Latest lace patterns

Latest lace patterns

The lace knitty knitting is continuing.  Below is a photo of our latest lace trials, this time in the naturally dyed yarn from Goel.  I think the pattern on the left could make a nice bracelet and the middle one could work as a headband.  The pattern on the right was disappointing. It looked quite lovely in the book, but perhaps it’s the yarn that does it no justice. In other news, we spent the morning trying to organize the yarn stock and devise a coding system.  You know when you see product codes and find out what they mean?  They’re quite clever aren’t they.  Well, developing one from scratch, it turns out, is not that easy.  Everyone has an opinion on how to number!  In the end we decided we’ll think of codes later.  As long as the yarn is happily stored and organized for now, we’re...
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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