Add a splash of colour to your summer wardrobe with a gilet in the jewel colours of Nurturing Fibres’ Eco-Fusion yarn – a pleasure to knit with and wear in the summer heat!
I have always (jokingly) said that if it becomes too hot to knit, I’d sit in an ice bath under a fan if need be. It is not like I have a choice, after all. I knit, therefore I am… 🙂 This summer I almost had to put that idea to the test, what with Southern Africa suffering under successive El Nino-induced heatwaves.
Fortunately, before I was forced to prepare that ice bath, Kelly from The Yarn Tree in Houghton, Johannesburg, contacted me to find out if I could present a workshop for them. One thing lead to another, and before I knew it, I was designing a gilet for them in Eco-Fusion, a cotton and bamboo blend that kept the sweatiness at bay while I knitted it. It has a soft, luxurious, almost silky feel and drapes beautifully. We started off with the pastelly one in Aventurine – a whole new world for me since I am naturally drawn to stronger colours. Then my eye caught the Ruby Pink and we thought why not – let’s do two different colourways.
Carlé Dehning, owner of Nurturing Fibres, gets her inspiration from nature. She says she does not dye first and then name the colour – the name comes first, and then she works on recreating that colour in her dye baths. The inspiration for Ruby Pink and Aventurine is obvious enough, but Kelly and I were a bit puzzled by “Bessy” – a soft yellow. Turns out “Bessy” was named after the local butter producer, known to all as “Bessy Butter”.
Nothing in nature has a flat, even colour, and Carlé’s yarn also have subtle changes in hue as one knits. This is even more pronounced with Eco-Fusion, because bamboo absorbs four times more colour than cotton and the bamboo part of the yarn thus has a slightly deeper colour. The fluffiness of the cotton combined with the sleekness of the bamboo, also creates an interesting texture.
Kits for the gilet are available from The Yarn Tree. The pattern comes in three different sizes – to fit bust 91(97;102) cm.
A workshop to learn the techniques used for the gilet is also available. You will get a kit to knit a scarf (see picture above) following the lace and colour patterned part of the gilet. You will also learn how to join knitting using a picot bind-off – a technique I often use – and learn how to line the knitting.
For all enquiries about the workshop or the gilet kits, please contact The Yarn Tree.