Breathe and Hope Revisited
Earlier this Spring we participated in knitwear designer Casapinka’s Local Yarn Store Day shawl launch with kits for her new 2020 design called Breathe and Hope. It’s been a minute, but we have been able to see some of the amazing shawls fully knit up in the kit colourways, which were based off various East Van neighbourhoods. We are thrilled to be able to both show & tell, as well as re-offer the kit colourways thanks to a quick restock from one of our fav BC indie dyers, Chester Knits!
Check these out…four colour combinations for this shawl that best represent the East Van hoods that we call home:
(we haven’t seen this one knit up yet!)
For our kits we have chosen one of our newest lines of yarn for 2020, Chester Knits Soft Sport because as soon as they arrived almost all of our staff ‘sampled’ and fell in love with this base. Using a sport-weight instead of the pattern’s fingering recommendation, the yardage needed is two skeins of each colour and your shawl will end up slightly larger than the pattern’s given dimension. You’ll also want to purchase Casapinka’s Breathe and Hope shawl that’s available here. The colour combos above are:
- Renfrew: Cactus and Pink Pop colourways to echo the avenues of sakura blossoms found in this neighbourhood;
- Hastings: Peacock and Daffodilly reflecting the vibrancy that is found when a florist, record store, LYS, bookstore and olive oil distributor line a city block;
- Mount Pleasant: Tiger’s Eye and Bubble Gum Ice Cream create a damper colour combo of for a more sophisticated audience;
- Strathcona: Flash Mob and Sea Foam to reflect the welcoming streets of this multicultural neighbourhood.
The top two are high contrast colour combinations that will make the colourwork pop, whereas the bottom two are low contrast colour combos where the colours blend together in the eye of the beholder.
And we are also thrilled to have a top-up on Chester Knits yarns not only in the colourways used in this kit, but also on a large selection of both their Soft Sport and Cloud Worsted bases. Check out more here on this amazing new indie dyer from BC’s Interior, Williams Lake.
The yarn community is an amazing place. Fibre artists, crafters, makers, designers, dyers and farmers all come together to create a vibrant and active community that grows cultural, physical and mental well-being. A Local Yarn Store (known affectionately as a LYS by many in the fibre arts community) both serves and celebrates with this community, so to be at the giving-end of this new community-driven day of celebrating LYSs is such an honour! Thank you to everyone who has supported us through the online store over the past few months of this shift in operations, but it is with initiatives such as this that we are able to survive and help our communities keep small family-owned businesses such as ours! Thank you!!