oh, how the time passes! it seems like just a few weeks ago that we were preparing to release the first pattern from the bare naked knitspot 2012 club. and here we are in the throes of summer already, letting the final one fly from the nest.
it might even be a matter of saving the best for last—a gossamer slip of a stole in golden wild muga silk.
simply to die for.
this was a very special yarn for us to offer—it is produced in a tiny area of india by a co-op of farm families who sell it for production through a program sponsored by the central silk board of india, ministry of textiles. i learned so much about silk farming and production; it was a very exciting month for me.
the yarn was custom spun for us by a family-owned mill in india which procures the muga silk fiber from farmers participating in the program.
of course we needed a LOT of help to accomplish this production, which was managed by susan dubois at treenway silks on our behalf.
between the extensive information offered on the central silk board site and the information/travel notes offered in the treenway archives, i was able to put together a wonderful chapter for the final installment of BNK 2012. it is one of my favorite ever pieces of research and writing.
and the project really shows the yarn to nice advantage i think—there is a nice mix of solid and openwork within the piece that allow the wearer to experience the silk two ways. he stitch work is easy enough that the knitter can enjoy the feel of the yarn, but interesting enough to stay focused.
included are instructions for a scarf and two stole sizes; any piece can be executed with either a tailored garter stitch edge or a pretty lace edging that is a bit fancier.
that reminds me; we also shipped an extra goody with this package of a custom designed shawl pin made by plover designs. it was so delicate and pretty—just the right weight for this floaty fabric.
shown above, the petite stole with lace edging in treenway silks carmela, a heavier lace weight yarn with a bit of tooth in its natural honey-gold color.
and shown below, the scarf with garter stitch edge, also in muga silk
swan’s wake is also included in the BNK 2012 eBook, collection—twelve 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 swan’s wake project pages to see more examples of these shawls knit by club members and photographed on a variety of people and in alternate yarns.
and of course, please come over to our ravelry groups to join in the fun there; we have live threads for all of these projects and more that we welcome you to take part in.