Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Flax Hand Towel - A Favorite for Centuries

If you're looking for a small project for on-the-go summer knitting and want something both practical and beautiful, this great two-skein heirloom Flax Hand Towel is just what you're after!

Flax Hand Towel
Brides, mothers, mothers-in-law, new babies, anyone moving into a new home, holiday gifts (knit now to reduce your holiday stress this year!), anyone with a birthday, or yourself . . . .  Who can't use a hand towel?  

This easy-to-knit lace-edged hand towel is an ideal project both for portability and for easy gifts. With a simple lace edging, the hand towel is also a quick and easy way to learn lace knitting.

And if you're worried about a delicate hand-knit piece getting used, don't.  Knit in Euroflax Sport 100% linen yarn, the finished towels are also extremely durable. Toss it in the washer and dryer to clean, and it just gets softer and softer with use.

Detail of Flax Hand Towel
Bonus: Receive the pattern FREE with the purchase of Euroflax Sport!

Euroflax Sport is 100% wet spun linen, and is the industry standard for all-natural linen, for good reason.  Wash it.  Use it. Wash it again.  It only gets softer and more luscious.  Euroflax is the real deal.  Expect drape, durability, wonderful natural sheen, and a beautiful palette of 14 gorgeous colors.

Tarkhan Dress, c 2800 BC
Flax has been a favorite fiber for centuries, and it was so highly prized by the Ancient Egyptians that linen was used as currency.  Expect your Euroflax Sport linen projects to be around and looking good for a long, long time. Your linen hand towel may not last as long as the Tarkhan Dress (left) - but it might!  Worn around 2800 BC, the Tarkhan Dress was excavated from a 1st Dynasty Egyptian tomb in 1913 but was categorized as a pile of linen until it was "rediscovered" in 1977 when the pile was cleaned.  This is not as surprising as it may seem, as the early archaeologists were men who were generally not interested in textiles, and it wasn't until women started entering the field of archaeology that ancient textiles started to become appreciated.  The Tarkhan Dress is part of the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology at the University College London.

Happy Knitting . . . . Amy

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