I grew up a country that is well-known for growing lots and lots of flax and linen was implemented in everyday life for many many years, but at times we don't get to appreciate what we have and admire what we have till we travel the world and see others' fascination with this amazing fiber.
I have been collecting skeins of linen yarn produced by various companies for years now and every time there are some new properties I found admirable about them, compare them and dream of a perfect project with them.
Living in Japan has certainly makes you notice and give more appreciation for the linen garments and fabric, here it's almost as expensive as gold as it is a very sought after fabric and garments to be worn in extremely hot and humid summer. It's considered luxury to have numerous linen everyday items around your household, but once you are aware of them it makes you even more appreciative than before. Take LIN-NET store/company in Kyoto for example, Japanese made linen is quite exquisite. And another quite popular Japanese company Fog Linenwork that has their products made in Europe for Japanese market.
Linen knitwear is joyous to wear as it keeps you cool on hot summer days and wicks out moisture but it provides amazing drape as well. Once you figure out how to take care and handle your linen it's all you really want to have around.
I have stumbled upon this movie a while ago and it's simply amazing with gorgeous cinematography, makes you fall in love with linen all over again.
I have been browsing some items for my wish list and linen was getting more and more attention. Dreaming of one of these linen throws for my couch during summer. Love the polka dotted one especially!
During my recent travels I did pick up some amazing screen printed linen from A Verb for Keeping Warm and made this new pillow for my couch. Invisible zipper and all. Sometimes it takes as little as sewing a new pillow to want me sew more...
And in between knitting on my very wooly deadlines this summer I got to squeeze in some knitting a new design with wonderful linen I had in my stash for a while. Here is a sneak photo of it. And pattern is coming up this week.