I was going to give you a new cast-on this week since it's very nearly spring and I like the metaphor of cast ons for spring, blah, blah, blah, but we got new yarn on Friday and I'd much rather share that with you.  Shibui

Since I was first introduced to this yarn a couple years ago I have admired its aesthetic.  I love their colors and fibers and the simple elegant designs.  Curiosity was niggling at me this morning and I googled the word shibui.  Who knew?  It's the loch ness monster of words (how's that for a mixed metaphor?), but here's what I found on Wikipedia:

(1) Shibui objects appear to be simple overall but they include subtle details, such as textures, that balance simplicity with complexity. 

(2) This balance of simplicity and complexity ensures that one does not tire of a shibui object but constantly finds new meanings and enriched beauty that cause its aesthetic value to grow over the years.

In the 1960s, shibui was a design aesthetic influenced by Americans who had spent time in Japan during the Occupation, and an entire issue of House Beautiful was dedicated to this highest level of beauty.  Elizabeth Gordon, House Beautiful editor (1941-1964) wrote in the August 1960 issue 

“Shibui describes a profound, unassuming, quiet feeling. It is unobtrusive and unostentatious. It may have hidden attainments, but they are not paraded or displayed. The form is simple and must have been arrived at with an economy of means. Shibui is never complicated or contrived.”
That paragraph describes this yarn and its patterns.  For the spring we chose 3 different yarns in colors that complement each other so you can create your unique Shibui.

Silk Cloud
See Shibui patterns here.  To see the new yarn come visit us.  We can help you choose yarns and colors that complement each other so you can create one of these distinct and beautiful garments.


Please note that I changed the day of the Undergrowth Hat from Saturdays to Sundays in April, however the time, 10 - noon remains the same.