Duwamish is a gorgeous worsted weight lace shawl that can be worn as a scarf or shawl. Made with Malabrigo Rios’ 100% Superwash Uraguayan Merino, not only will it keep you toasty in colder weather, but you can feel good about supporting an environmentally responsible company that focuses on sustainability, good farming and good sheering practices. Their superwash process meets Oeko-Tex standards, as do all their dyes.
Duwamish is named after the people who have lived in the Puget Sound, WA, for millennia. Despite being signatories to the first treaty with the European-American settlers, and despite over four decades of legal battle with my government, the US government has refused to recognize them as a Native American Tribe.
The Duwamish exist. They are still a native tribe. Their voices are still heard. Please visit them at www.duwamishtribe.org.
15% of all sales of the Duwamish pattern will be donated to the Duwamish Tribal Council.
Holda, the Goddess of Winter, is a cozy yet sexy stocking that will keep you warm in winter but look great year round. It has a lovely vertical lace panel running up the back of the leg, inspired by stocking seams from the 1940’s. Knit using Manos del Uraguy’s Allegria sock yarn, not only will these beauties keep you warm, but you can also feel good about supporting a company that has been Fair Trade certified since 2009, and is committed to sustainable business practices that support rural Uruguayan women.
Willani is a beautifully striped half pi shawl that will keep you warm from Autumn through the Spring. The stripes start out narrow on one side and increase in width as they approach the opposite side thanks to clever short row shaping. Knit using Magpie Fibers Swanky DK, the colors from this indie dyer are absolutely gorgeous.
Always at a loss for names, I’d hoped to name Willani after a snail with similar coloring, but they don’t exist. However, my online search led me down a rabbit hole to the super colorful, often bizarre-looking sea slugs, Nudibranch Chromodoris. The funky little Nudibranch Chromodoris Willani, was named by Dr. Richard C. Willan (because when you discover a new species you get to name it pretty much whatever you want). Its two antennae have both scent and taste receptors. And their gills are external! They’re a weird group of waving antenae-like things on their backs. I know I’m a total nerd to find these tiny slugs as amazingly cool as I do, but I’m just going to own my nerdiness - they’re so cool!