Knitting Student

Knitting Student

The past two weeks at CK, we’ve had a knitting student from Goel project.  Her name is Son Sovan and she’s from a small village in Takeo province where Goel has a weaving/sewing project.  She’s enjoying her studies at CK and hopes to learn enough to be able to share knitting skills with others in her community.  Many years ago, she worked in a garment factory and met someone who knew how to crochet and she learned some basic crochet skills.  She’s now offered to teach the CK staff how to crochet!  This will be a lovely exchange of skills, indeed. Her training started with learning how to cast on, go a few centimeters of garter stitch and then cast off.  Then it was stocking stitch, moss stitch, ribs and increases and decreases.  Next week she’ll have the chance to put her knitting skills to use in making a complete product.  We’ll teach her how to read one of the patterns that we’ve translated into Khmer and see how she goes.  Project #1:  a pair of baby booties. This is what a pattern for ribs looks in...
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...

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