The Jimmy Beans Wool Holiday Collection has launched and we are excited to be a part of this project again. Last year, we were inspired by holiday feasts and this year, the inspiration was holiday travel. For me, my colourway “Hanalei Sunset” was inspired by our honeymoon to Kauai two years ago:
While Vancouver inspires my deepest devotion during the sunny and green spring and summer seasons, when November rolls around, I am desperately clamoring for some more sunshine.
Before our honeymoon two years ago, I had never actually been to Hawaii but I had always thought vacationing in Hawaii was a bit cheesy. It was probably the distorted image I got from watching too much television, but it just seemed to me to be all cliché surf themes, flowers in drinks, and of course the large print Hawaiian shirts. But our trip to the smaller, quieter island of Kaua’i was simply beautiful.
The whole island, while being overrun by wild chickens, also smells entirely like plumeria and hibiscus flowers. It’s little wonder they call it the Garden Island. Since there are regulations in place that prevent any building from being taller than a coconut tree, it feels very lightly inhabited. Everywhere you look, all you see are coconut, mango, avocado, and guava trees, mountains and water.
Hanalei, on the north shore of Kaua’i, is a peaceful little town that boasts a gorgeous white sand beach and a constellation of fresh fruit carts. This place feels meditative, restorative and magical. Sitting on the north shore and watching the sunset in Kaua’i is at once refreshing and relaxing. And if you get tuckered out by the idea of all the surfing, hiking, boating and swimming in Hanalei, there is a perfect little yarn shop in town that sells hand-dyed yarns and ukuleles! What else could you possibly need for an ideal holiday?
This exclusive colourway was dyed on our fingering weight Merino Silk Fine yarn (50% fine merino and 50% silk) and is available only from Jimmy Beans Wool. Pick up one of the JBW gift packs like “All-Inclusive Resort” or “A Walk on the Beach” or as an individual skein here. And check out all the dyers’ travel traditions on the Jimmy Beans blog here!