Wool, knitting needles and plant impressions (eco print) combine to create a unique garment

Today I shall tell you a tale which has only just ended. It is the tale of a cardigan knitted from undyed wool taken from the sheep of the Abruzzo.

It is a long story because I only knit during the afternoon, once I have switched off my computer for the day. At that point, I could not manage another word – even if I wanted to! Actually, writing, or at least having some dealings with books, has been – and still is today – my main occupation. However, I have never given up knitting. More than anything, the length of any tale about knitting depends on the amount of time that I am able to spend with my knitting needles.

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In today’s tale, the time was drawn out because knitting the various pieces – the back, the front and the sleeves – was only the beginning of the project. Once they were knitted, the yet unironed pieces set off on a journey to Rimini along with a skein of undyed wool. Once in Rimini, they touched down in Michela Pasini’s workshop with no instructions except that they be transformed from a basic cardigan into something fabulous.

Michela knows that I am passionate about leaves, she also knows that I adore the leaves of the chestnut tree and those of the oak (and indeed of the oak tree family, since every variety has its own leaf!). However, I did not want to give her set instructions.

When the five pieces were returned to base, they underwent the final phase; after a quick wash, I lay them out in the shade, ironed them and then sewed them together.  The finishing touch was to hem the edges using the skein of wool, which was dyed by Michela.

 

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Here is the result, it is truly astonishing: the entire cardigan is scattered with magnificent rose leaves, straight from Michela’s garden!

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Text and photo Rosa Rossi


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