They say that when his mother died, her spirit entered into him, and he was suddenly blessed with artistic talent he'd never had before. He started to work with pastels -- something very new to him -- and discovered that he could create the most beautiful drawings. Steeples. Abbeys. Trees. The sea. All the things he loved.
We were so drawn to the artistry of this monk that we purchased every one of his works that were available and we proudly displayed them here in our offices of Yarnmarket. Then, we were struck with an idea. What if we created a line of yarns based on this monk's pastel works...and we donated money to the Abbey for every skein we sold?
It felt like the right thing to do.
It took us well over a year to determine which of his pastel drawings to use, and then to work with various artists to see which fibers and which colors worked best. We wanted to be sure the quality of the yarn was superior and that the color combinations captured the tones and spirit of the monk's original works. And we wanted to develop patterns for garments and accessories that, we think, do justice to the monk's beautiful color palette.
Now, I'm delighted to announce the launch of The Abbey Collection with patterns available at no cost on Yarnmarket.
Designed by Iris Schreier of Artyarns fame, this line of yarns currently features merino wool inspired by six different pastels: Bronze Church, French Abbey, Moonlight Chapel, Reflection, Lavender Hills and Sunset Chapel.
We'll be adding new pastels, yarns, solid colors and patterns to expand the collection -- and to help increase our donation. Out of respect for the wishes of the monks, we are not publicizing the name of the artist or his monastery.
We hope you enjoy this new Abbey Collection at Yarnmarket. We are ecstatic that we're able to present this inspirational new line to our knitters.