Today I made my first visit to Plum Project Studio in N.Van. Janice, the owner, and I had a really nice visit. Her store is chalked full of wonderful organic fibres like the above fair-trade, organic, hand-spun cotton by Ecobutterfly. YUM!
This wacky yet lovely yarn is made from recycled silk fabric strips. So amazing!
Here is one of Janice's students, Haley, who is making her first knitted project (the bag pictured below). During my visit she polished off the 62 inch strap, cast on 60 stitches for the body and was knitting away as I left. I was very impressed.
Below is organic cotton by Pakucho which are all in the natural colours in which they grew, some a slight tint of green, others grey as well as a range of creamy beige. They come in worsted, aran and bulky weights if I remember correctly.
Janice also carries wonderful organic fabrics, some of which are printed in Toronto and San Francisco. They were ALL quite beautiful!
Here's what I brought home: a skein of the Ecobutterfly organic hand-spun cotton, and four skeins of their new stock of plant-dyed crewel yarn (AKA wool embroidery yarn). I have no specific plans for them as of yet but my imagination is a brewing (I'll definitely be dyeing the cotton)
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