This fibre is a delectably soft blend of superfine alpaca and Polwarth – both beautifully soft fibres in their own right. The Polwarth adds elasticity and a glorious squooshiness to the final yarn, and the alpaca is drapey and toasty warm. This is just the thing for warm cowls and scarves – anything that will sit around your neck so you can pet it, basically.
This colourway is part of the World Book Day collection, and is based on one of my favourite books – Ahdaf Soueif’s The Map of Love. This is a story of love, and of language and communication. One the one hand this is the story of Anna, an English widow who travels to Egypt at the dawn of the 20th Century. She meets Sharif, a lawyer and Egyptian nationalist committed to fighting the British colonial powers. They fall in love and marry. On the other hand, it’s the story of Isabel, an American descendant of Anna’s who falls in love with Omar, a prominent Egyptian musician. The two timelines deal with love and communication across linguistic and cultural boundaries, as well as the relationship between Egypt and western powers in the past and the present.
The colours I chose are representative of one of the locations in the book – Sharif’s house, which eventually also becomes Anna’s, in Cairo. It seemed to me to be a space of peace and safety in a world that was dangerous for both Sharif and Anna to navigate together. The pale stone, soft pink and green represent the stone seats in the courtyard and the bright bougainvillea that brings joy to the garden. The blue represents the life-giving Nile and the gold Anna’s adventurous and independent spirit.
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