People long ago believed in water sprites, sirens, and nymphs, whose mischievous presence explained the inexplicable. The Lorelei, a large rock that soars some 400 feet (120 meters) above the eastern bank of the Rhine river near St. Goarshausen, Germany, is named for one of these sirens. The outcropping marks the narrowest part of the river between Switzerland and the North Sea. A very strong current, a tight turn, and rocks below the waterline have caused countless boating accidents there, many blamed on ships’ captains being mesmerized by the siren song of the Lorelei.
Cowl is worked in the round on large needles holding two strands of fingering weight yarn.