wow, i can’t believe it’s already time to release the next selection from the bare naked knitspot 2012 club. this time it’s a crescent shawl, knit from a fine unmercerized cotton lace yarn that knits up as soft as cashmere (really.).
wait a sec! i hear you saying—is that color i see?? isn’t BNK supposed to be an UNdyed yarn club??
what—did you all cave at the prospect of yet another neutral yarn pick??
believe me, i’m sure a few of our members thought the same when they opened their club packages last may—that somehow i’d lost my train of thought or something, haha.
but no—the cotton fiber that makes up this yarn grows in colors—all the ones you see on this page and more!
(this is one of my all-time favorite photos of my dear kim3; it captures her so well)
just look at the drape this yarn offers—SOooo soft and snuggly. easy to knit with too—this is not your dime store crochet cotton, no way.
this was one of my favorite chapters of last year’s BNK eBook to write—so full of interesting historical research, contemporary environmental information, and plant science; it was fantastic fun and brought me in contact with new friends, stephanie and steve at ecobutterfly organics.
stephanie has been incredibly helpful in educating me about the production of color grown organic cotton, but also about the global fiber industry and environmental responsibility. she is a constant source of encouragement to do a little more each day in making personal choices that are healthy for the earth.
it is one of several chapters in that book which i go back to read over again now and then. i find the story of this cotton so inspiring—the people involved have that pioneer spirit that on tough days, reminds me that my work has a purpose beyond myself, beyond making a living. it’s very comforting.
haha, it was worth the work of writing that whole book just for this result!
anyway . . . shown above, tall size crescent shawl in ecobutterfly qoperfina lace, a color grown organic cotton yarn which contains 3 percent fine copper fiber (a healing agent), here in precious deep green, one of the most rare colors (this was the color we shipped to the club last may) and deep golden brown
shown below, petite size crescent shawls in ecobutterfly organic cotton lace (no copper content) in colors sage (i see it only in qoperfina at the moment) and vicuna. i couldn’t stop knitting these soft little crescent scarves; they go into my suitcase on nearly every trip.
as mentioned earlier, wandering thyme is also included in the BNK 2012 eBook, collection—12 terrific accessory patterns, each one multi-sized and suitable for gifting or keeping; many will have universal appeal for women, men, and children alike. purchase the eBook collection from the knitspot club website or in our ravelry pattern shop (it takes a few seconds to view).
another fun thing to do—click here to view the wandering thyme project pages to see more examples of these shawls knit by club members and photographed on a variety of people and in alternate yarns.