Nomadic Knits is a quarterly publication featuring specific states of the U.S. in each issue. Issue Eight features Washington State.
My “Midori Hat” was inspired by the Evergreen State. The stranded-knit pattern uses a Japanese kanji character Midori (緑), meaning Green, as the main motif. I also wrote an essay for this issue talking about my cultural heritage as a Japanese American. The issue is available in print and for PDF download.
Ancient Arts Yarns is a Canadian dyer specializing in high quality artisanal yarns. Their Lascaux Fine line is a 2-ply fingering weight yarn with Manx Loaghtan wool and Punta Arenas wool.
My “Kaze Hat” is included in their 2021 Collection. The stranded-knit hat incorporates a Japanese kanji character “Kaze (風, Wind).” The motifs continue around the hat just like the beautiful multi-panel screens of Byobu, presenting a series of images related to different aspects of winds. Both the collection and the individual pattern are available as a PDF download.