (made from DROPS Paris yarn), I use a bright green to reflect the grave under the big tree on the hill.
The most appropriate design to reflect the loss was of course a cross. I was inspired by the square-ish look of many Scottish crosses and wanted to incorporate that into the design.
The cross is layered in three frames to represent the loss of Ellen Caitriona MacKenzie Fraser, but also that of the child who died with her and Willie, who passed away two years earlier.
If you look closely or when you make this square you will notice that the crosses made in the inner frame (the part between inner square and border) reflect not only the ‘squareness’ of the cross, but also the round middle.
You will find this again in the border as a very subtle (but once you have become aware of it obvious) detail.
The free pattern page with photo and video tutorials can be found here:
You can read more background stories here:
The Background of Square 1 – Year Of The Ox
The Background of Square 2 – Sawny
The Background of Square 3 – Goodbye, Mama – this post
The Background of Square 4 – Guarding His Right
The Background of Square 5 – Manners and Chess
The Background of Square 6 – L’Université
The Background of Square 7 – The Duel
The Background of Square 8 – Scars
The Background of Square 9 – Rebekah
The Background of Square 10 – Hunting
The Background of Square 11 – Next of Kin
The Background of Square 12 – Sassenachs