This very belated post is about the May/Jun kit for Dubai Knits Yarn Club. My original inspiration was the festivals held in May all over the Philippines, in particular the . The Santacruzan refers to the pageant on the last day of Flores de Mayo (literally Mayflowers), held in honour of Helena (known as Reyna Elena) and Constantine finding the True Cross in Jerusalem.
On the last day of May, all over the country, young ladies wearing colourful, sometimes elaborate Filipiniana-style gowns carrying fresh flowers walk in procession on the streets leading up to the town’s main parish church for high mass.
This kit’s colourway recalls small lilac flowers with long green stalks and leaves swaying in the summer breeze. In the early morning its petals would hold dewdrops weighing it down until the sun eventually breaks through and soaks it all up. I don’t remember the name of those flowers but the colours are similar to snowdrops.
Summer Fling is a gentle blend of fresh grass green and lilac. A peek of white escapes in between just as those tender stalks peek through the base of the flower. These are random lengths of colours and does not self-stripe.
The club extra for this kit are these daisy stitch markers which are prettier than I expected them to be. Don’t you just love the cork-topped vial? I think there’s something very romantic about them! The colours of the stitch markers obviously reflect this month’s colourway. Those snazzy tape measures in the previous kit went down a treat so I thought it best to follow it up with another one of The Sexy Knitter’s cute yet highly usable notions. Sarah is a pleasure to work with, so flexible and so quick even though our only means of communication is online. Visit Sarah’s shop on Etsy when you get a chance!
Lindsay Tabsh is our guest designer this time around. Lindsay was responsible for setting up the UAE Amiras group in Ravelry and getting us all together. After a brief stint in Abu Dhabi, UAE, she is now back Stateside in Chicago where she knits, designs knitwear and lives with her husband who is very tolerable of her fascination with yarn and pointy sticks.
Lindsay brings us the Mayflower Cowl – a flirty, light infinity scarf with solid panels of stockinette for structure among panels of stretchy lace. It is long enough to be wrapped three times around your neck and still have it drape in front. Knitted in lightweight yarn, it would go well with any summer outfit. Knit it in a heavier yarn and it would be perfect to snuggle into as the weather gets cooler.
Thank you, Lindsay for taking time out of your busy schedule to collaborate with me on this club shipment. I hope this is not the last time!