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.
Ancient Arts Yarns reached out to me and asked me to design for their new yarn base Lascaux DK. I took inspirations from nature again, and designed Matsu Hat.
This stranded knit hat pattern incorporates a Japanese kanji character “Matsu (松/Pine)! Pine trees are adored in Japan, and are the traditional subject of many beautiful artworks. The motifs representing this iconic tree flow around the hat, presenting images showing different shapes and aspects of pine trees.