August 2012 Archives

Some Mojo Rising

One of my favorite toys ever showing off some lovely Briar Rose "grace" (a blend of superwash merino, bamboo and nylon) which is likely to become a second Rivolo (I gave the first one away). 

I have no idea why I suddenly needed to start another project.  I've been sick all week, am behind as all get out, and really didn't need to start something new.  But I had to.  So I did.  Maybe knitting will help chase the viruses away.

Hand Dyed Yarn in Paradise


The truth is, that while I love Hawaii (and the Island of Kauaii, in particular) I don't really go to Hawaii to knit or go yarn shopping.  It's warm, it's humid and I'm at the beach and knitting is only infrequently on the agenda - so yarn doesn't even seem like the right kind of souvenir from Hawaii most of the time.

That said, I was so surprised to find a nice little yarn store in Hanalei (Kauai's North Shore) in the local Ukelele shop, Strings and Things that I had to stop in and look.  Imagine my surprise to find not only Arucania, but also beautiful locally hand dyed yarn, Hanalei Hand Dyed.  Apparently the yarn originates from a rainy season some time back where there was 40 days of rain.  The owners of the store, who knew how to knit, thought it would be good to find something else to do and the dying business was born.  They have some yarns dyed with local plant-based dyes.

So, in spite of myself, I walked away with some souvenir yarn that would be completely impractical for Hawaiian use (the yarn on the left is 65% cashmere, 35% silk; the yarn on the right is a bamboo/merino blend) but will be perfect for Chicago.  The dusty muted tones of the cashmere silk blend remind me of Kauai rain showers (of which there are many) and the bright sunny tones of the bamboo/merino remind me of Mai Tais by sunset. 

The shawl pin is also a local product, from njm designs (I couldn't find a website). It's labelled as "copper mandala".

There's been a little bit of knitting going on (the scarf of my last post has grown longer) but mostly it's been about the beach and the pursuit of shave ice since arriving on Saturday.  This is our third trip to Kauai... and every time we visit it feels a little more like home.


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