For those who have not visited A Great Yarn, each month we create a unique “Chatham Yarn,” which is hand-dyed by our great friend Shellee Poulin. Our goal is to recreate an iconic Chatham landmark in yarn. Beginning last August, we decided that for six months we would focus on “Hidden Treasures of Chatham,” which are places that many visitors might have missed in favor of trips to the lighthouse or fish pier.
Stop number three on our Hidden Treasures of Chatham is the Chatham Labyrinth, which is located at the far end of Chase Park in the heart of Chatham. In November 2010, clergy from the seven churches in Chatham initiated an effort to bring the gift of the labyrinth to the town of Chatham in honor of its 300th Anniversary, with its theme “Find Your Way Here.”
The design chosen for the Chatham Labyrinth is a replica of the 11-circuit medieval labyrinth found in the floor of Chartres Cathedral in France. Everything is in proportion to everything else which helps create a sense of harmony and fluid energy.
The labyrinth is made of cut and sealed earth-toned pavers, and measures forty-four feet in diameter. The center has 6 petals and is often called the rosette, a sign of beauty and love.
The entrance to the Chatham Labyrinth is oriented to “true north.” In earlier times, sailors navigated by the stars at night and relied on the North Star to help them find their way home safely. “True North” has since become a symbol of hope for all those who are seeking to find “where the good way lies.”
The yarn we selected for our October Chatham Yarn offering is a fingering weight yarn. Each skein contains 490 yards, and is composed of 100% superwash merino. We asked Shellee to use various shades of gray to reflect the colors of the Chatham Labyrinth, with touches of green to represent the Healing Garden, which surrounds the Labyrinth. As usual she did a marvelous job.