Local and Naturally Dyed Yarns

Local and Naturally Dyed Yarns

Yesterday, our friend and partner Han from Goel brought a student to the Cambodia Knits office.  She lives in one of the communities that Goel supports through weaving training and natural dyeing.  Goel does some fantastic work in cotton weaving and natural dyeing and we’ve been talking to each other (me from CK and Han from Goel) to find ways we can work together and help each other out.  Han hunted down some locally available (but we assume imported) cotton thread suitable for hand knitting and produced some samples for us.  After playing around a bit, we chose a handful of colours and two of the yarns and ordered a few kilos from Goel. The results are in: All the colours are from local, natural materials.  The middle orange colour is a kind of curry seed and the mauve and purple are from a tree found only in the area where the Laos, Cambodian and Thai borders meet.  Han also mentioned that it is somewhat rare and they are trying to find alternative sources for the colour.   The colours are lovely and we have already started knitting with them.  Results tomorrow! Below is one of the products that Goel makes; cute little bears that come wearing different animal costumes.  The ones below are dressed as a monkey (the smaller one) and as a lion (the bigger one).  They are very cute and once the CK shop is running, we’ll be carrying them for...
Fan Photos

Fan Photos

We’re always happy and excited to get photos of monsters that have gone to live abroad. We received a lovely email from a satisfied customer in California yesterday, Sobeny, who recently ordered a small family of monsters for herself, her daughter and her granddaughter.  She writes: “I am sending you pictures of my grand-daughter “Aveah” in company of Greta and Daphne and Delila.  She absolutely adores Greta and takes her everywhere she goes; as you can see she even falls asleep on Greta.” She also sent a few photos and with her permission here they are: We love these and the knitters really enjoy seeing where their creations have ended up, especially if they bring joy to those who buy...
Cables, not the networking kind

Cables, not the networking kind

Moving right along to a new technique, the CK knitters have mastered cables.  Cables are one of the easiest knitting decorations to learn, but they look complicated and so pretty.  Again, this is for a our future bracelet line. In other news, the accountant called in sick this morning and I was worried about him because he lives alone and has no one to take care of him.  Somehow he made it to the office, weak with fever and a massive headache.  Why did he come to the office you ask?  Well, the knitters spent 30 minutes ‘coining’ him.’  This means rubbing Tiger Balm into the skin as hard as you can with the lid of the Tiger Balm (there are no coins in Cambodian currency)  until it turns red.  Children of immigrant parents in Canada and the US are sometimes accused of abusing their children when they appear at school with the red marks.  Now he is lying in a pathetic heap in the stock room, covered in red marks and Tiger Balm.  The knitters will take care of him for the rest of the day.  This is one of those times when the Western manager needs to recognize culture differences and go with the flow. I’m just glad he has someone to look after him and that the staff are kind enough to help him...
Weird and wonderful yarns

Weird and wonderful yarns

Photos of playing around with fun, funky and a little crazy yarns: These are yarns I bought at the dollar store in Canada in January, mainly to give the knitters more exposure to different textures of fiber and novelty yarns.  Also, just to see how they knit...

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